Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange – Version 1.1 Now Available!

Since its announcement at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, the Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange is becoming the source to access Enterprise Manager entities, including plug-ins, connectors, deployment procedures, assemblies, templates, and more.  Based on feedback, the Exchange has recently been updated so Enterprise Manager administrators can find and access Oracle and partner-built plug-ins and connectors easier.




The Exchange enables anyone to contribute an Enterprise Manager entity through the “Contribute” tab, where information about the entity is captured and placed on the Exchange once it is approved.  The Exchange encourages comment through the Enterprise Manager Forum. 



An Oracle partner can build a plug-in by accessing the Extensibility Development Kit (EDK) found at the Development Resources tab.  Oracle partners and customers can can also engage a partner that has built its practice specializing in plug-in development and deployment.  One of those partners is Blue Medora, which has effectively used the EDK to build plug-ins to manage non-Oracle targets.  Check out the Blue Medora "Guest Blog" about heterogeneous datacenter management.

Partners can also have their plug-ins validated through the Oracle Validated Integration (OVI) program.  NetApp is an example of a partner that recently built an Enterprise Manager plug-in and has validated it through the program.  Check their "Guest Blog" post describing the value of an Enterprise Manager "OVI" plug-in as well as discuss specifics the NetApp storage plug-in. 

The Enterprise Manager Exchange is located at http://www.oracle.com/goto/EMExtensibility.

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Monday Nov 12, 2012

Answers to Your Common Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Questions


We recently ran a live webcast on Strategies for Managing Oracle Database's Lifecycle. There were tons of questions from our audience that we simply could not get to during the hour long presentation. Below are some of those questions along with their answers. Enjoy!

Question: In the webcast the presenter talked about “gold” configuration standards, for those who want to use this technique, could you recommend a best practice to consider or follow? How do I get started?

Answer:
Gold configuration standardization is a quick and easy way to improve availability through consistency. Start by choosing a reference database and saving the configuration to the Oracle Enterprise Manager repository using the Save Configuration feature. Next create a comparison template using the Oracle provided template as a starting point and modify the ignored properties to eliminate expected differences in your environment. Finally create a comparison specification using the comparison template you created plus your saved gold configuration and schedule it to run on a regular basis. Don’t forget to fill in the email addresses of those you want to notify upon drift detection. Watch the database configuration management demo to learn more.

Question: Can Oracle Lifecycle Management Pack for Database help with patching an Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) environment?

Answer:
Yes, Oracle Enterprise Manager supports both parallel and rolling patch application of Oracle Real Application Clusters. The use of rolling patching is recommended as there is no downtime involved. For more details watch this demo.

Question: What are some of the things administrators can do to control configuration drift? Why is it important?

Answer:
Configuration drift is one of the main causes of instability and downtime of applications. Oracle Enterprise Manager makes it easy to manage and control drift using scheduled configuration comparisons combined with comparison templates.

Question: Does Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 2 offer an incremental update feature for "gold" images? For instance, if the source binary has a higher PSU level, what is the best approach to update the existing "gold" image in the software library? Do you have to create a new image or can you just update the original one?

Answer:
Provisioning Profiles (Gold images) can contain the installation files and database configuration templates. Although it is possible to make some changes to the profile after creation (mainly to configuration), it is normally recommended to simply create a new profile after applying a patch to your reference database.

Question: The webcast talked about enforcing in-house standards, does Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c offer verification of your databases and systems to those standards? For example, the initial "gold" image has been massively deployed over time, and there may be some changes to it. How can you do regular checks from Enterprise Manager to ensure the in-house standards are being enforced?

Answer:
There are really two methods to validate conformity to standards.

The first method is to use gold standards which you compare other databases to report unwanted differences. This method uses a new comparison template technology which allows users to ignore known differences (i.e. SID, Start time, etc) which results in a report only showing important or non-conformant differences. This method is quick to setup and configure and recommended for those who want to get started validating compliance quickly.

The second method leverages the new compliance framework which allows the creation of specific and robust validations. These compliance rules are grouped into standards which can be assigned to databases quickly and easily. Compliance rules allow for targeted and more sophisticated validation beyond the basic equals operation available in the comparison method. The compliance framework can be used to implement just about any internal or industry standard. The compliance results will track current and historic compliance scores at the overall and individual database targets. When the issue is resolved, the score is automatically affected. Compliance framework is the recommended long term solution for validating compliance using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. Check out this demo on database compliance to learn more.

