Friday Feb 08, 2013

Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Data Masking

Gartner recently announced that Oracle Data Masking Pack, part of Oracle Enterprise Manager’s quality management and Oracle Database Security defense-in-depth solution, has been named a leader in the first Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology report.

Oracle Data Masking strengths highlighted in the report include:

  • High performance data masking in Oracle Databases
  • Integration into Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c resulting in easy adoption
  • Availability of pre-built templates for popular packaged systems such as, Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Database security expertise and strong DBMS security portfolio

About Oracle Data Masking
Oracle Data Masking ensures privacy by transforming sensitive data before it is transferred to test, QA, and other non-production environments, addressing regulatory compliance for both Oracle and non-Oracle Databases.


Oracle Data Masking Pack: Production data is cloned and masked before being copied to Test.

Key Features:

  • Application data discovery
  • Centralized extensible format library
  • Comprehensive mask techniques
  • High performance masking with role-based security
  • Optimized for Oracle and non-Oracle databases
  • Integrated with Oracle testing products
  • Integrated with data subsetting

Oracle Data Masking completely replaces sensitive information such as; names, account numbers, SSNs, financial results, purchasing transactions, etc. in your development, test and QA systems with data that cannot be “reverse engineered” to reveal its original source. This allows production data to be safely used for development, testing, or sharing with out-source or off-shore partners for other non-production purposes. The Pack provides extensive search capabilities to scan enterprise databases for sensitive data discovery based on established data patterns and models.

The solution allows masking of all the related data elements automatically while preserving referential relationships combining the sensitive data columns and associated relationships in an Application Data Model. Oracle Data Masking can detect data dependencies, such as foreign key constraints and replaces sensitive information transparently. This ensures that the referential integrity necessary for applications to work and function properly will continue be in place, even on development systems.

Benefits:

  • Administrators will save time and eliminate risk by replacing individual scripts and routines written by DBAs with centrally managed and deployed libraries of masking processes.
  • Provides secure, scalable and automated solution to create test environments from production data using bulk masking.The solution enables faster time-to-market by speeding up the development process while helping organizations comply with privacy regulations and confidentiality policies.
  • Enables rapid DBA productivity through the use of application masking templates.
  • Supports custom data masks that are defined once and can be used every time that set of data needs to be masked.
  • Data security is integrated within the application management lifecycle, meaning that DBAs can provide realistic-masked production data to developers or testing groups for accurate application testing while reducing their storage costs by not having to provision an entire production environment for each developer or project.
  • Oracle Data Masking Pack is built into and installed with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Data Masking for Security and Compliance
Oracle Data Masking offers a comprehensive and customizable library of masking formats, templates and policies that can be used to replace sensitive information with realistic simulated values—all with just a few mouse clicks. The sensitive data never has to leave the Oracle Database or the production environment. This maintains data security and compliance through privacy and confidentiality polices on shared production data. The solution helps protect against unauthorized access to data that is being shared with off-shore developers, partners or 3rd party vendors.


Oracle Data Masking Pack: Centralized Extensible Format Library.

In addition, Oracle Data Masking allows organizations to enforce compliance with regulatory requirements such as; Sarbanes-Oxley, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as well as numerous other laws and regulations that restrict the use of actual customer data.

Oracle Data Masking continues to gain strong adoption, check out the latest customers to see how they are benefiting from the solution:

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Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Coles Deploys Oracle Exadata and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Read the latest news about Coles Supermarkets, one of Australia's largest grocery chains with more than 100,000 employees and 2,000 stores country-wide. Learn how Coles completely revamped their data warehouse with Oracle Exadata and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c . The new system improved Coles's processes and critical reporting by as much as 3 to 4x out-of-the-box with a 4 to 6x faster query performance. The result, higher quality of service for the business and for customers during peak seasonal spikes.

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Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

WEBCAST: Protect Your Sensitive and Confidential Data Using Oracle Data Masking Solution

Thursday February 7
10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a live and interactive webcast on how to comply with regulatory requirements and data protection policies by protecting sensitive data in non-production Oracle Databases as well as non-Oracle databases using Oracle Data Masking Pack, a part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c quality management and Oracle Database Security defense-in-depth solution. Topics include:

  • Automatically discovering sensitive data
  • Standard and advanced masking techniques made easy
  • Eliminate the need for a staging database using At-source masking
  • Secure your Oracle Applications (Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications) data quickly using masking templates
  • Seamless masking integration with Oracle's data subsetting solution
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Thursday Jan 24, 2013

HDFC Bank Deploys Database-as-a-Service with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Listen in as one of India’s largest banks discusses the benefits of using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage their database-as-a-service deployment.

