Wednesday Feb 29, 2012

Manage Oracle on the Go! Get the New Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile App for iPhone

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Mobile App for incident management with service request integration is now available for the Apple iPhone. With this release Oracle now offers the ability to track, monitor, and manage incidents directly from your smart phone. IT managers and administrators using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can view incident and problem details directly in the app, as well as acknowledge, assign, prioritize, escalate and annotate incidents. The app provides seamless connectivity to My Oracle Support allowing users to drill-down into any service request associated with a problem. In addition, the flexible setup screen enables users to connect to multiple Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c environments from within a single pane.

Manage incidents directly from your iPhone
View and track system issues
Provide quick status updates


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CASE STUDY: Vodafone Embraces Proactive Database Management to Ensure Reliable Mobile Communications for 391 Million Customers

Check out the latest customer case study for Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies. Learn how Vodafone overcame the challenge of managing 3,650 databases across its global businesses by embracing proactive database management with integrated support. The end result; response times to issues improved by 50%, leading to highly available and more reliable mobile communications for Vodafone's customers. Read the case study.


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Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Cerner Delivers Proactive Database-as-a-Service

Watch and learn how Cerner, one of the leading healthcare technology solution providers, efficiently manages hundreds of databases for its clients using Oracle Enterprise Manager and Database-as-a-Service.

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Monday Feb 27, 2012

Why Database as a Service: Think Scalability and Agility

For those interested in delivering Database as a Service (DBaaS) for your IT, or just looking for more insight into this powerful capability—check out the latest Oracle Enterprise 12c InDepth Newsletter. This edition features a great article on why you should consider DBaaS in your IT strategy. Here's a hint, think scalability and agility!

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Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Q&A: Leng Tan, VP of Development, Discusses the New Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Solution

In this month's Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c InDepth Newsletter, Leng Tan, VP of Development for Database Manageability, discusses some of the issues facing IT today. In the interview, Leng talks about the ways administrators can address and overcome these challenges using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Database Lifecycle Management solution. Be sure to read the article to learn more!

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Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Newsletter: February 2012 Edition Now Available

Get the latest issue of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Indepth Newsletter. Read it Now!

The February edition covers:

  • Oracle Database Lifecycle Management
  • Enterprise Management Online Forum
  • Database as a Service
  • and much more...

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Tuesday Feb 21, 2012

Oracle Exadata Management — Diary of an Exadata DBA

I recently had the chance to sit down with Deba Chatterjee, Senior Product Manager, Database Manageability to talk about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and how it's making Oracle Exadata management easier for DBAs. He had a great analogy that I wanted to share. "To describe how Enterprise Manager is making Exadata management simple and less complex, is by using an approach we call, 'Exadata Aware Database Performance Analysis'. The best way to illustrate how this works, is to use real-world scenarios," Deba added. Here is one of those scenarios—an excerpt from the diary of an Exadata DBA.

November 15th, Late Evening

Database performance has suddenly dropped becoming very poor. The same reports that were running fine a couple of hours ago are now taking forever to complete. The boss just left me a message that the CRM analytics director was pretty upset and wants to know why we have a performance problem.

I checked the queries and the execution plans both look the same with lots of smart scans and cell offloading. Suddenly, the response time has gone south and I cannot figure out why?

My first step was to look at the database performance page in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which now comes with built-in Oracle Exadata support. Hey, what do I have here in the I/O tab? The Exadata system health button is red, that's not good. What's happening? I clicked the button and it took me to the Exadata health triage page, this is where I can see if I have potential issues such as;

  • Load imbalance
  • ASM related problems
  • Cell software or hardware failures
  • Cell configuration issues
  • Network related failures


The red Oracle Exadata system health button indicates potential issues impacting database performance.

Next, I noticed that the network status was red, it must be a network issue, right? I quickly checked the administration screen in the Infiniband Target Home page, and saw we had a degraded port in the Port Details status section. I disabled the bad port and allowed the network traffic to automatically fail over to its peer. I'll have to look into this later, for now I just wanted to get the system up and running.


View of the degraded port in Infiniband Switch Schematic.

I quickly re-checked the Exadata system health status again, it showed all green—looks like everything was working, problem solved. I called my boss back to give him the good news that the database performance was back up. I sure am glad all these things are integrated; otherwise I would have been here all night trying to figure this out.

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Thursday Feb 16, 2012

Managing Oracle Database 11g—Questions and Answers from the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum

We received tons of questions from our recent Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Online Forum, we wanted to continue to provide answers to the most popular ones. In this installment, we'll cover questions from the DBA and developer track.

