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

Register today and unlock the potential of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c for your enterprise.


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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...

Enjoy!

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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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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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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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