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Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Answers to Your Common Database Performance Questions

An Interview with Oracle Database Manageability Expert, Deba Chatterjee

Throughout the year we hear from lots of customers and get many questions about managing Oracle Database. In this blog, I thought I would try and provide some answers to common diagnostics and tuning questions with the help of our product manager and residence expert for Oracle Database Manageability, Deba Chatterjee. Deba has a wealth of database performance tuning experience both inside and outside of Oracle managing large data warehouses. Deba is responsible for Oracle Diagnostics Pack for Database and Oracle Tuning Pack for Database. I recently sat down with Deba and had a chat about database manageability.

Scott McNeil: Deba, we get many people asking questions about database performance—many still don't know about all the deep diagnostics capabilities Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has to offer for Oracle Database. Capabilities such as; Compare Period ADDM, Real-Time ADDM, Active Session History (ASH) Analytics Real-Time SQL Monitoring, using Metric Extensions, and SQL Tuning Advisor—how do customers get all these capabilities for their database?

Deba Chatterjee: We recently ran a webcast: Maximize Oracle Database Performance with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Top 10 Tips and Tricks that explains how many of these features work. I highly recommend people watch the webcast to get a better understanding of the capabilities you mentioned. But the short answer is: for Compare Period ADDM, Real-Time ADDM, Metric Extensions you need to license Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Diagnostics Pack for Database. For Real-Time SQL Monitoring, SQL Tuning Advisor, you will need the Oracle Tuning Pack for Database.

Scott McNeil: Another question customers repeatedly ask is around Cloud Control and Database Control. Deba, can you explain the difference between Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (formerly Grid Control) and Database Control.

Deba Chatterjee: Although they belong to the same family of products there is a fundamental difference between the two. Database Control can be used to manage only a single database with which it has been configured, while Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c allows you to manage all your databases under the same centralized management console. Plus Cloud Control lets you manage not only all your databases but your entire application and technology stack too, whether it's in a private cloud or in a traditional environment.

How do you modify the Metric Value History retention in Enterprise Manager? For example; Enterprise Manager only shows the last 7 days, how do you display longer than 7 days?

Deba Chatterjee: There are various retention times based on the type of metric data:

  • Raw metric data: default retention time is 7 days
  • Hourly aggregated metric data: default retention is 31 days
  • Daily aggregated metric data: default retention is 12 months

Refer to the documentation here, if you want to change the default retention time.

For Compare Period ADDM, how do you relate that in the context of system load?

Deba Chatterjee: In the resource usage tab, you can check the system CPU, Memory, I/O and interconnect (for RAC databases) utilizations across the 2 comparison periods in the same database.

Does Compare Period ADDM take into account the average read and average write in order to identify why the variance is happening in performance?

Deba Chatterjee: Compare Period ADDM uses database time to compare the performance across two periods. It does not compare based on average read or write times.

Does Enterprise Manager have the ability to create customized performance graphs? For example; can you create a graph for CPU usage in the last 24 hours on a given Host?

Deba Chatterjee: This is possible through the information publisher or BI publisher reports. As for the CPU usage, the chart is available out-of-the box in the target page for hosts.

How do you connect to the database itself when it’s hung and won't allow any extra connections? Do you use command line? Can you use ADDM even though the database is hung?

Deba Chatterjee: When the database is hung, you can connect to it using the diagnostic connection mode in Real-Time ADDM. The agent that is used to monitor the database makes the connection. No, command line is used. You have to use Real-Time ADDM for the connection.

Is Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c compatible with older versions of the database?

Deba Chatterjee: You can use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to monitor 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, and 11.2.0.3.

Is SQL Performance Analyzer part of Oracle Database 11g or do you need to use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c?

Deba Chatterjee: SQL Performance Analyzer is built into the database and provides command line APIs. However, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides the complete orchestration needed to capture the SQL tuning set, run the performance trials, and then to create a performance comparison report.

How do you enable Enterprise Manager to monitor and send alerts to the DBAs for a "Runaway Query?”

