Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

Solaris and SPARC virtualization management features of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center including "Live Migration"

This blog provides a short history of how Oracle technology in the Solaris and SPARC world has progressed to where we are with the SPARC-T4 Server family and Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly Logical Domains).  The entry continues with observations of why these technologies are relevant to business and IT stakeholders, today.  And finally, how Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center is piquing customer interest in moving forward with Logical Domains, followed by a short demonstration of LDom Migration in action.
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Delivering Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

In the 2011 IOUG Survey on Cloud Computing , 37% of respondents said they have a private cloud computing effort underway within their enterprises, up 29% from a similar survey conducted in August 2010. As you can see from this growing trend in the chart below, a significant number of companies are now considering deploying either private or public clouds, with many leaning towards the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model.

The Oracle PaaS includes Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) as one of its foundations. Based on Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Exadata Database Machine, the Oracle DBaaS model is a highly elastic and scalable platform that can deliver database applications and services in a public or private cloud environment.

One of the reasons why DBaaS works so well and why so many IT organizations are finding it very cost effective is manageability. With the recent release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle now delivers deep management and automation capabilities that span the entire Database cloud lifecycle—from configuration and change management to performance diagnostics and tuning. It lets administrators identify and consolidate pooled resources, setup role-based access, define the service catalog, and related chargeback plans for compliance and reporting purposes.

For example, when the demand for services peak, say during a quarter end closing, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c allows administrators to scale-up their databases, in some case, in as little as 20 minutes, and subsequently scale-down when workloads change. Finally, the solution lets IT management establish accountability for DBaaS consumers to help them understand the costs of services.

In a recent podcast, “Database-as-a-Service using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c”, I talked with Sudip Datta, Senior Director, Oracle Enterprise Manager Product Management, about the paradigm shift for deploying database applications and services to the cloud through DBaaS. Listen to the podcast by clicking the image below.

To learn more about Database-as-a-Service, I recommend you read the technical whitepaper Database-as-a-Service using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cookbook, which outlines how to setup DBaaS for your organization.

For more advanced documentation, be sure to read Part III of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide that focuses on the Database-as-a-Service.

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