Q. What kind of testing do you recommend for upgrading from Oracle Database 11gR1 to 11gR2?
A. Oracle Real Application Testing using Database Replay and SQL Performance Analyzer's capabilities are recommended for any Oracle Database upgrade. Check out these resources for more details: Oracle Real Application Testing datasheet and OTN for details on upgrading your database.

Q. Can I manage Oracle Exadata and traditional Oracle Databases from the same console?
A. Yes, you can manage Oracle Exadata and single instance and/or RAC databases from the same Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control console, as well as WebLogic and many other targets. Check out this demo to see how.

Q. I thought Active Session History (ASH) was intended for real-time?
A. ASH can be use for both real-time and historical analysis. It is a black box that records session activities and helps to analyze across several performance dimensions. Click here to see a quick demo.

Q. What is the difference between Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Database Control?
A. Database Control is a subset which runs off a single database. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is a central repository which allows administrators to manage and monitor from a single console.

Q. How does Real-Time Automatic Database Diagnostics Monitor (ADDM) work – the database is hung right?
A. Real-Time ADDM, included in the Oracle Diagnostic Pack for Oracle Database, uses 2 different modes of connection to the database. A normal connection and a diagnostic mode that is a lock less, latch less connection which allows only few actions. Using the diagnostic mode connection Real-Time ADDM performs a hang analysis and determines any blockers in the systems. Check out this demo to see how Real-Time ADDM works.

Q. Can we achieve all the new functionality in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c using terminal?
A. No. Features like ASH Analytics, Real-Time ADDM and Compare Period ADDM are only available using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c's console.

Q. Is Real-Time ADDM available only in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c?
A. Yes, Real-Time ADDM is a new feature in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Q. Can you explain the difference between Oracle Database 11g Monitor in Memory Access Mode vs. Real-Time ADDM direct access to SGA?
A. Real-Time ADDM does not use Memory attach mode. We use a proprietary connection method which connects using a lock less, latch less connection bypassing the SQL Access layer.

Q. Is there any limit on the number of days on which ASH can be used for analysis?
A. The in memory ASH data is typically available for 1 hour or till the point the memory buffer is flushed to disk. You can find out ASH retention by using: select min(sample_time), max(sample_time) from sys.WRH$_ACTIVE_SESSION_HISTORY;

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Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Oracle VP, Leng Tan, talks about Oracle Database Management using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Listen in as Oracle Vice President, Leng Tan, talks about the new Oracle Database Management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

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Thursday Feb 09, 2012

NEW STUDY: Oracle Database 11g Delivers Significant Savings over Microsoft SQL Server

ORC International: Oracle Database 11g is 49% Easier to Manage and 46% Less Complex

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 continues to outperform Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 by a substantial margin, according to a new ORC International study. In the report, "Database Manageability and Productivity Cost Comparison Study Oracle Database 11g Release 2 vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2," Oracle once again demonstrates its leadership in overall database self-manageability with significant productivity and complexity savings.

The study found that Oracle Database 11g Release 2 took half the amount of time and effort to complete four routine database administrator (DBA) tasks compared to Microsoft. The study measured typical tasks such as initial database setup, routine daily administrative tasks, and backup and recovery, as well as performance and tuning tasks.

In one particular scenario, the study illustrated how a DBA could perform database diagnostics and tuning tasks 143 times faster using Oracle Database 11g over Microsoft SQL Server 2008. The report concluded that Oracle allowed IT organizations and DBAs to

  • Perform administrative tasks 49% faster than Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Save time with 46% fewer steps for the same set of standard routine functions versus Microsoft
  • Increase productivity and save businesses up to US$58,800 per year per DBA by using Oracle Database 11g over Microsoft SQL Server 2008

This report, along with similar competitive studies ORC International conducted including one against IBM DB2 9.7, reaffirms Oracle Database 11g as an industry leader with its unique self-managing automation and performance capabilities. Oracle Database 11g, along with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Database Management Packs, continue to help DBAs become more productive at getting their jobs done faster and with less effort.

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Thursday Feb 02, 2012

Many Clouds Many Choices - Questions and Answers Series from the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum

As mentioned in my blog earlier this week, I talked about sharing the Q&A from the Oracle Enterprise Management Forum in a series of blogs during next few weeks.  In this blog, I will share the Q&A from the "Many Clouds Many Choices" session in the IT Management / Architect track .

As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, driven by compelling advantages of higher efficiency and lower costs, rapid deployment and elastic scalability, organizations need a plan for moving from the current state toward cloud models based on shared services, self-service and metered use.