Deba Chatterjee: You can use EM to monitor runaway queries and send alerts using Metric Extensions which rely on the data captured in SQL Monitoring. The method was explained in this webcast presentation.

How do you create a report for all the SQL running in an instance during a 30 minute timeframe? Can you export this to a spreadsheet?

Deba Chatterjee: ASH stores sampled (1 seconds in memory or 10 seconds on-disk) SQL. However ASH is meant to capture the high load SQL statements so it won’t have all SQL statements.

Do you recommend enabling automatic gathering of SQL baselines as a preventative measure of SQL regression?

Deba Chatterjee: No. This would be overkill. Identify the queries that frequently change plans and then create SQL plan baselines.

If a server has multiple database instances, what is the best way to effectively do resource allocation?

Deba Chatterjee: There is no silver bullet. Carefully study your database load and decide on use of services, instance caging and resource managers to manage load on servers.

When using SQL Performance Analyzer, do you create the baseline first before the code change is deployed or at peak DB time?

Deba Chatterjee: These are two different problems. While testing for Code change, the baseline should be created before the code is deployed. While testing for an upgrade scenario the baseline needs to be created at a peak DB time.

Is there a metric to monitor ASM disk group utilization at the cluster level?

Deba Chatterjee: Yes. ASM Disk Group Usage metric is what you can use. (See image below)

Can Oracle Enterprise Manager’s alerts be configured to monitor elements in the audit trail such as table creation or table drop?

Deba Chatterjee: Yes, these type of alerts can be configured using Metric Extensions.

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Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

Heterogeneous Datacenter Management with Enterprise Manager 12c

The following is a Guest Blog, contributed by Bryce Kaiser, Product Manager at Blue Medora

When I envision a perfect datacenter, it would consist of technologies acquired from a single vendor across the entire server, middleware, application, network, and storage stack - Apps to Disk - that meets your organization’s every IT requirement with absolute best-of-breed solutions in every category.   To quote a familiar motto, your datacenter would consist of "Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together".  

In almost all cases, practical realities dictate something far less than the IT Utopia mentioned above.   You may wish to leverage multiple vendors to keep licensing costs down, a single vendor may not have an offering in the IT category you need, or your preferred vendor may quite simply not have the solution that meets your needs.    In other words, your IT needs dictate a heterogeneous IT environment.  Heterogeneity, however, comes with additional complexity. The following are two pretty typical challenges:

1) No End-to-End Visibility into the Enterprise Wide Application Deployment. Each vendor solution which is added to an infrastructure may bring its own tooling creating different consoles for different vendor applications and platforms.

2) No Visibility into Performance Bottlenecks. When multiple management tools operate independently, you lose diagnostic capabilities including identifying cross-tier issues with database, hung-requests, slowness, memory leaks and hardware errors/failures causing DB/MW issues.

As adoption of Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) has increased, especially since the release of Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle has seen an increase in the number of customers who want to leverage their investments in EM to manage non-Oracle workloads.  Enterprise Manager provides a single pane of glass view into their entire datacenter.  By creating a highly extensible framework via the Oracle EM Extensibility Development Kit (EDK), Oracle has provided the tooling for business partners such as my company Blue Medora as well as customers to easily fill gaps in the ecosystem and enhance existing solutions.  

As mentioned in the previous post on the Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange, customers have access to an assortment of Oracle and Partner provided solutions through this Exchange, which is accessed at http://www.oracle.com/goto/emextensibility.  Currently, there are over 80 Oracle and partner provided plug-ins across the EM 11g and EM 12c versions.  Blue Medora is one of those contributing partners, for which you will find 3 of our solutions including our flagship plugin for VMware.  

Let's look at Blue Medora’s VMware plug-in as an example to what I'm trying to convey.  Here is a common situation solved by true visibility into your entire stack:

Symptoms
•    My database is bogging down, however the database appears okay internally.  Maybe it’s starved for resources?
•    My OS tooling is showing everything is “OK”.  Something doesn’t add up.

Root cause
•    Through the VMware plugin we can see the problem is actually on the virtualization layer

Solution
•    From within Enterprise Manager  -- the same tool you use for all of your database tuning -- we can overlay the data of the database target, host target, and virtual machine target for a true picture of the true root cause.

