Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Benefits

Earlier this month at the Oracle Open World 2012, we celebrated the first anniversary of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c . Early adopters of  Oracle Enterprise manager 12c have benefited from its federated self-service access to complete application stacks, automated provisioning, elastic scalability, metering, and charge-back capabilities.

Crimson Consulting Group recently interviewed multiple early adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and captured their finding in a white Paper "Real-World Benefits of Private Cloud: Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Gains".  Here is summary of the finding :-


On October 25th at 10 AM pacific time, Kirk Bangstad from the Crimson Consulting group will join us in a live webcast and share what learnt from the early adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. Don't miss this chance to hear how private clouds could impact your business and ask questions from our experts.

Webcast: Real-World Benefits of Private Cloud
Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Benefits

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM PDT | 1:00 PM EDT


Register Today

All attendees will receive the White Paper: Real-World Benefits of Private Cloud: Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Gains.

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Thursday Oct 04, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager sessions on the last day of the Oracle Open World

Hope you had a very productive Oracle Open World so far . Hopefully, many of you attended the customer appreciation event yesterday night at the Treasures Islands. 

 We still have many enterprise manager related sessions today on Thursday, last day of Oracle Open World 2012.

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

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

Time Title Location
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Application Performance Matters: Oracle Real User Experience Insight Palace Hotel - Sea Cliff
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Advanced Management of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with Oracle Enterprise Manager InterContinental - Grand Ballroom B
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Spark on SPARC Servers: Enterprise-Class IaaS with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Moscone West - 3018
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Pinpoint Production Applications’ Performance Bottlenecks by Using JVM Diagnostics Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Bringing Order to the Masses: Scalable Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Moscone West - 3020
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Improving the Performance of Oracle E-Business Suite Applications: Tips from a DBA’s Diary Moscone West - 2018
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Advanced Management of Oracle PeopleSoft with Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone West - 3009
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Managing Sun Servers and Oracle Engineered Systems with Oracle Enterprise Manager Moscone West - 2000
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Strategies for Configuring Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c in a Secure IT Environment Moscone West - 3018
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to Control Operational Costs Moscone South - 308
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM My Oracle Support: The Proactive 24/7 Assistant for Your Oracle Installations Moscone West - 3018
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Functional and Load Testing Tips and Techniques for Advanced Testers Moscone South - 307
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Oracle Enterprise Manager Deployment Best Practices Moscone South - 104

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Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager users present today at Oracle Users Forum

Oracle Users Forum starts in a few minutes at Moscone West, Levels 2 & 3. There are more than hundreds of Oracle user sessions during the day. Many Oracle Oracle Enterprise Manager users are presenting today as well.

 In addition, we will have a Twitter Chat today from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM with IOUG leaders, Enterprise Manager SIG contributors and many speakers. You can participate in the chat using hash tag #em12c on Twitter.com or by going to  tweetchat.com/room/em12c      (Needs Twitter credential for participating).  Feel free to join IOUG and Enterprise team members at the User Group Pavilion on 2nd Floor, Moscone West.

RSVP by going http://tweetvite.com/event/IOUG  .

Don't miss the Oracle Open World welcome keynote by Larry Ellison this evening at 5 PM .

Here is the complete list of Oracle Enterprise Manager sessions during the Oracle Users Forum :

Time

Session Title

Speakers

Location

8:00AM - 8:45AM

UGF4569 - Oracle RAC Migration with Oracle Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

VINOD Emmanuel -Database Engineering, Dell, Inc.
Wendy Chen - Sr. Systems Engineer, Dell, Inc.

Moscone West - 2011

8:00AM - 8:45AM

UGF10389 -  Monitoring Storage Systems for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Anand Ranganathan - Product Manager, NetApp

Moscone West - 2016

9:00AM - 10:00AM

UGF2571 - Make Oracle Enterprise Manager Sing and Dance with the Command-Line Interface

Ray Smith - Senior Database Administrator, Portland General Electric

Moscone West - 2011

10:30AM - 11:30AM

UGF2850 - Optimal Support: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control, My Oracle Support, and More

April Sims - DBA, Southern Utah University

Moscone West - 2011

12:30PM-2:00PM

UGF5131 - Migrating from Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control to 12c Cloud Control   

Leighton Nelson - Database Administrator, Mercy

Moscone West - 2011

2:15PM-3:15PM

UGF6511 -  Database Performance Tuning: Get the Best out of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control

Mike Ault - Oracle Guru, TEXAS MEMORY SYSTEMS INC
Tariq Farooq - CEO/Founder, BrainSurface

Moscone West - 2011

3:30PM-4:30PM

UGF4556 - Will It Blend? Verifying Capacity in Server and Database Consolidations

Jeremiah Wilton - Database Technology, Blue Gecko / DatAvail

Moscone West - 2018

3:30PM-4:30PM

UGF10400 - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Monitoring, Metric Extensions, and Configuration Best Practices

Kellyn Pot'Vin - Sr. Technical Consultant, Enkitec

Moscone West - 2011

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Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Anniversary at Open World General Session and Twitter Chat using #em12c on October 2nd

As most of you will remember, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c was announced last year at Open World. We are celebrating first anniversary of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c next week at Open world.

During the last year, Oracle customers have seen the benefits of federated self-service access to complete application stacks, elastic scalability, automated metering, and charge-back from capabilities of Oracle Enterprise manager 12c. In this session you will learn how customers are leveraging Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to build and operate their enterprise cloud. You will also hear about Oracle’s IT management strategy and some new capabilities inside the Oracle Enterprise Manager product family.

In this anniversary general session of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, you will also watch an interactive role play ( similar to what some of you may have seen at "Zero to Cloud" sessions at the Oracle Cloud Builder Summit ) depicting a fictional company in the throes of deploying a private cloud. Watch as the CIO and his key cloud architects battle with misconceptions about enterprise cloud computing and watch how Oracle Enterprise Manager helps them address the key challenges of planning, deploying and managing an enterprise private cloud.

The session will be led by Sushil Kumar, Vice President, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle Enterprise Manager. Jeff Budge, Director, Global Oracle Technology Practice, CSC Consulting, Inc. will join Sushil for the general session as well.

Following the general session, Sushil Kumar ( Twitter user name @sxkumar ) will join us for a Twitter Chat on Tuesday at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Sushil will answer any follow-up questions from the general session or any question related to Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Private Cloud .

You can participate in the chat using hash tag #em12c on Twitter.com or by going to  tweetchat.com/room/em12c (Needs Twitter credential for participating).  You could pre-submit your questions for Sushil using any of the social media channels mentioned below.