In this session, Rex Wang, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle talked about how can organizations get started on the evolution to cloud computing . This was the best attended session in this track. The recording from the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum  is now available to watch on demand as well.

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Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

What's new in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Agents

After the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c was announced, you may have seen a lot of collateral, documents and demos on various new functionality introduced with this major release. In my first blog, I thought of sharing what's new in agent land for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c?

The enterprise manager agent has been entirely rewritten to meet the following goals:

  • plug-in life cycle support

  • first failure diagnostics built-in

  • robustness

  • scales to 10,000 targets

  • improved manageability

In this first blog of a blog series, we will focus on how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c meets these goals. Subsequent blogs will go into further details about each of the areas above.

By and far the biggest change is the plug-in model. Plug-ins offer the following advantages over the previous target modeling supported by the agent:

  • independent life cycle from the agent

  • can be installed/updated without bouncing the agent

  • simple registration of user supplied libraries as needed

  • scheduled based or on-demand discovery of targets

A plug-in consists of two pieces; the discovery component and the monitoring the component. Plug-in upgrades currently require the agent to be restarted for the new plug-in version to take affect although the install of the new plug-in can be performed while the agent is still running. There is one exception to this – the first time a plug-in is deployed and installed the agent is not required to be stopped.

The discovery component of the plug-in works with the new discovery framework .Discovery can now be performed by on-demand and scheduled with the typical schedule occurring daily. As the discovery process finds additional targets to monitor, the administrator is prompted if they wish to monitor those targets. Once the decision is made, the management server ensures that the agent has the proper monitoring plug-in and then proceeds to add those targets to the agent.

The monitor component of the plug-in contains the metric definitions, the non-static properties, the default collection schedule and any additional scripts/libraries required by the plug-in to monitor. Also new in 12c are metric extensions which allows user/administrators to add additional metrics to a target with user supplied scripts.

Diagnosis of issues is always a difficult process, but the new agent, being written from the ground up has put in a significant amount of diagnostic tools. Even in the face of all that additional processing, the new code base consumes less CPU on average than the previous versions and is capable of scaling to large number of targets. To date, we've successfully measured target counts of approximately 5000 targets being monitored with near linear scaling. We therefore believe that 10,000 targets is realistic.

Below is a graph comparing the average CPU consumption of the 12c version of the agent (in green) against the 11g version (in red) for database targets.



The rewrite of the agent also includes an improved EM agent home page as well as a much enhanced agent side metric browser. There are numerous enhancements to enable the agent to continue functioning in the face of 'failures', such as three strikes suspension based policies for collections, as well as more control services available to the administrator.

My next next blog will focus on some of the diagnostic tools that are available for both administrators and Oracle personnel.

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Monday Jan 30, 2012

Questions and Answers from the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum Keynote: Gain Total Cloud Control

The recording of Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum: Gain Total Control of Enterprise Clouds on January 25th is now available to view on demand. This half day, online event provided a unique opportunity to see, in one place, the full management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and to learn about the new cloud management functionality . To view the recordings from the Enterprise Management Forum and download the presentations, please click at the link provided below :

Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum - On Demand

Many of the Online Forum attendees found the live Q&A extremely valuable during the sessions and requested to share the archive of the Q&A.  We will be sharing the Q&A from the Oracle Enterprise Management Forum in a series of blogs during next few weeks. In this blog we will include the live Q&A archive for the keynote "Gain Total Cloud Control"  at the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum .

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Tuesday Dec 20, 2011

C Is for Cloud in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Last week, I read a very nice article about the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c launch published in the Oracle Magazine, January/February 2012 edition and thought of sharing with you. This article includes stories from three Oracle Enterprise Manager customers - European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Epsilon and Cerner. These customers shared their IT challanges and how Oracle Enterprise manager streamlines the management of their applications to disk in their data center. They also talked about the potential benefits of the new cloud lifecyle management functionalities of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c .
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In addition to this feature article, there is some additional Oracle Enterprise Manager related content in this issue of Oracle Magazine, including IDC Analyst Tim Grieser discussing IT Management trends after he attended the 12c launch, an OpenWorld recap , Editor’s note and an Excellence Award: Technologist of the Year to EM 12c beta participant Sreekanth Chintala.

To read this feature article and many other interesting articles and resources , please go to online Oracle Magazine, January/February 2012 edition .

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Friday Nov 18, 2011

Japan Welcomes Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Following Oracle’s grand unveiling of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, Oracle Japan just completed their launch for the product. Leng Tan, Oracle VP of Products, delivered the keynote with collaboration from a number of key partners in the region.