Here is the console view:


Perhaps your monitoring conditions are more specific to your environment.  No worries, Enterprise Manager still has you covered.  With Metric Extensions you have the “Next Generation” of User-Defined Metrics, which easily bring the power of your existing management scripts into a single console while leveraging the proven Enterprise Manager framework.

Simply put, Oracle Enterprise manager boasts a growing ecosystem that provides the single pane of glass for your entire datacenter from the database and beyond. 

Bryce can be contacted at info@bluemedora.com

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 09, 2012

Private Cloud: Putting some method behind the madness

Finally, I decided to join the blogging community. And what could be a better time to start than the week after OpenWorld 2012. 50K+ attendees, demonstrations, speaker sessions and a whole lot of buzz on Oracle Cloud..It was raining clouds in this year's Openworld. I am not here to write about Oracle's cloud strategy in general, but on Enterprise Manager's cloud management capabilities. This year's Openworld was the first after we announced the 12c Cloud Control and we were happy to share the stage with quite a few early adopters. Stay tuned for videos from our customers and partners, I will post them as they get published.

I met a number of platform administrators in Oracle-DBAs, Middleware Admins, SOA Admins...The cloud has affected them all, at least to the point where it beckoned more than just curiosity..Most IT infrastructure are already heavily virtualized (on VMWare and on others including Oracle VM), and some would claim they are already on “cloud” (at least their Sysadmins told them so). But none of them were confident of the benefits because their pain points continued to grow.. Isn't cloud supposed to ease those? Instead, they were chasing hundreds of databases running on hundreds of VMs, often with as much certainty propounded by Heisenberg. What happened to the age-old IT discipline around administration, compliance, configuration management?

VMs are great for what they are. I personally think they have opened the doors to new approaches in which an application stack gets provisioned and updated. In fact, Enterprise Manager 12c is possibly the only tool out there that can provision full-fledged application as VM Assemblies. In this year's Openworld, customers talked on how they provisioned RAC and Siebel assemblies, which as the techies out there know, are not trivial (hearing provisioning time for Siebel down from weeks to hours was gratifying indeed). However, I do have an issue with a "one-size fits all" approach to cloud. In a week's span, I met several personas:

  • Project owners requiring an EC2 like VM instance for their projects

  • Admins needing the same for Sparc-Solaris.

  • DBAs requiring dedicated databases for new projects

  • APEX Developers needing just a ready-to-consume schema as a service

  • Java Developers looking for a runtime platform

  • QA engineers needing a fast clone of their production environment

If you drill down further, you will end up peeling more layers of the details. For example, the requirements for Load testing and Functional testing are very different. For Load testing the test environment should ideally be the same as the production. You shouldn't run production on Exadata and load test on a VM; they will just not be good representations of one another. For Functional testing it does not possibly matter.

DBAs seem to be at the worst affected of the lot. It seems they have been asked to choose between agile provisioning and  faster runtime performance. And in some cases, it is really a Hobson's choice, because their infrastructure provider made no distinction between the OLTP application and the Virtual desktop! Sad indeed.

When one looks at the portfolio of services that we already offer (vanilla IaaS, VM Assembly based PaaS, DBaaS) or have announced (Java PaaS, Instant Cloning, Schema-aaS), one can possibly think that we are trying to be the "renaissance man" ! Well I would have possibly digested that had it not been for the various personas that I described above.

Getting the use cases right is very important for an application such as cloud management. We iterate and iterate over these over and over again and re-validate them in CABs (Customer Advisory Boards). We consider over the major aspects of tenancy: service placement, resource isolation (can a tenant execute an expensive SQL and run away with all the resources), quota and security. We, in Engineering, keep reminding ourselves that we are dealing with enterprise clouds. We owe it to our customer base !

In the coming posts, I will drill down more into each of the services. In the meanwhile, here are some collateral and  demos for starters with EM 12c.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/cloud-mgmt/index.html

Sudip Datta

The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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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:

Download the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c OpenWorld schedule (PDF)

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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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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Monday May 21, 2012

Benefits of using Ops Center to deploy and manage Solaris 11

One of the more significant new features in Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c is the ability to install Ops Center on Oracle Solaris 11, and to deploy and manage systems running Solaris 11.  The Solaris 11 capabilities are in addition to the analogous features for Solaris 10 and Linux, which can all be handled from the same Ops Center infrastructure.