RSVP for tweet chat by going to http://tweetvite.com/event/em12c

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Thursday Sep 20, 2012

IOUG and Oracle Enterprise Manager User Community Twitter Chat and Sessions at OpenWorld

Like last many years, we will have annual Oracle Users Forum on Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at Moscone West, Levels 2 & 3 . It will be open to all registered attendees of Oracle Open World and conferences running from September 29 to October 5, 2012 .

This will be a great  opportunity to meet with colleagues, peers, and subject matter experts to share best practices, tips, and techniques around Oracle technologies. You could sit in on a special interest group (SIG) meeting or session and learn how to get more out of Oracle technologies and applications.

IOUG and Oracle Enterprise Manager team invites you to join a Twitter Chat on Sunday, Sep. 30th from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  IOUG leaders, Enterprise Manager SIG contributors and many Oracle Users Forum speakers will answer questions related to their experience with Oracle Enterprise Manager and the activities and resources available for  Enterprise Manager SIG members.

You can participate in the chat using hash tag #em12c on Twitter.com or by going to  tweetchat.com/room/em12c      (Needs Twitter credential for participating).  Feel free to join IOUG and Enterprise team members at the User Group Pavilion on 2nd Floor, Moscone West.

RSVP by going http://tweetvite.com/event/IOUG  .

Here is the complete list of Oracle Enterprise Manager sessions during the Oracle Users Forum :

Time

Session Title

Speakers

Location

8:00AM - 8:45AM

UGF4569 - Oracle RAC Migration with Oracle Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

VINOD Emmanuel -Database Engineering, Dell, Inc.
Wendy Chen - Sr. Systems Engineer, Dell, Inc.

Moscone West - 2011

8:00AM - 8:45AM

UGF10389 -  Monitoring Storage Systems for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Anand Ranganathan - Product Manager, NetApp

Moscone West - 2016

9:00AM - 10:00AM

UGF2571 - Make Oracle Enterprise Manager Sing and Dance with the Command-Line Interface

Ray Smith - Senior Database Administrator, Portland General Electric

Moscone West - 2011

10:30AM - 11:30AM

UGF2850 - Optimal Support: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control, My Oracle Support, and More

April Sims - DBA, Southern Utah University

Moscone West - 2011

11:30AM - 12:30PM

IOUG and Oracle Enterprise Manager Joint Tweet Chat 

Join IOUG Leaders, IOUG's Enterprise Manager SIG Contributors and Speakers on Twitter and ask questions related to practitioner's experience with Oracle Enterprise Manager and the new IOUG 's Enterprise Manager SIG.

To attend and participate in the chat, please use hash tag #em12c on twitter.com or your favorite Twitter client. You can also go to tweetchat.com/room/em12c to watch the conversation or login with your twitter credentials to ask questions.

User Group Pavilion

2nd Floor,

Moscone West

12:30PM-2:00PM

UGF5131 - Migrating from Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control to 12c Cloud Control   

Leighton Nelson - Database Administrator, Mercy

Moscone West - 2011

2:15PM-3:15PM

UGF6511 -  Database Performance Tuning: Get the Best out of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control

Mike Ault - Oracle Guru, TEXAS MEMORY SYSTEMS INC
Tariq Farooq - CEO/Founder, BrainSurface

Moscone West - 2011

3:30PM-4:30PM

UGF4556 - Will It Blend? Verifying Capacity in Server and Database Consolidations

Jeremiah Wilton - Database Technology, Blue Gecko / DatAvail

Moscone West - 2018

3:30PM-4:30PM

UGF10400 - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Monitoring, Metric Extensions, and Configuration Best Practices

Kellyn Pot'Vin - Sr. Technical Consultant, Enkitec

Moscone West - 2011

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Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment

Oracle recently published Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment, a white paper that provides guidance on the complete hardware and software stack for deploying and managing your physical and virtual SPARC infrastructure. The solution is based on Oracle SPARC T4 servers, Oracle Solaris 11 with Oracle VM for SPARC 2.2, Sun ZFS storage appliances, Sun 10GbE 72 port switches and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c. The paper emphasizes the value and importance of planning the resources (compute, network and storage) that will comprise the virtualized environment to achieve the desired capacity, performance and availability characteristics.

Please join us for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Customer Community call on Thursday, October 25 at 8AM PT, 11AM ET.  to learn more about the best practices for building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment and ask any questions you may have.

The document also details numerous operational best practices that will help you deliver on those characteristics with unique capabilities provided by Enterprise Manager Ops Center including policy-based guest placement, pool resource balancing and automated guest recovery in the event of server failure. Plenty of references to supplementary documentation are included to help point you to additional resources. Whether you’re building the first stages of your private cloud or a general-purpose virtualized SPARC computing environment, these documented best practices will help ensure success.

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Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Examine your readiness for managing Enterprise Private Cloud

Cloud computing promises to deliver greater agility to meet demanding  business needs, operational efficiencies, and lower cost. However these promises cannot be realized and enterprises may not be able to get the best value out of their enterprise private cloud computing infrastructure without a comprehensive cloud management solution .

Take this new self-assessment quiz that measures the readiness of your enterprise private cloud. It scores your readiness in the following areas and discover where and how you can improve to gain total cloud control over your enterprise private cloud.

Complete Cloud Lifecycle Solution

Check if you are ready to manage all phases of the building, managing, and consuming an enterprise cloud. You will learn how Oracle can help build and manage a rich catalog of cloud services – whether it is Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Database-as-a-Service, or Platform-as-a-Service, all from a single product.

Integrated Cloud Stack Management

Integrated management of the entire cloud stack – all the way from application to disk, is very important to eliminate the integration pains and costs that customers would have to otherwise incur by trying to create a cloud environment by integrating multiple point solutions.

Business-Driven Clouds

It is critical that an enterprise Cloud platform is not only able to run applications but also has deep business insight and visibility. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables creation of application-aware and business-driven clouds that has deep insight into applications, business services and transactions. As the leading providers of business applications and the middleware, we are able to offer you a cloud solution that is optimized for business services.

Proactive Management

Integration of the enterprise cloud infrastructure with support can allow cloud administrators to benefit from Automatic Service Requests (ASR), proactive patch recommendations, health checks and end-of-life advisory for all of the technology deployed within cloud.

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Thursday Sep 13, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 (12.1.0.2) is Available Now !

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 (12.1.0.2). It is now available for download on OTN on ALL platforms. This is the first major release since the launch of Enterprise Manager 12c in October of 2011. This is the first time when Enterprise Manager release is available on all platforms simultaneously.

This is primarily a stability release which incorporates many of issues and feedback reported by early adopters. In addition, this release contains many new features and enhancements in areas across the board.