From left to right: Leng Tan, VP of Products, Oracle; Shinyashiki-san, Assistant General Manager, NEC; Fuketa-san, General Manager, HITACHI; Fujii-san, General Manager, Fujitsu; Misawa-san, VP of Alliances, Oracle Japan

NEC, Hitachi and Fujitsu have been among Oracle’s most active partners in the Japan region. They have received key awards from Oracle Japan for their efforts. NEC received the partner of the year award for 2010 and 2011. Hitachi received the partner of the year award for Oracle Enterprise Manager in 2011. Fujitsu received awards in the areas of Database and Oracle Exadata in 2011. All three partners were active participants in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c beta program.

According to Hirai-san, the technical lead at the event, there were over 200 attendees. “The event was so well-attended; there was no room to stand.” Said Hirai-san.

Hirai-san demonstrating Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c at the Oracle Japan launch

Here’s the highlight of the presentations made by the Oracle partners during this launch.

  • NEC has developed an Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for iStorage (NEC SAN Storage product). Additionally, NEC’s WebSAM Invariant Analyzer management tool is now capable of integrating with Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • HITACHI demonstrated monitoring capabilities for Oracle Exadata through Oracle Enterprise Manager in their JP1 system management tool
  • Fujitsu’s Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g adapter for their SystemWalker tool has now been enhanced to work with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Following a very successful launch in Japan, Oracle’s Total Cloud Control road show and additional Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c launches continue in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. This week Sushil Kumar, VP of Product Strategy and Business Development is scheduled to deliver the keynotes at several cities in India. Richard Sarwal, SVP of Products, delivered a keynote at the DOAG conference in Nuremburg, Germany. Richard also delivered the Oracle Enterprise Manger 12c launch event keynote in Paris on November 18th.

Check out our event schedule for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c events across the globe!


Free Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Seminar at a city near you!

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Monday Nov 14, 2011

Install and upgrade strategies for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - Upcoming Webcasts with live demos

At Oracle Open World 2011, we launched the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c , the only complete cloud management solution for your enterprise cloud. With the new release of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c, the installation and upgrade process has been enhanced to provide a fast and smooth install experience.

In the upcoming webcasts, Oracle Enterprise Manager experts will discuss the installation and upgrade strategies for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c . These webcasts will include live demonstrations of the install and upgrade processes.

In the Webcast on November 17th, we will cover the installation steps and provide recommendations to setup a new Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c environment. We'll also provide a live demonstration of the complete installation process.  

Upgrading your Oracle Enterprise Manager environment can be a challenging and complex task especially with large environments consisting of hundreds or thousands of targets. In the webcast on November 18th, we'll describe key facts that administrators must know before upgrading their Enterprise Manager system as well as introduce the different approaches for an upgrade. We'll also walk you through the key steps for upgrading an existing Enterprise Manager 11g (or 10g) Grid Control to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c.

In addition to the live webcasts on Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c install and upgrade processes, please consider attending the replay of  Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center webcast with live Q&A .

Schedule and registration links of upcoming webcasts  :-

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Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center:
Global Systems Management Made Easy
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November 17 10 a.m PT Register Now
December 1 10 a.m PT Register Now

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Installation Overview

November 17 8 a.m PT Register Now

Upgrade Smoothly to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

November 18 8 a.m PT Register Now
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Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

Cloud Computing: The Self-Service Restaurant

Using cloud computing is like going to a self-service restaurant: you simply pick what you want and then pay for what you consume. We recently talked with some of the experts for Oracle Enterprise Manager and asked them, "If cloud computing were a self-service café, what role would your product play?"

 

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Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

Cloud, cloud everywhere and not a drop to drink - new whitepaper talks about the challenges and Oracle's solution

Everyone is now talking about cloud and most of the IT vendor has latched on to the Cloud promise. Traditional systems management vendors are no exceptions. However, in most cases, Cloud is treated as a technology fashion, the newest buzzword in the ever changing landscape of enterprise technology.

This whitepaper delves into what really makes an enterprise Cloud. It covers the complete cloud life cycle and how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c offers a complete, integrated and business-driven cloud management .

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Tuesday Oct 04, 2011

Total Cloud Control with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - Video podcast Sushil Kumar, VP, Oracle

Sushil Kumar, VP, Product Strategy and Business development, Oracle shares Oracle's perspective on cloud computing and how enterprises can gain total cloud control with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c in a interview with Anand Akela, Director, Oracle.

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