Question: If you are using the integration between Oracle Enterprise Manager and My Oracle Support in an "offline" mode, how do you know if you have the latest My Oracle Support metadata?

Answer:
In Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 2, you now only need to download one zip file containing all of the metadata xmls files. There is no indication that the metadata has changed but you could run a checksum on the file and compare it to the previously downloaded version to see if it has changed.

Question: What happens if a patch fails while administrators are applying it to a database or system?

Answer:
A large portion of Oracle Enterprise Manager's patch automation is the pre-requisite checks that happen to ensure the highest level of confidence the patch will successfully apply. It is recommended you test the patch in a non-production environment and save the patch plan as a template once successful so you can create new plans using the saved template.

If you are using the recommended ‘out of place’ patching methodology, there is no urgency because the database is still running as the cloned Oracle home is being patched. Users can address the issue and restart the patch procedure at the point it left off.

If you are using 'in place' method, you can address the issue and continue where the procedure left off.

Question: Can Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R2 compare configurations between more than one target at the same time?

Answer:
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can compare any number of target configurations at one time. This is the basis of many important use cases including Configuration Drift Management. These comparisons can also be scheduled on a regular basis and emails notification sent should any differences appear. To learn more about configuration search and compare watch this demo.

Question: How is data comparison done since changes are taking place in a live production system?

Answer:
There are many things to keep in mind when using the data comparison feature (as part of the Change Management ability to compare table data). It was primarily intended to be used for maintaining consistency of important but relatively static data. For example, application seed data and application setup configuration. This data does not change often but is critical when testing an application to ensure results are consistent with production. It is not recommended to use data comparison on highly dynamic data like transactional tables or very large tables.

Question: Which versions of Oracle Database can be monitored through Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c?

Answer:
Oracle Database versions: 9.2.0.8, 10.1.0.5, 10.2.0.4, 10.2.0.5, 11.1.0.7, 11.2.0.1, 11.2.0.2, 11.2.0.3.


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Thursday Oct 25, 2012

WEBCAST: Strategies for Managing the Oracle Database Lifecycle


Thursday November 1
10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a live Webcast and see how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c makes database lifecycle management easier. You’ll learn how to:

  • Simplify database configurations thanks to extensive automation for discovery and change detection
  • Improve IT service levels with Oracle’s next-generation database patching and provisioning automation
  • Ensure consistency and compliance with comprehensive database change management
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Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

Today at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

We have another full day of great Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, demos and customer presentations in the Seen and Be Heard threater. Here's a quick run down of what's happening today with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c:

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Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (and Private Cloud)

General Session

Time Title Location
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM General Session: Using Oracle Enterprise Manager to Manage Your Own Private Cloud Moscone South - 103*
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM General Session: Breakthrough Efficiency in Private Cloud Infrastructure Moscone West - 3014

Conference Session

Time Title Location
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Oracle Exadata/Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Journey into Oracle Database Cloud Moscone West - 3018
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Bulletproof Your Application Upgrades with Secure Data Masking and Subsetting Moscone West - 3020
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Architecture Deep Dive, Tips, and Techniques Moscone South - 303
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM RDBMS Forensics: Troubleshooting with Active Session History Moscone West - 3018
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Building and Operationalizing Your Data Center Environment with Oracle Exalogic Moscone South - 309
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Securely Building a National Electronic Health Record: Singapore Case Study Westin San Francisco - Concordia
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Managing Heterogeneous Environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone West - 3018
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Complete Oracle WebLogic Server Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Moscone South - 309
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Database Lifecycle Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Moscone West - 3020
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Best Practices, Key Features, Tips, Techniques for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Upgrade Moscone South - 307
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Enterprise Cloud with CSC’s Foundation Services for Oracle and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Moscone South - 236
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Deep Dive 3-D on Oracle Exadata Management: From Discovery to Deployment to Diagnostics Moscone West - 3018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Everything You Need to Know About Monitoring and Troubleshooting Oracle GoldenGate Moscone West - 3005
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: The Nerve Center of Oracle Cloud Moscone West - 3020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone West - 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control Performance Pages: Falling in Love Again Moscone West - 3014

Hands-on Labs

Time Title Location
10:15 AM - 12:45 PM Managing the Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Database Performance Tuning Hands-on Lab Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6

Scene and Be Heard Theater Session

Time Title Location
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM Start Small, Grow Big: Hands-On Oracle Private Cloud—A Step-by-Step Guide Moscone South Exhibition Hall - Booth 2407
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM Blue Medora’s Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for VMware vSphere Monitoring Moscone South Exhibition Hall - Booth 2407