New Capabilities and Features

  • Enhanced management capabilities for enterprise private clouds:
    • Introduces new capabilities to allow customers to build and manage a Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud based on Oracle Weblogic Server. The new capabilities include guided set up of PaaS Cloud, self-service provisioning, automatic scale out and metering and chargeback.
    • Enhanced lifecycle management capabilities for Oracle WebLogic Server environments: Combining in-context multiple domain, patching and configuration file synchronizations.
    • Integrated Hardware-Software management for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud through features such as rack schematics visualization and integrated monitoring of all hardware and software components.
  • The latest management capabilities for business-critical applications include:
    • Business Application Management: A new Business Application (BA) target type and dashboard with flexible definitions provides a logical view of an application’s business transactions, end-user experiences and the cloud infrastructure the monitored application is running on.
    • Enhanced User Experience Reporting: Oracle Real User Experience Insight has been enhanced to provide reporting capabilities on client-side issues for applications running in the cloud and has been more tightly coupled with Oracle Business Transaction Management to help ensure that real-time user experience and transaction tracing data is provided to users in context.
  • Several key improvements address ease of administration, reporting and extensibility for massively scalable cloud environments including dynamic groups, self-updateable monitoring templates, bulk operations against many events, etc.

New and Revised Plug-Ins:

Several plug-Ins have been updated as a part of this release resulting in either new versions or revisions. Revised plug-ins contain only bug-fixes and while new plug-ins incorporate both bug fixes as well as new functionality.

Plug-In Name

Version

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database

12.1.0.2 (revision)

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Fusion Middleware

12.1.0.3 (new)

Enterprise Manager for Chargeback and Capacity Planning

12.1.0.3 (new)

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Fusion Applications

12.1.0.3 (new)

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Virtualization

12.1.0.3 (new)

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Exadata

12.1.0.3 (new)

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud

12.1.0.4 (new)

Installation and Upgrade:

  • All major platforms have been released simultaneously (Linux 32 / 64 bit, Solaris (SPARC), Solaris x86-64, IBM AIX 64-bit, and Windows x86-64 (64-bit) )
  • Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.2 is a complete release that includes both the EM OMS and Agent versions of 12.1.0.2.
  • Installation options available with EM 12.1.0.2: User can do fresh Install or an upgrade from versions EM 10.2.0.5, 11.1, or 12.1.0.2 ( Bundle Patch 1 not mandatory).
  • Upgrading to EM 12.1.0.2 from EM 12.1.0.1 is not a patch application (similar to Bundle Patch 1) but is achieved through a 1-system upgrade.

Documentation:

Please feel free to ask questions related to the new Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 (12.1.0.2) at the Oracle Enterprise Manager Forum . You could also share your feedback at twitter  using hash tag #em12c or at Facebook .

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Sunday Sep 09, 2012

Extending Database-as-a-Service to Provision Databases with Application Data

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Database as a Service (DBaaS) empowers Self Service/SSA Users to rapidly spawn databases on demand in cloud. The configuration and structure of provisioned databases depends on respective service template selected by Self Service user while requesting for database. In EM12c, the DBaaS Self Service/SSA Administrator has the option of hosting various service templates in service catalog and based on underlying DBCA templates.

Many times provisioned databases require production scale data either for UAT, testing or development purpose and managing DBCA templates with data can be unwieldy. So, we need to populate the database using post deployment script option and without any additional work for the SSA Users. The SSA Administrator can automate this task in few easy steps. For details on how to setup DBaaS Self Service Portal refer to the DBaaS Cookbook

In this article, I will list steps required to enable EM 12c DBaaS to provision databases with application data in two distinct ways using: 1) Data pump 2) Transportable tablespaces (TTS). The steps listed below are just examples of how to extend EM 12c DBaaS and you can even have your own method plugged in part of post deployment script option.

Using Data Pump to populate databases

These are the steps to be followed to implement extending DBaaS using Data Pump methodolgy:

  1. Production DBA should run data pump export on the production database and make the dump file available to all the servers participating in the database zone [sample shown in Fig.1]

    -- Full export
    expdp FULL=y DUMPFILE=data_pump_dir:dpfull1%U.dmp, data_pump_dir:dpfull2%U.dmp PARALLEL=4 LOGFILE=data_pump_dir:dpexpfull.log JOB_NAME=dpexpfull

    Figure-1:  Full export of database using data pump


  2. Create a post deployment SQL script [sample shown in Fig. 2] and this script can either be uploaded into the software library by SSA Administrator or made available on a shared location accessible from servers where databases are likely to be provisioned

    -- Full import
    declare
        h1   NUMBER;
    begin
    -- Creating the directory object where source database dump is backed up.
        execute immediate 'create directory DEST_LOC as''/scratch/nagrawal/OracleHomes/oradata/INITCHNG/datafile''';
    -- Running import
        h1 := dbms_datapump.open (operation => 'IMPORT', job_mode => 'FULL', job_name => 'DB_IMPORT10');
        dbms_datapump.set_parallel(handle => h1, degree => 1);
        dbms_datapump.add_file(handle => h1, filename => 'IMP_GRIDDB_FULL.LOG', directory => 'DATA_PUMP_DIR', filetype => 3);
        dbms_datapump.add_file(handle => h1, filename => 'EXP_GRIDDB_FULL_%U.DMP', directory => 'DEST_LOC', filetype => 1);
        dbms_datapump.start_job(handle => h1);
        dbms_datapump.detach(handle => h1);
    end;
    /

    Figure-2: Importing using data pump pl/sql procedures


  3. Using DBCA, create a template for the production database – include all the init.ora parameters, tablespaces, datafiles & their sizes
  4. SSA Administrator should customize “Create Database Deployment Procedure” and provide DBCA template created in the previous step.
  5. In “Additional Configuration Options” step of Customize “Create Database Deployment Procedure” flow, provide the name of the SQL script in the Custom Script section and lock the input (shown in Fig. 3). Continue saving the deployment procedure.


    Figure-3: Using Custom script option for calling Import SQL

  6. Now, an SSA user can login to Self Service Portal and use the flow to provision a database that will also  populate the data using the post deployment step.

