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.

Register Now!

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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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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Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

Telenet Achieves End-to-End, Holistic IT Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Using Oracle's application performance management solution in Oracle Enterprise Manager, Telenet, Belgium’s leading provider of broadband cable services, easily reduced 80% of IT incident-analysis time and gained insight into real end-user performance .

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Friday Jan 13, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager customer tells Oracle Magazine how 12c will help in this video

At the Oracle Enterprise Manager launch party, this customer tells Oracle Magazine how the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager gave him what he's been asking for.


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Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center plug-in for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c is now available

Systems monitoring plug-in to connect Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1.0) and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Release 1, Update 3 (11.1.3.0.0) is now available in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c self update software catalog (see screenshot below).


This Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g plug-in for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c increases the efficiency of datacenter operations by sharing event and target attribute information between the business service owners and the infrastructure operations staff.  This enables business service owners to be fully aware of hardware, virtualization, and operating system event information while troubleshooting application issues.  They can see hardware component level details from the user interface they are comfortable working from within EM Cloud Control 12c. 

At the same time, the operations staff can see which Oracle applications are running on which infrastructure asset within Ops Center before taking maintenance actions and disrupting business.  

More information on this plug-in can be found in the following user guide:

The Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g plug-in for Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g and 11g is located within the Ops Center 11g product media.  No additional download is required.  More information can be found in the following user guide:

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Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

Cerner Saves $9.5 Million Using Oracle Enterprise Manager

Cerner, one of the leading healthcare technology solution providers, discusses how it uses Oracle Enterprise Manager to not only save millions in IT costs, but to also improve DBA productivity by as much as 50%.

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Wednesday Dec 21, 2011

Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum : Gain Total Control of Enterprise Cloud - January 25, 2012

Join Oracle executives and product experts for this complimentary, half-day online forum and live chat to learn about the different phases of the cloud lifecycle, challenges associated with each phase and the Oracle cloud management solution that keeps you in total control of your cloud services every step of the way.

Following is the agenda of the online forum. For deatiled online event schedule, session abstracts and speaker profiles, please click on the banner above.

Keynote

Gain Total Cloud Control
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
Sushil Kumar, Vice President, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle

IT Management/Architect Track

Many Clouds, Many Choices
11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
Rex Wang, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle

Business Justification and Planning Considerations for an Enterprise Cloud
11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET
Craig Yappert, Senior Director, Enterprise Monitoring Solutions, Oracle

Defining Cost Models and Chargeback Plans for an Enterprise Cloud
12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET
Eric Tran-Le, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle

Cloud Service Monetization
12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET
Paul Hughes, Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

DBA/Developer Track

Setting Up and Managing Enterprise Cloud
11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
Moderated by: Anand Akela, Senior Principal Product Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

Extreme Database Management
11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET
Moderated by: Scott Mcneil, Principal Product Manager, Product Marketing, Oracle

Managing the World's #1 Middleware
12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET
Moderated by: Daniel Schrijver, Senior Principal Product Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

Application Testing in the Cloud Made Easy
12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET
Moderated by: Daniel Schrijver, Senior Principal Product Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

Complete Framework for Enterprise Monitoring
1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET
Moderated by: Moe Fardoost, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

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Tuesday Dec 20, 2011

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g UPDATE 3 is now available - Learn more in a webcast on December 22

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g UPDATE 3 was released last week. The update 3 is now available for download via the Ops Center user interface. You will be able to download it soon at edelivery.oracle.com.  You can read the updated readme file for all changes and installation instructions.

Here is a summary of what's new with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g UPDATE 3 :

  • Operating Systems support
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.6, 5.7
    • Red Hat 5.6 and 5.7
    • Solaris 10 Update 10 (X86 and SPARC)
  • Enhanced support of SPARC T4 systems
    • LDOM provisioning
    • Component firmware provisioning
    • RAID support
    • Hardware management provided by HMP
  • Added driver for Netra SPARC family
  • Disconnected Mode Improvements
    • Major upgrade to harvester utility
    • Improve the upload process of offline content on the Enterprise Controller
  • Many other performance related and general product improvements

The Oracle Enterprise Ops Center engineering team will be hosting a webcast on Thursday, December 22 at 8:00 A.M. Pacific time to review the key enhancements in the Update 3. The webcast will also cover download and upgrade instructions . You will also have an opportunity to ask questions to the experts from the Ops Center engineering team in this webcast.


Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011
Time: 8:00 A.M. Pacific time, 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

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The recording of the call is now available at:
https://oracleconferencing.webex.com/oracleconferencing/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=65907517&rKey=188af7c933c3f4d0

The presentation may be downloaded from:
http://java.net/projects/oc-doctor/downloads/download/Ops%20Center%20Documentation/Ops%20Center%2011g/EnterpriseManager-OpsCenter11g-Update3-call.pdf

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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 .
As Published In
Oracle Magazine
January/February 2012

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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Thursday Dec 08, 2011

Oracle SVP Richard Sarwal talks about the Enterprise Manager 12c at DOAG

Christian Trieb (DOAG Head of the Database Community and Oracle ACE) speaks with Richard Sarwal (Oracle Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle Corporation).

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Friday Dec 02, 2011

Oracle at Gartner Data Center Conference 2011

The Gartner Data Center Conference 2011 is at Las Vegas next week, December 5-8. It offers a breadth and depth of knowledge that uniquely meets the requirements of data center professionals across disciplines. This year's key theme will to be cloud computing, virtualization and IT Operations.

Oracle is a premiere sponsor at the conference and we have a comprehensive plan for the attendees including a very informative session "Critical Systems and Software Considerations for Delivering Cloud Services " and five solution demos in the Solution Showcase area.

Oracle Session: Critical Systems and Software Considerations for Delivering Cloud Services

05 December, 2011 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)

Oracle's cloud strategy provides customers the systems and software they need to deliver the highest performance, greatest choice and maximum business impact. This session will examine how critical capabilities like data center virtualization, consolidation, and cloud services can be delivered through integrated application-to-disk engineered systems like Oracle Exadata, Exalogic and the new SPARC SuperCluster. Learn how leading organizations are transforming their data centers based on Oracle’s engineered systems that deliver unmatched performance.

Oracle Solution Showcase

Following five solutions that we will be demonstrated in the Solution Showcase area :

  • Oracle Engineered Systems
  • Oracle Best-of-Breed Systems
  • Oracle Public Cloud
  • Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Please stop by to learn more about these solution areas and see the latest Oracle solutions in action.

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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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