Demos

Demo Location
Application and Infrastructure Testing Moscone West - W-092
Automatic Application and SQL Tuning Moscone South, Left - S-042
Automatic Fault Diagnostics Moscone South, Left - S-036
Automatic Performance Diagnostics Moscone South, Left - S-033
Complete Care for Oracle Using My Oracle Support Moscone South, Left - S-031
Complete Cloud Lifecycle Management Moscone North, Upper Lobby - N-019
Complete Database Lifecycle Management Moscone South, Left - S-030
Comprehensive Infrastructure as a Service via Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone South, Left - S-045
Data Masking and Data Subsetting Moscone South, Left - S-034
Database Testing with Oracle Real Application Testing Moscone South, Left - S-041
Identity Management Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone South, Right - S-212
Mission-Critical, SPARC-Powered Infrastructure as a Service Moscone South, Center - S-157
Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft Management Moscone West - W-084
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Overview Moscone South, Left - S-039
Oracle Enterprise Manager: Complete Data Center Management Moscone South, Left - S-040
Oracle Exadata Management Moscone South, Center -
Oracle Exalogic Management Moscone South, Center -
Oracle Fusion Applications Management Moscone West - W-018
Oracle Real User Experience Insight Moscone South, Right - S-226
Oracle WebLogic Server Management and Java Diagnostics Moscone South, Right - S-206
Platform as a Service Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone North, Upper Lobby - N-020
SOA Management Moscone South, Right - S-225
Self-Service Application Testing on Private and Public Clouds Moscone West - W-110

Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival
New this year is Oracle’s first annual Oracle OpenWorld Musical Festival, featuring some of today's breakthrough musicians from around the country and the world. It's five nights of back-to-back performances in the heart of San Francisco—free to registered attendees.
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The NEW Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange

Oracle Enterprise Manager continues to expand its Eco-system with the NEW Extensibility Exchange!


The Exchange offers a searchable listing of Enterprise Manager entities. Today it’s stocked with plug-ins and connectors for Enterprise Manager 12c and 11g. Anyone - partners, customers, ACE community members, anyone - can post an entity subject to approval of course. So in addition to plug-ins and connectors, the Exchange will have best practices, deployment procedures, templates, and essentially any Enterprise Manager entity that’s relevant.

The Exchange provides Development Resources to guide contributors in the creation of plug-ins and connectors. A Community Resources page features plug-ins validated through the Oracle Validate Integration program as well as some other contributions important to customers.  You can also discover ways to get more involved with Enterprise Manager through the user and partner communities.

The Exchange was announced in the October 2nd Enterprise Manager Partner Press Release  and is being presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 during the following sessions:
    •    “Using Oracle Enterprise Manager to Manage Your Own Private Cloud” General Session – Tuesday Oct 2nd
    •    “Managing Heterogeneous Environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager” Conference Session – Tuesday Oct 2nd
    •    “Using Management Already Built into Oracle Products: Oracle Enterprise Manager” Oracle Partner Network Exchange Session – Wednesday Oct 3rd

Check it out at http://www.oracle.com/goto/emextensibility, and let us know what you think by posting a comment below or clicking the "Forum" button at the Exchange itself.

Thursday Sep 20, 2012

OpenWorld 2012—Is Almost Here!

With OpenWorld fast approaching, I thought I would take this opportunity to look at some of the “must see” database manageability activities and sessions happening this year. Here's a quick run down:

Oracle Database Manageability:
Download all the details for sessions, hands-on-labs, and demos (PDF)

Keynotes:
Sunday, September 30
Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together: Why It’s A Different Approach
Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle

Monday, October 1
Shift Complexity
Hosted by Mark Hurd, President, Oracle
Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President, Database Server Technologies, Oracle

IOUG SIG Sunday:
Database Performance Tuning: Getting the Best out of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
(session ID# CON6511)

Oracle DEMOgrounds:
Floor plan – Moscone South

  • Automatic Application and SQL Tuning
  • Automatic Performance Diagnostics
  • Complete Database Lifecycle Management
  • Data Masking and Data Subsetting
  • Database Testing with Oracle Real Application Testing
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Overview
  • Oracle Exadata Management

Hands-on-Labs:
Database Performance Testing, Data Masking, and Subsetting
(session ID# HOL10720)

Database Performance Tuning Hands-on Lab
(session ID# HOL10393)