When the Ops Center Enterprise Controller (EC) is installed on a system running Solaris 11, the EC can create a Solaris 11 Software Update Library containing Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) content that is synchronized with the main Oracle repository at pkg.oracle.com. The Ops Center managed Solaris 11 repository becomes the package (pkg) publisher for downstream Solaris 11 deployments and updates on all Solaris 11 systems being managed by Ops Center.

Ops Center provides the ability to define Solaris 11 OS and Software Profiles comprised of Oracle Solaris 11 packages, user-supplied custom packages, scripts, and other files.  Such Software Profiles profiles can then be used to install and update software on systems already running Solaris 11 in a structured and consistent way.  Ops Center not only caches the main Oracle Solaris IPS repository, but more importantly it gives admins the ability to define their own preferred collection of packages so that systems can easily be kept in sync with each other, running a well-defined, life-cycle-managed Standard Operating Environment (SOE), instead of just whatever the latest content is at pkg.oracle.com.

Ops Center 12c also adds Solaris 11 features for bare-metal OS Provisioning, based on the Solaris 11 Auto Install (AI) facility.  Ops Center configures the Solaris 11 AI in a way that shields admins from needing to write custom AI manifests or custom "first boot" packages.  Solaris 11 deployments using Ops Center follow similar profile-based patterns as for Solaris 10 or Linux, all of which can all be deployed from the same Ops Center infrastructure running on Solaris 11.  The gory details of all these different times of bare-metal OS Provisioning are handled automatically for the user so that he or she does not need to put time and resources into manually creating and maintaining infrastructure for deploying different OS's natively -- Solaris 11 with AI, Solaris 10 JumpStart with JET, or Linux with Kickstart or AutoYast.  All of those OS's are handled by Ops Center under the covers, based on whatever network boot capability the OS requires (PXE/DHCP, WANBOOT, or AI), and all from the same Ops Center infrastructure running on Solaris 11.

Specific to Solaris 11 OS Provisioning (via AI), Ops Center provides its own "first-boot" package+scripts to customize the Solaris 11 deployment, and in particular this approach automatically installs the Ops Center agent.  With the Ops Center Agent in place right from the start, it is easy to handle post-install steps using the Ops Center features for handling Solaris 11 OS and Software Profiles containing additional packages, scripts, and content from the Solaris 11 Software Library, described above.

Tying bare-metal Solaris 11 deployment and post-install customization together is a key way that Ops Center simplifies the overall life-cycle management for Solaris 11 (in addition to Solaris 10 and Linux).   For example, a top-level plan based on "Configure and Install Logical Domains" can create numerous Logical Domains into an Oracle VM Server for SPARC "Server Pool" and provision Solaris 11 into each LDom Guest based on a powerful multi-step "Install Server" plan.  Such a plan can cover the end-to-end steps for installing and updating the OS, running scripts and adjusting monitoring parameters, etc.

Here is an example of the kinds of activities that can be performed in conjunction an OS Deployment, or separately, depending on the need:

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Deployment Plan

NOTE: In the above example, the last step "Create Guests" can be used to create one or more Solaris Containers within the LDom Guest, rounding out the end-to-end deployment all the way from LDom Guest to Solaris 11 Global Zone to multiple Solaris Containers, if so desired.

One of the nicest aspect of deploying and managing Solaris 11 using Ops Center Plans and Profiles is that the same content can be applied as updates to existing Solaris 11 systems, aligned to the same content as chained off a bare-metal OS Provisioning.  It is up to the user which steps they want to include in a deployment plan -- whether they are updating Software Profiles on systems deployed 6 months ago to match the latest standard, or they are deploying new systems based on that same standard, Ops Center provides the means to insure that the outcome is consistent.

Here is an example of the kinds of activities that can be performed on an existing Solaris 11 OS -- either ad hoc, or immediately after a Solaris 11 OS Provisioning step, so that whether the life-cycle started with a new system, or the intent is to update a system deployed six months ago, the outcome can be the same:

S11 Update Multi-Step Plan

In short, Ops Center running on Solaris 11 can manage Solaris 10 and Linux systems, all from a common infrastructure, and all based on a simplified, consistent, profile- and plan-based way to do the OS and Software deployments and updates.  The net effect is an easy to use way to managing the life-cycle of heterogeneous systems, in a very consistent way through automation and re-use.