Using Transportable tablespaces to populate databases

Copy of all user/application tablespaces will enable this method of populating databases. These are the required steps to extend DBaaS using transportable tablespaces:

  1. Production DBA needs to create a backup of tablespaces. Datafiles may need conversion [such as from Big Endian to Little Endian or vice versa] based on the platform of production and destination where DBaaS created the test database. Here is sample backup script shows how to find out if any conversion is required, describes the steps required to convert datafiles and backup tablespace.
  2. SSA Administrator should copy the database (tablespaces) backup datafiles and export dumps to the backup location accessible from the hosts participating in the database zone(s).
  3. Create a post deployment SQL script and this script can either be uploaded into the software library by SSA Administrator or made available on a shared location accessible from servers where databases are likely to be provisioned. Here is sample post deployment SQL script using transportable tablespaces.
  4. Using DBCA, create a template for the production database – all the init.ora parameters should be included. NOTE: DO NOT choose to bring tablespace data into this template as they will be created
  5. SSA Administrator should customize “Create Database Deployment Procedure” and provide DBCA template created in the previous step.
  6. In the “Additional Configuration Options” step of the flow, provide the name of the SQL script in the Custom Script section and lock the input. Continue saving the deployment procedure.
  7. Now, an SSA user can login to Self Service Portal and use the flow to provision a database that will also populate the data using the post deployment step.

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Thursday Aug 30, 2012

Oracle collaborates with leading IT vendors on Cloud Management Standards

During the last couple of days, two key specifications for cloud management standards have been announced. Oracle collaborated with leading technology vendors from the IT industry on both of these cloud management specifications. One of the specifications focuses "Infrastructure as a Service" ( IaaS )  cloud service model , while the other specification announced today focuses on "Platform as a Service" ( PaaS ) cloud service model. Please see The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing to learn more about IaaS and PaaS .

Earlier today Oracle , CloudBees, Cloudsoft, Huawei, Rackspace, Red Hat, and Software AG   announced the Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP) specification that will be submitted to Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for development of an industry standard, in an effort to help ensure interoperability for deploying and managing applications across cloud environments.

 Typical PaaS architecture - Source : CAMP specification

The CAMP specification defines the artifacts and APIs that need to be offered by a PaaS cloud to manage the building, running, administration, monitoring and patching of applications in the cloud. Its purpose is to enable interoperability among self-service interfaces to PaaS clouds by defining artifacts and formats that can be used with any conforming cloud and enable independent vendors to create tools and services that interact with any conforming cloud using the defined interfaces. Cloud vendors can use these interfaces to develop new PaaS offerings that will interact with independently developed tools and components.

In a separate cloud standards announcement yesterday, the Distributed Management Task Force ( DMTF ), the organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, released the new Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI) specification. Oracle collaborated with various technology vendors and industry organizations on this specification.

CIMI standardizes interactions between cloud environments to achieve interoperable cloud infrastructure management between service providers and their consumers and developers, enabling users to manage their cloud infrastructure use easily and without complexity. DMTF developed CIMI as a self-service interface for infrastructure clouds ( IaaS focus ) , allowing users to dynamically provision, configure and administer their cloud usage with a high-level interface that greatly simplifies cloud systems management.

Mark Carlson, Principal Cloud Strategist at Oracle provides more details about CAMP  and CIMI his blog .

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Friday Aug 24, 2012

Managing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c now comes out-of-the-box  with the latest release of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0.1 software. It allows Customer to manage and monitor all components inside the Exalogic rack, including provisioning and management of physical and virtualized server. Ops Center will allow Customers to easily get started with creating and managing Private Clouds using the Exalogic components.

Here is a snaphot of the Assets view showing the managable components of a Quarter Rack with 8 Compute Nodes:

A colleague has recently posted an interesting series of "Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets" which will guide you through the initial steps to get started with setting up your Exalogic environment:

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Creating Cloud Users
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea1

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Creating Networks
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea2

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Allocating Static IP Addresses
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea3

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Creating Accounts
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea4

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Importing Public Server Template
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea5

Have fun reading these very useful postings !

Dr. Jürgen Fleischer , Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Engineering

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Monday Aug 20, 2012

Oracle's Jointly Developed x86 Servers and System Management Software

Earlier this year, Oracle launched its latest x86 servers with the M3 generational refresh. In this video listen to David Simmons, Sr. Director, Oracle Servers Marketing talk about Oracle's latest x86 servers and Steve Wilson, VP, Oracle Systems management software, talk about Oracle's Systems management solution that manages the servers as well as entire IT stack from application software to storage disks.

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Thursday Aug 02, 2012

Oracle Cloud Builder Summit—Your Fast Track to the Enterprise Private Cloud


Remember Felix and Ed from the Enterprise Manager video series ?

They are now coming to a city near you, as part of the Oracle Cloud Builder Summit starting August 3, 2012, to show you how to build—in only two hours—an enterprise cloud environment.

Watch as we introduce you to Vulcan International, a fast-growth company that’s taking the world by storm, delivering new innovate products to the market faster than their competition. Vulcan’s CIO, Felix Drummond, facing a challenge when the CMO informs him that a new product, which will be launched early next week, is expecting a much higher than anticipated demand and the CMO wants IT to prepare for 25x more customer activations.

At the heart of it all is Ed Muntz, Vulcan’s intrepid cloud architect. Ed rises up to the impossible challenge and leads the company’s transformation to the cloud using the latest solutions from Oracle—including, Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager, as well as Oracle’s full range of engineered systems.

At this event, we'll show you how to:

  • Build and operate clouds
  • Efficiently consolidate onto shared, scalable cloud platforms and infrastructure
  • Secure and integrate clouds

This content-rich event will feature multiple demonstrations. You’ll learn how to fast-track your applications to the cloud with Oracle, and support every aspect of planning, deploying, monitoring, and managing enterprise clouds.

Click on the banner below to learn about the nearest city where you could attend the event.

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Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

My Favourite Features of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c - Today’s topic: Incident Management

Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (EM12c) is a huge release, both in terms of its adoption rate (that is, its uptake in the market) and the amount of functionality included in the product. For those of us that have been around for a long time, it’s very reminiscent of the massive functionality leap from Oracle RDBMS version 6 to version 7 – a quantum leap that makes it difficult to even grasp the breadth of the product now.

To try and make the new features a bit more understandable, I’ll be writing a number of blog entries over the coming months to highlight just some of my favourite new features for EM12c. From an administrator’s perspective, one of those standout features (and the subject of today’s entry) has to be incident management.

The goal of incident management is to enable administrators to monitor and resolve service disruptions that may be occurring in their data centre as quickly and efficiently as possible. Instead of managing the numerous discrete individual events that may be raised as the result of any of these service disruptions, we want to manage a smaller number of more meaningful incidents, and to manage them based on business priority across the lifecycle of those incidents.

To do this, Enterprise Manager now provides a centralized incident console called Incident Manager that will enable the administrator to track, diagnose, and resolve incidents, as well as providing features to help rectify the root causes of recurrent incidents. Incident Manager also directly leverages Oracle’s own expertise via My Oracle Support knowledge base articles and documentation to enable administrators to accelerate the process of diagnosing and resolving incidents and problems. Finally, Incident Manager also offers the ability to do lifecycle operations for incidents, so you can assign ownership of an incident to a specific user, acknowledge an incident, set priority for an incident, track an incident’s status, escalate an incident or suppress it so you can defer it to a later time. You can also raise notifications on an incident or open a helpdesk ticket via the helpdesk connectors.