Sessions:
What’s Next for Oracle Database?
(session ID# GEN8259)

Building and Managing a Private Oracle Database Cloud
(session ID# GEN11421)

Using Oracle Enterprise Manager to Manage Your Own Private Cloud
(session ID# GEN11423)

Extreme Database Management with the Latest Generation of Database Technology
(session ID# CON9547)

Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival
New this year is Oracle’s first annual Oracle OpenWorld Musical Festival, featuring some of today's breakthrough musicians from around the country and the world. It's five nights of back-to-back performances in the heart of San Francisco—free to registered attendees.
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Monday Jul 30, 2012

On-Demand Webcast: Managing Oracle Exadata's Lifecycle—Now Available

Learn from our product experts how to manage Oracle Exadata's lifecycle for extreme performance. This on-demand webcast covers:

  • Oracle Exadata discovery
  • Monitoring and managing Oracle Exadata's components
  • Deploying applications on Oracle Exadata
  • Performance diagnostics and tuning
  • Change management
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Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

WEBCAST: Managing Oracle Exadata's Lifecycle for Extreme Performance

Thursday July 26
10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

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Watch this live webcast and discover how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c's unique management capabilities allow you to efficiently manage all stages of Oracle Exadata's lifecycle, from testing applications on Exadata to deployment. You'll learn how to:

  • Maximize and predict performance
  • Drive down IT operational costs through automation
  • Ensure service quality with proactive management
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Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c July Newsletter is Out!

Each month the Enterprise Manager team puts together a full line-up of great articles, content and technical product information around a particular theme. This month is no different. In July, we’re focusing on lifecycle management and all the things you need to know about this important topic. Read the July newsletter to get the latest articles and content on lifecycle management. Read it now!

The July edition covers:
• Achieving Extreme Performance Across Oracle Exadata's Lifecycle

• Top 5 Database Compliance Risks—and How to Avoid Them
• Know the Best Tools to Provision and Patch Oracle Database 11g
• and much more...

So stay tuned as we bring you more feature articles, and more webcasts throughout the month.

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Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

Applying Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Bundle Patch 1: Tips and Tricks

Over last few months, the Oracle Enterprise Manager team has released Enterprise Manager 12c Bundle Patch1 (a.k.a. BP1) for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (EM 12c) on all the supported platforms (Customer announcement). BP1 is a mandatory patch because all future patches will assume the presence of this patch. BP1 includes several critical fixes. Therefore this patch touches almost all the components of Enterprise Manager and applying it on existing environment is a multi step process that can be tricky. From our recent experience of applying BP1 on an internal production demo site with over a thousand targets, we would like to share following tips and tricks. 

1. Applying incremental Bundle Patch or using full install?
Unless you have an EM 12c running in production environments where you can’t afford to lose the existing management repository, it is highly recommended to re-install EM using the patched EM Base Platform 12.1.0.1 Full Installer (With BP1), instead of applying BP1. For instance, if you have a test or a “sandbox” environment even with substantial number of targets, it might be easier to reinstall EM environment instead of manually applying patches (including agent patches) and upgrading plug-ins. Note that reinstalling EM will require reinstallation of target agents as well. Therefore you’ll need to do careful consideration before choosing this option.

2.    Plan it well

  • Given that the BP1 process involves agent side changes like patching and plug-in upgrades, you might want to consider splitting the agent side changes into phases, especially in large sized environment. In such cases, it is critical to review the Compatibility Matrix and ensure that at no stage during the BP1 upgrade process, your environment is in an unsupported configuration.
  • Never break the sequence of steps given in the BP1 application guide or you may risk your entire environment. For example -- as an admin, after upgrading the plug-ins on OMS, you may be tempted to upgrade plug-ins of agents as well even before patching the agent. As the documentation says -- resist the temptation to avoid issues while patching agents later.
  • Keep sufficient free space for backup. It might be helpful to take keep multiple backups. See the next tip.