Please let us know what you think?  Until next time...
\Leon
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Leon Shaner | Senior IT/Product Architect
Systems Management | Ops Center Engineering @ Oracle

The views expressed on this [blog; Web site] are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.



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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 Apr 18, 2012

Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 debuts at StarEast conference

Join Oracle for an exclusive sneak peek at Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1, the industry’s most advanced application testing solution for Web, SOA, and Oracle Applications at the StarEast 2012 Conference in Orlando Florida this week.

New in this release, intended for general availability later this month, is a test accelerator for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne – providing customers easier and more efficient testing of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementations. 

Also:

  • Deeper integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager‘s middleware and database diagnostics features, providing improved testing efficiency and productivity by enabling testers to detect performance bottlenecks faster and with less effort.
  • Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 provides JUnit execution right from Oracle Test Manager making Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 the single console to manage, plan and execute test cases.

A key component of Oracle Enterprise Manager’s suite of Application Quality Management products, Oracle Application Testing Suite provides an integrated solution for load testing, functional testing and test process management, enabling customers to thoroughly test applications and their underlying infrastructure to help ensure the best quality, scalability and availability prior to deployment. 

Senior Director of Product Management for our Application Quality Management product, Mughees Minhas, was interviewed by Better Software Testing Magazine about his vision on the rise of the cloud, market consolidation and risk management. You'll find his interview in the online version of the magazine

If you're at StarEast, come visit our booth 35/36 to get a sneak peek at Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 
However, if you're not able to make it, which will be the majority of our readers, you could register for the free webcast that we're running together with StickyMinds.com on May 1st , 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET : Oracle’s Approach to Application and Infrastructure Testing: Strategies and Best Practices

Happy testing. 

Thursday Mar 01, 2012

Sushil Kumar, VP,Product Strategy and Business development,Oracle shares highlights of new Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c update

Yesterday ( Feb. 29, 2012), Oracle announced the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Bundle patch 1 and 12.1.0.2 Plug-in updates. The new "Bundle Patch" contains numerous bug fixes, performance improvements and new features to improve Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c customer experience . 

Sushil Kumar, VP, Product Strategy and Business development, Oracle Enterprise Manager, shared the highlights of the new "Bundle Patch" with me earlier today. In this blog, I captured my discussion with Sushil.

The new “Bundle Patch” is a pretty significant update to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c bits released at Oracle Open World in October, 2012. It contains over 3000 bug fixes and includes some brand new functionality such as Weblogic and Fusion Apps Patching, Exadata out of place patching, etc. We recommend customers, who are considering to go live with EM 12c in production in the next few months, to pick up this mandatory update. 


Even though we are calling this update a "Bundle Patch", an updated Enterprise Manager Base Platform Full Installer is made available for download on Oracle Technology Network (OTN).  Any customer who downloads the 12c bit as of February 29, 2012, will automatically get these updates as a part of the base install. In another words, if you download the EM 12c product by clicking on “for Linux x86 (64 bit) (With Bundle Patch)” link from the OTN Download center (see the screen shot below) and do a fresh install, you will have all the updates required and no additional patches need to be applied to get these updates. 


The revised installation media is only available for Linux right now. The updated installer will be released on other operating systems in the coming weeks/months.

If you have not already discovered a large number of targets, defined admin groups and monitoring templates or defined compliance policies and rules, etc. with previously released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c bit, then a fresh install with the updated installer is the way to go. The option of “patching” a site running on previously released EM bits exists , but, it may be worth the pain only if you have already put in a lot of time and effort setting up your EM 12c environment based on the previously released bits.

We are working closely with the early adopter customers of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to make sure that they can update in a smoothest possible manner. If you were not part of the EM 12c early adopter program, please work with your Oracle support .


The other exciting announcement with the release of EM 12c iPhone app that Scott blogged about yesterday. This is in response to the strong customer demand to make EM accessible from mobile devices. The new app primarily exposes the incident management functionality but we will add more features to it moving forward.


Finally, we want to highlight that the only supported version of Oracle BI Publisher with EM 12c is 11.1.1.5 and it is linked from the EM 12c download page.  Please do not use the latest version 11.1.1.6 of BI publisher with EM 12c since that may render your environment unusable. We do have plans to support 11.1.1.6 in the near future, but, as of now, please download the BI publisher version that is linked off the EM 12c download page on OTN.

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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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