Events

Enterprise Manager continues to be the primary tool for managing and monitoring the Oracle data center, so it manages and monitors Oracle applications as well as the application stack from presentation layer to middleware, databases to hosts and the operating system, as well as non-Oracle technology. When Enterprise Manager detects issues in any of this infrastructure, it raises events. Sample events might be:

1. Metric alerts (for example, CPU utilization or tablespace usage alerts) where a critical threshold you set has been crossed

2. Job events – events are raised by the job system for job statuses that you specify, for example an event is raised to signal the failure of a job.

3. Standards violations – if you are using compliance standards and any of the targets that are being monitored violate any of the compliance standards, then a standards violation event could be raised.

4. Availability events – if a target is down and Enterprise Manager detects that, an availability event that the target is down can be raised

5. Other events – there are other types of events that occur as well

All these events signal particular issues have occurred in the managed data centre. As an administrator, you really want to be able to determine which of these events are significant. From these significant events, you then want to be able to correlate discrete events that are related to the same underlying issue, so you in fact have to manage a smaller number of significant incidents.

Incidents

An incident could then be defined as an object containing a significant event (such as a target being down, for example) or it could be a combination of events that all relate to the same issue (for example, running out of space could be detected by Enterprise Manager as separate events raised from the database, host and storage target types). For example, you may have a performance incident that amalgamates a number of performance events, another incident related to space, and a different incident based on availability problems.

Sound good? OK, so how do we do this? Well, events are significant occurrences in your IT infrastructure and that Enterprise Manager detects and raises. Each event has a set of attributes– what type of event it is, the severity (fatal, critical and so on), the object or entity on which the event is raised (typically a target but it can also be a job or some other object), the message associated with the event, the timestamp at which it occurred, as well as the functional category (such as availability, security etc.)

Some examples of the different types of events include:

· Target availability: raised when a target is down or has gone into an agent unreachable state.

· Metric alert: raised when a metric crosses its threshold.

· Job status change: raised, for example, when a job fails.

· Compliance standard rule: raised when a compliance standard rule is violated.

· Metric evaluation: raised when there is an error with the evaluation of a metric.

· Other events such as SLA Alert, High Availability and Compliance Standard Score violation can also be raised, and of course, users can cause an event to be raised.

Associated with these event types are event severities. The first of these, “Fatal”, is a new severity level in Enterprise Manager specifically associated with the target availability event type for when the target is down. Critical and warning events have the same meaning as they had in previous releases, and then we have the Advisory level. Typically, this is associated with non-service-impacting events such as compliance standard violation events. The informational level is an event severity used to indicate simply that an event has occurred, but there is no need to do anything about it.

As we discussed previously, an actual incident will contain one or more events. Let’s look at the details of an incident with one event. For example, Figure 1 shows us an availability event:

Figure 1: Incident with one event

The event signals that the database DB1 is down and includes a timestamp of when the event was raised. Because this is a target availability event and the database is down, the severity is marked as Fatal. An incident can be created for that event, so the incident contains only one event. In order to manage and track the resolution of the incident, the incident has other attributes such as owner (the Enterprise Manager user that is working on the incident), status, incident severity (which is based on the event severity), priority and a comment field.

Many incidents will instead contain multiple events, where those events are related and pointed to the same underlying cause. In the example shown in Figure 2, we have two metric alert events on a host target -- a memory utilization metric alert event and a CPU utilization metric alert event because the host is starting to suffer from heavy load. We have a warning severity memory utilization metric alert event, and a short time later a critical severity CPU utilization metric alert event.


Figure 2: Incident with multiple events

An incident can be created containing both events in order to manage and track the resolution of the incident. In the current release, the administrator needs to manually combine events into an incident in the Enterprise Manager console (the automatic grouping of related events into an incident is a future enhancement). Again, we have additional attributes associated with the incident like we had in the previous example. Enterprise Manager automatically assigns the incident severity, based on the worst case event severity of all the events contained in the incident. Since the worst event severity is Critical, the incident severity is also set to Critical. Finally, the incident has a summary which is a short description of what the incident is about. The individual events are indicating the machine load is high so you can set the summary to that. Alternatively, you can set the incident summary to be the same as the event messages.

If you are using one of the helpdesk connectors to interface to a helpdesk system, an incident might also result in a helpdesk ticket which can allow the helpdesk analyst to work on the ticket. Within Enterprise Manager, we’ll be able to track both the ticket number and the status of that particular ticket.

Problems

A problem is the underlying root cause of an incident. In Enterprise Manager terms, a problem is specifically related to either an Automatic Diagnostic Repository (ADR) incident or Oracle software incident. Enterprise Manager will automatically create a problem whenever it detects an ADR incident has been raised. An ADR incident can be thought of as a critical Oracle software problem where the resolution of the software problem typically involves contacting Oracle Support, opening a service request and possibly receiving a patch for that problem.

Whenever an ADR incident is raised, we generate one incident in Enterprise Manager for that ADR incident, and we also automatically generate a problem as well. All the ADR incidents that have the same problem signature (that is, the same root cause) will be linked into a single problem object. The administrator can manage the problem in Incident Manager in the same way as you would manage an incident, so you can assign an owner to the problem, track the resolution and so on. In addition, there are in-context links to Support Workbench functionality which allows the administrator to package the diagnostic material, open a service request and view the status of diagnostic activity such as the SR number and ultimately bug number (if one is generated) within the user interface.

Figure 3 shows a diagrammatic example of how incidents and problems are related. Two ADR incidents have occurred, in this example two ORA-600 errors have occurred in my database. Both of these incidents are of critical severity. Enterprise Manager automatically creates a problem containing those incidents. Within the Incident Manager interface you can link to the Support Workbench to open a service request which you can then track from Incident Manager.

Figure 3: Incidents and problems

So now you have an understanding of the terminology and relationships between these terms, what’s next? Well, the next thing to understand is just how you deal with these incidents. That will be the topic of my next blog, so stay tuned for more!

Contributed by Pete Sharman , Principal Product Manager, Oracle Enterprise Manager

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Monday Jul 23, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Update 1 - Additional Information and Best Practices

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Update 1 was released earlier this month. Eran Steiner , Technical Architect, Oracle Enterprise Manager, adds some additional information and best practices about upgrading to Ops Center 12c Update 1 in this blog.