3.    EM 12c Backup is critical

  • Never underestimate the importance of environment backup during the BP1. It is must to backup your environment before any steps that involve change in repository data. e.g.  OMS patching, plug-in upgrade on OMS, etc.
  • Additionally it is recommended to take backup after every significant step to minimize rework in case of any failure. For instance in our environment a total of four backups were taken at following stages.
    • Before applying BP1 on OMS
    • After applying BP1 on OMS, JDeveloper, WSM
    • Before upgrading plug-ins on OMS
    • After upgrading first few plug-ins on OMS

4.    Upgrade plug-ins in bulk using emcli  
BP1 comes with the 12.1.0.2 release of plug-ins and it is highly recommended to upgrade plug-ins together with the application of BP1. In a typical environment you may need to upgrade more than 15 plug-ins. For some plug-ins, the upgrade process requires a restart of OMS(s) and therefore can take a good deal of time (almost fifteen minutes for single plug-in upgrade). Hence upgrading plug-ins one by one via the UI can be time consuming process requiring manual intervention after every few minutes.
Use EM command line ‘deploy_plugin_on_server’ to deploy multiple plug-ins in one go in an automated manner. Since multiple plug-ins are upgraded in single downtime window for OMS, it is a far more efficient process. In our environment, using command line we could upgrade eight plug-ins in under 30 minutes which otherwise would have taken more than two hours. Make sure to run the emcli in a pre-requisite check mode before doing the actual deployment such as shown in the screenshot below.


Also note that if your OMS is on Linux platform, you’ll need to apply one-off patch 13638422 after applying BP1 on the OMS to get the ‘deploy_plugin_on_server’ emcli verb. For BP1 on other platforms (e.g. Windows) this patch is included in BP1 itself.

5.    From Linux OMS don’t push agents on other platforms without necessary patches
A very common use case is the deployment of agents on non-Linux platform from a Linux OMS with BP1. Since you have Windows/Solaris agent software (with BP1) available via self update, you might tend to assume that, all you need to do is simply push the Windows/Solaris agents from BP1 Linux OMS but that’s not the right way to do. You have to apply few patches on OMS and plug-ins before pushing the agent, follow the instructions from the Oracle® Enterprise Manager Bundle Patch 1 Application Guide.

6.    Read the right documentation
Last but surely not the least, it is vital that you go through the Oracle® Enterprise Manager Bundle Patch 1 Application Guide, before you begin with the BP1 process. This guide provides step by step instructions for applying BP1 including pre-requisite checks, recommendations, and troubleshooting steps.
In addition to the documentation, we suggest to refer the following key resources published by Oracle.


These few simple tips can make your experience with BP1 a lot smoother. In future entries, we’ll discuss the best practices for major updates for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c as and when those are available.



Wednesday May 30, 2012

Changing the Game: Why Oracle is in the IT Operations Management Business

Next week, in Orlando, is the annual Gartner IT Operations Management Summit. Oracle is a premier sponsor of this annual event, which brings together IT executives for several days of high level talks about the state of operational management of enterprise IT. This year, Sushil Kumar, VP Product Strategy and Business Development for Oracle’s Systems & Applications Management, will be presenting on the transformation in IT Operations required to support enterprise cloud computing.

IT Operations transformation is an important subject, because year after year, we hear essentially the same refrain – large enterprises spend an average of two-thirds (67%!) of their IT resources (budget, energy, time, people, etc.) on running the business, with far too little left over to spend on growing and transforming the business (which is what the business actually needs and wants). In the thirtieth year of the distributed computing revolution (give or take, depending on how you count it), it’s amazing that we have still not moved the needle on the single biggest component of enterprise IT resource utilization.

Oracle is in the IT Operations Management business because when management is engineered together with the technology under management, the resulting efficiency gains can be truly staggering. To put it simply – what if you could turn that 67% of IT resources spent on running the business into 50%? Or 40%? Imagine what you could do with those resources. It’s now not just possible, but happening.

This seems like a simple idea, but it is a radical change from “business as usual” in enterprise IT Operations. For the last thirty years, management has been a bolted-on afterthought – we pick and deploy our technology, then figure out how to manage it. This pervasive dysfunction is a broken cycle that guarantees high ongoing operating costs and low agility.

If we want to break the cycle, we need to take a more tightly-coupled approach. As a complete applications-to-disk platform provider, Oracle is engineering management together with technology across our stack and hooking that on-premise management up live to My Oracle Support. Let’s examine the results with just one piece of the Oracle stack – the Oracle Database.

Oracle began this journey with the Oracle Database 9i many years ago with the introduction of low-impact instrumentation in the database kernel (“tell me what’s wrong”) and through Database 10g, 11g and 11gR2 has successively added integrated advisory (“tell me how to fix what’s wrong”) and lifecycle management and automated self-tuning (“fix it for me, and do it on an ongoing basis for all my assets”).