Eran hosted a call to provide an overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Update 1 and answer any questions.The recording of this call is available here and the presentation can be downloaded here.

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Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Online Launch Event on July 25 : Introducing Oracle ExaLogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0

I would like to bring your attention to the online launch event on July 25 to introduce Oracle ExaLogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0 . One of the focus areas of the upcoming ExaLogic release is enhanced manageability with Oracle Enterprise Manager .

Please join Oracle executives Hasan Rizvi, Cliff Godwin, Steve Wilson, Wim Coekaerts and Mohamad Afshar on July 25 for the launch of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. Oracle’s latest release of hardware and software is engineered to work together to run your business applications.

Learn how Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0 can help your company:

  • Close business up to 10x faster
  • Protect sensitive data with complete application isolation
  • Rapidly respond to market needs by provisioning applications 6x faster
  • Maximize availability and productivity with 2x faster troubleshooting

The interactive launch event will feature a panel discussion with Oracle executives and customer testimonials.Register now.

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Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

Oracle support note for Leap Second Hang problem that may result into 100% CPU utilization in Linux environment

On or around July 1, 2012, Oracle has become aware of an issue on Linux distributions resulting from the introduction of the leap second; this is causing problems for some customers.  Leap seconds may be introduced at the end of June or December in a calendar year, like 2012, as necessary to maintain time standards. Servers hosting Oracle products which are clients of an NTP server (Network Time Protocol) may be particularly susceptible to this issue as the NTP server is updated.

Linux distributions which may be affected include Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Asianux 2 and 3, based on RHEL 4 and 5, may also be affected. One report of correction to high agent CPU using Note 1472421.1 on SLES11 has also been reported.

Not all customers will be affected, but those, who are affected, may observe higher than normal CPU consumption on their Linux environments where JVM's are utilized.  In Oracle Enterprise Manager ( EM ) , this problem can manifest itself as high CPU consumption with the EM Agent process (which runs on a JVM in EM 12c, for instance).  It is possible that the OMS is also affected.

We would advise customers to review the description of this problem in MOS Note 1472651.1 and take action if they observe that their environment is affected.

Contributed by Andrew Bulloch , Director, Application Systems Management Products

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Friday Jun 01, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Contributing to emerging Cloud standards

Contributed by Tony Di Cenzo, Director for Standards Strategy and Architecture, and Mark Carlson, Principal Cloud Architect, for Oracle's Systems Management and Storage Products Groups .

As one would expect of an industry leader, Oracle's participation in industry standards bodies is extensive. We participate in dozens of organizations that produce open standards which apply to our products, and our commitment to the success of these organizations is manifest in several way - we support them financially through our memberships; our senior engineers are active participants, often serving in leadership positions on boards, technical working groups and committees; and when it makes good business sense we contribute our intellectual property. We believe supporting the development of open standards is fundamental to Oracle meeting customer demands for product choice, seamless interoperability, and lowering the cost of ownership.

Nowhere is this truer than in the area of cloud standards, and for the most recent release of our flagship management product, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (EM Cloud Control 12c).

There is a fundamental rule that standards follow architecture. This was true of distributed computing, it was true of service-oriented architecture (SOA), and it's true of cloud. If you are familiar with Enterprise Manager it is likely to be no surprise that EM Cloud Control 12c is a source of technology that can be considered for adoption within cloud management standards. The reason, quite simply, is that the Oracle integrated stack architecture aligns with the cloud architecture models being adopted by the industry, and EM Cloud Control 12c has been developed to manage this architecture. EM Cloud Control 12c has facilities for managing the various underlying capabilities of the integrated stack in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds, and enables essential characteristics such as on-demand self-service provisioning, centralized policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback, and capacity planning, and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environment from applications to disk.

Our most recent contribution in support of cloud management standards to come out of the EM Cloud Control 12c work was the Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API. Oracle contributed the Elemental Resource Model API to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) in 2011 where it was assigned to DMTF's Cloud Management Working Group (CMWG). The CMWG is considering the Oracle specification and those of several other vendors in their effort to produce a best practices specification for managing IaaS clouds. DMTF's Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface specification, called CIMI for short, is currently out for public review and expected to be released by DMTF later this year. We are proud to be playing an important role in the development of what is expected to become a major cloud standard.

You can find more information on DMTF CIMI at http://dmtf.org/standards/cloud. You can find the work-in-progress release of CIMI at http://dmtf.org/content/cimi-work-progress-specifications-now-available-public-comment . The Oracle Cloud API specification is available on the Oracle Technology Network. You can find more information about the Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API on the Oracle Technical Network (OTN), including a webcast featuring the API engineering manager Jack Yu (see TechCast Live: Inside the Oracle Cloud Resource Model API). If you have not seen this video we recommend you take the time to view it. Simply hover your cursor over the webcast title and control+click to follow the embedded link.

If you have a question about the Oracle Cloud API or want to learn more about Oracle's participation in cloud management standards efforts drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you.

The Enterprise Manager Standards Blogs are written by Tony Di Cenzo, Director for Standards Strategy and Architecture, and Mark Carlson, Principal Cloud Architect, for Oracle's Systems Management and Storage Products Groups. They can be reached at Tony.DiCenzo at Oracle.com and Mark.Carlson at Oracle.com respectively.

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Monday Apr 30, 2012

Epsilon Gains Efficiency with Oracle Enterprise Manager

With Oracle Enterprise Manager, Epsilon has streamlined IT administration, monitoring, and engineered systems maintenance. Having gained in operational efficiencies, Epsilon is now providing greater efficiencies to its customers.

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Oracle delivers keynote and many sessions as Platinum Plus sponsor of Cloud Expo East 2012, NY

Recent IDC research shows that worldwide spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching $44.2 billion by 2013. And a recent Gartner report predicts that the volume of enterprise data overall will increase by a phenomenal 650% over the next five years.

These two unstoppable enterprise IT trends, Cloud Computing and Big Data, will converge in New York at 10th Cloud Expo – being held June 11 - 14, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center In New York City.

Oracle is a Platinum Plus sponsor for 10th Cloud Expo. Oracle will be delivering a keynote , a general session and various other cloud sessions at the event.  Here is an overview of Oracle sessions at the event :


Mohamad Afshar, VP Product Management


Focus Lunch Keynote | A Pragmatic Journey to the Cloud

As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, organizations must have a strategy and roadmap for moving to the cloud. Faced with different options including building a private cloud, subscribing to public clouds, or leveraging a hybrid cloud, organizations need a rational and pragmatic approach. This session explores the emerging trends in cloud computing and offers best practices for how organizations can successfully navigate a journey to the cloud. 