Oracle Database Manageability Evolution

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When enterprises take advantage of this tight-coupling, the results are game-changing. Consider the following (for a full list of public references, visit this link):

Or the recent Database Manageability and Productivity Cost Comparisons: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 vs. SAP Sybase ASE 15.7, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and IBM DB2 9.7 as conducted by independent analyst firm ORC.

Oracle Database Manageability Comparison 2011-2012 Study Summaries

In later entries, we’ll discuss similar results across other portions of the Oracle stack and how these efficiency gains are required to achieve the agility benefits of Enterprise Cloud.

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Monday May 14, 2012

Forrester Consulting: Oracle Real Application Testing Delivers 224% ROI

Leading analyst firm, Forrester Consulting has recently published a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) Study for Oracle Real Application Testing, an Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition option. In the study Forrester Consulting found that Oracle Real Application Testing delivered a very favorable 224% return on investment (ROI), based on a three year risk-adjusted period with a payback of 5.9 months.

Forrester Consulting's TEI results were calculated from in-depth interviews with Oracle customers and applied to a hypothetical organization developed within their TEI financial model. The study measured both the benefits and cost savings in areas around planned and unplanned maintenance, infrastructure upgrades and database performance management. The study also looked at the benefits of Oracle Real Application Testing to enhance business system uptime as well as reducing capital expenditure.

The study concluded that organizations similar to those interviewed could achieve the following benefits and cost savings (all figures are risk-adjusted, over three years):

  • 224% ROI with a payback period of 5.9 months
  • $5.9 Million in total benefits from increased business productivity and database availability


Total Benefits of Oracle Real Application Testing Over a Three Year Risk-Adjusted Period

Oracle Real Application Testing along with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c continues to provide industry leading database management solutions that help customers reduce testing efforts and related costs while eliminating the risks associated with change.

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Thursday May 03, 2012

ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Oracle Database Lifecycle Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Now Available

If you missed the original live webcast, Oracle Database Lifecycle Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the on-demand replay is now available, topics include:

  • IT asset discovery and inventory tracking
  • Database provisioning and end-to-end patch management
  • Ongoing change management including database schema changes
  • Configuration management for controlling configuration drift
  • Compliance management with out-of-box frameworks and policies for regulatory reporting
  • Site level disaster protection with built-in automation
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Monday Apr 30, 2012

WEBCAST: Oracle Database Lifecycle Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Wednesday May 2
8:00 a.m. Pacific / 11:00 a.m.

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Join us for this webcast and learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Database Lifecycle Management Pack delivers a comprehensive solution that helps database, system and application administrators automate the processes required for managing the complete Oracle Database lifecycle. Discover how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c's unique management capabilities allow you to efficiently manage all stages of the lifecycle including:

  • IT asset discovery and inventory tracking
  • Database provisioning and end-to-end patch management
  • Ongoing change management including database schema changes
  • Configuration management for controlling configuration drift
  • Compliance management for reporting industry and regulatory compliance
  • Site level disaster protection with built-in automation

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Wednesday Mar 07, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Application Quality Management OPN Specialization for Acolade Consulting.

We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Acolade Consulting in becoming one of the first within the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) to achieve the Oracle Enterprise Manager Application Quality Management (Oracle EM AQM) OPN Specialization. OPN Specialized Partners are differentiated in the marketplace, gaining a competitive edge and access to broader and larger solution opportunities

Rajesh Krishnan, Practice Director, Acolade Consulting with Patricia Nance,
GM Oracle Alliances and Channels at a recent  partner recognizition event in Sydney.

Partner organizations achieving Oracle EM AQM specialization have demonstrated proficiency in providing Application Testing and Quality Management Solution and Services with Oracle technology. Customers can locate Partners proficient with Oracle EM AQM in the OPN Solutions Catalog to help them test packaged, Web, and SOA applications and ensure quality, scalability, and availability of applications and their infrastructure. 

The Oracle EM AQM solution consists of these distinct functional capabilities:

  • Oracle Application Testing Suite – comprised of Oracle Test Manager, Functional Testing for automation testing, and Load Testing for stress, volume and performance testing
  • Oracle Real Application Testing – for maintaining application quality when there is a infrastructure change or database upgrade.
  • Oracle Application Replay - for generating production workloads against web and Oracle applications under test, which are identical to production.
  • Oracle Data Masking – for maintaining high level of data security by scrambling test data and maintaining end to end data integrity 

Utilizing the Oracle EM AQM Solution, Partners can help customers manage their entire quality assurance (QA) process, including defining test requirements, creating and executing automated and manual test cases, tracking defects, performing load tests and database tests.

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