Sandeep Banerjie, Sr. Director of Product Management, Oracle Public Cloud 

General Session | Oracle Public Cloud - An Enterprise Cloud for Business-Critical Applications

For enterprise class cloud services, companies need a broad, comprehensive and flexible platform for their applications. The Oracle Public Cloud, which offers a broad set of best-in-class, integrated services that are secure, elastic, and 100% open standards-based, offering organizations choice in development and deployment of business critical applications. Attend this General Session to learn about how these subscription-based services can speed your application development and deployment time, offer the flexibility of application portability, and the ease with which you can access, use, and manage them. 


Anand Akela, Sr. Principal Product Director, Oracle Enterprise Manager

Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Deployment and Gain Total Cloud Control
Track: Moving to the Cloud in Practice

According to a 2011 survey by the Independent Oracle User Group, over 50% of Oracle’s customers have deployed or are considering deploying private clouds. Most private clouds today support non-production workloads because enterprises are unable to deploy mission-critical applications in their private cloud. In this session, you will learn how the same Oracle technology that powers the Oracle Public Cloud enables you to deploy mission-critical applications in your cloud.

Jean-Pierre Dijc,   Sr. Principal Product Manager

Integrating Big Data into Your Data Center: A Big Data Reference Architecture
Track: Big Data Techniques & Technologies

Weblogs, social media, smart meters, sensors and other devices generate high volumes of low density information that isn’t readily accessible in enterprise data warehouses and business intelligence applications today. But, this data can have relevant business value, especially when analyzed alongside traditional information sources. In this session we will outline a reference architecture for big data that will help you maximize the value of your big data implementation.


Adam Hawley, Sr. Director of Product Management, Oracle VM

Sahil Goel, Director Product Management

Borderless Applications in the Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder
Track: Cloud Storage Virtualization APIs

As virtualization adoption progresses beyond server consolidation, this is also transforming how enterprise applications are deployed and managed in an agile environment. The traditional method of business-critical application deployment where administrators have to contend with an array of unrelated tools, custom scripts to deploy and manage applications, OS and VM instances into a fast changing cloud computing environment can no longer scale effectively to achieve response time and desired efficiency.

Oracle VM and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder allow applications, associated components, deployment metadata, management policies and best practices to be encapsulated into ready-to-run VMs for rapid, repeatable deployment and ease of management. Join us in this Cloud Expo session to see how Oracle VM and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder allow you to deploy complex multi-tier applications in minutes and enables you to easily onboard existing applications to cloud environments. 


Ayalla Goldschmidt , Sr. Director, Fusion Middleware & Java Platform

Building a Private, Public, or Hybrid Cloud? Simplify Your Cloud with Oracle’s Complete Cloud Solution
Track: Cloud Action Points / Best Practices / Case Studies

Whatever your course, meet Cloud complexity head on with a unified approach to handle extreme performance, reliability, availability, and simplicity. In this session hear industry experts reveal the underpinnings for the Oracle Public Cloud as well as technology best-practices for developing private and hybrid cloud architectures using Oracle’s Engineered Systems together with Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle Fusion Middleware is a complete array of technologies enabling you to embrace the paradigm shift of Cloud computing and take full advantage of the cost savings and improved agility they promise. Together with Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata provide the world’s first and only integrated engineered system, which provide enterprises the best possible foundation for running enterprise applications with the performance, elasticity, reliability, and scale characteristics expected for cloud-based applications. 


Arun Gupta, Java Evangelist

The Java EE 7 Platform: Developing for the Cloud
Track: Hot Topics

This session introduces the Java EE 7 platform, the latest revision of the Java platform for the enterprise. The focus of Java EE 7 is on the cloud, and specifically it aims to bring Platform-as-a-Service providers and application developers together so that portable applications can be deployed on any cloud infrastructure and reap all its benefits in terms of scalability, elasticity, multitenancy, etc. The existing specifications in the platform such as JPA, Servlets, EJB, and others will be updated to meet these requirements. 


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Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

Demo Series : Gain Total Cloud Control of Systems with Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

Earlier this month, at Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c launch, we published a series of demos of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c  managing various Oracle solutions from applications to hardware . You could see all of those demos by clicking the graphic below.  Following the graphics below, I have a brief overview of an enterprise customer scenario and various demos highlighting the management of various systems .

Demo Series - Explore Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

A Step-by-Step Journey to Enterprise Clouds

A large global financial company serving millions of customers worldwide has decided to investigate a private cloud infrastructure. They have multiple business units and are located in multiple regions worldwide.

Their enterprise applications include Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle E-Business Suite Financials, and PeopleSoft HCM. They have recently added several Oracle Fusion Applications modules to enhance their CRM and HCM capabilities. Over time, they have also deployed a number of Java and web-based applications. They use Oracle Solaris/SPARC environments for their E-Business Suite applications. Their web servers, some of their application servers, and a number of the home grown applications run on Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle x86 servers. They have deployed Oracle virtualization solutions for x86 servers and SPARC.

This company is transitioning their IT to a private cloud environment to support the CEO’s new corporate strategy to increase operational efficiency by 10% while growing the top line by 30% in two years. The IT organization, led by their CIO, considered various options and concluded that achieving the CEO’s objectives would require them to transition their enterprise applications to the cloud, thereby creating real differentiation in how they service their customers. They reviewed several vendors and concluded that their private cloud solutions were adequate for small applications but too risky for enterprise applications. They decided to go with the an Oracle solution because only Oracle was able to demonstrate a proven solution to power enterprise applications while also leveraging SPARC and x86 virtualization for a complete cloud management solution.

They have already started to deploy Database-as-a-Service and Fusion Middleware-as-a-Service clouds using Oracle Enterprise Manger Self Service Application Portal. They plan to deploy Infrastructure-as-Service cloud based on both SPARC and x86 servers with Oracle virtualization solutions and manage them through Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. They have recently deployed many ExaData systems. They are starting to deploy ExaLogic and Super Clusters Engineered systems as well to accelerate performance and time to market.

Integrated Linux Management in the Cloud

Linux Management functionality is available as part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and is available to Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support customers at no cost. The solution provides an integrated and cost-effective solution for complete Linux server lifecycle management and delivers comprehensive provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration capabilities via a single, web-based user interface thus significantly reducing the complexity and cost associated with managing Linux operating system environments.

Using these rich Linux management features along with the complete Oracle Enterprise Manager product solution, the global financial company takes advantage of enterprise-scale service level management, automated change and configuration management, and comprehensive system and application performance management.

Integrated Lifecycle Management for Physical and Virtual Servers in the Cloud

Oracle VM offers server virtualization for both x86 and SPARC architectures that enable the deployment of agile cloud infrastructures. Virtualized server environments integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center allow you to easily create, deploy, clone virtual servers, and live migrate workloads while dynamically controlingcompute resources. Integrated lifecycle management of both physical & virtual servers with Ops Center simplifies the daily workflowneeded to control cloud infrastructures. This is one of the key reasons why this company decided power their private cloud with Oracle virtualization technologies.

Oracle Solaris 11 – The First Cloud OS

With its new and improved features, Oracle Solaris brings mission-critical enterprise class computing to cloud scale environments. These features include extremely agile, no overhead virtualization, simplified software lifecycle management, and built-in security across all layers. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center understands all these new technologies, and therefore is the perfect tool to manage Oracle Solaris deployments at data center and cloud scales.

Manage Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud

Deploying and managing mission critical applications in cloud are one of the key strategic interests of the enterprises. Oracle SPARC based Infrastructure-as-a-Service ( IaaS ) offers the scale, reliability, and performance needed for those mission critical applications. In this demo, you will learn about how to manage SPARC server platforms, which is the foundation of the enterprise cloud this global financial company wants to deploy The Oracle SPARC technologies offers an extreme thread count and memory density in a small and eco-friendly form factor. This company wanted to insure they could leverage their existing SPARC population with not excluding new growth into the T4 chassis models. They found Ops Center offered them complete coverage of where they were the most invested.

Private PaaS and IaaS Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager provides complete lifecycle management for cloud - from automated cloud setup, to delivery, to cloud operations. Learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c work together to provide an end-to-end solution to take you from zero to cloud in a day, whether the goal of your private cloud is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Managing DBaaS and MWaaS Cloud Services Delivery with Oracle Enterprise Manager

This demo showcases Engineered Systems Management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and Ops Center 12c. You can now manage all components of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, from databases to cell storage to network swicthes, from a single console. Similarly, you can now manage all aspects of Oracle Exalogic, including software and hardware, from a single console. Learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager is engineered systems-aware and provides insight into the performance, configuration and physical health of these highly performance machines.

Simplify Your Data Center with Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is the industry’s Best Foundation for Cloud. It is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and other enterprise applications. Exalogic offers fully integrated compute nodes, storage and networking, fully integrated ZFS network attached storage appliance with 40TB of SAS disk storage, QDR InfiniBand IO Fabric, with 40 Gb/second throughput and microsecond latencies, Data center service network integration with 10 GbE, Scalable, open standard grid architecture. That means less effort spent by you on putting the pieces together and more time spend on extending the business value of your applications.

Check out this demonstration to learn more about Exalogic and the right configuration that meets your needs.

Oracle Software Runs Best on Oracle Hardware

Oracle Enterprise Manager offers the right amount of information across the stack, breaking down isolated IT organizations and helps make a stronger connection between the business services and the server assets they utilize.

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Monday Apr 16, 2012

NEC Corporation demonstrated integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager at Oracle Open World, Japan

In my previous blogs, I talked about Steve Wilson announcing Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo, Japan on April 4th, 2012.


    In addition to this announcement during John Fowler's keynote, Steve also presented at Oracle Enterprise Manager general session where he covered the overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c , newly announced Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c and update on Oracle Partners solutions in Japan.


    One of the highlights of the Oracle Enterprise Manager general session was a demonstration by NEC Corporation.

      Uesaka-san (Toshifumi Uesaka)and Nema-san (Nobuyuki Nema) from NEC provided overview and demonstrated the integration of Oracle Enterprise Manager with their WebSam solution .

      NEC Event Connector integrates event information of Enterprise Manager into NEC WebSAM Solution enabling the WebSAM users to browse the event detail and recommendation from Oracle Enterprise Manager in just a click .

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      Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

      A new version of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Doctor (OCDoctor ) Utility released

      In February,  we posted a blog of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Doctor aka OCDoctor Utility. This utility assists in various stages of the Ops Center deployment and can be a real life saver. It is updated on a regular basis with additional knowledge (similar to an antivirus subscription) to help you identify and resolve known issues or suggest ways to improve performance.

      A new version ( Version 4.03 ) of the OCDoctor is now available . This new version adds full support for recently announced Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c including prerequisites checks, troubleshoot tests, log collection, tuning and product metadata updates. In addition, it adds several bug fixes and enhancements to OCDoctor Utility.

      To download OCDoctor for new installations:
      https://updates.oracle.com/OCDoctor/OCDoctor-latest.zip

      For existing installations, simply run:
      # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --update

      Tip : If you have Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center12c EC installed, your OCDoctor will automatically update overnight.

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      Tuesday Apr 03, 2012

      British Telecom Automates Cloud Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager

      British Telecom delivers scalable and reliable Cloud services using Oracle Enterprise Manager’s automated management capabilities.

      Don't miss the on Oracle Launch Webcast : Total Cloud Control for Systems on April 12th at 9 AM PST .

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      Monday Apr 02, 2012

      Total Cloud Control keeps getting better ! Oracle Launch Webcast : Total Cloud Control for Systems


      Total Cloud Control Keeps Getting Better

      Join Oracle Vice President of Systems Management Steve Wilson and a panel of Oracle executives to find out how your enterprise cloud can achieve 10x improved performance and 12x operational agility. Only Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c allows you to:

      • Accelerate mission-critical cloud deployment
      • Unleash the power of Solaris 11, the first cloud OS
      • Simplify Oracle engineered systems management

      You’ll also get a chance to have your questions answered by Oracle product experts and dive deeper into the technology by viewing our demos that trace the steps companies like yours take as they transition to a private cloud environment.

      Featured Speaker With a special announcement by:
      Steve Wilson

      Steve Wilson
      Vice President, Systems Management, Oracle
      John Fowler
      John Fowler
      Executive Vice President, Systems, Oracle
      Agenda

      9:00 a.m. PT Keynote: Total Cloud Control for Systems

      9:45 a.m. PT Panel Discussion with Oracle Hardware, Software, and Support Executives

      10:15 a.m. PT Demo Series: A Step-by-Step Journey to Enterprise Clouds



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      Thursday Mar 08, 2012

      Looking for an executive overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ?

      IT professionals are excited by the technical advantages of cloud computing, and Line of Business managers look to the cloud as a driver of business growth, efficiency, and productivity. By transforming IT into a business-centric provider of services that users can access from anywhere, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c helps you build a more agile, efficient, and  innovative enterprise.

      You can get an executive overview of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c in this recently published executive brief


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      Tuesday Mar 06, 2012

      How to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to patch your Solaris Systems ?

      Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center allows you to update your Solaris systems with patches available from My Oracle Support (MOS).

      Like always in life, there are multiple ways to perform a given task and the same is true for Ops Center.

      Juergen Fleischer, Senior IT/Product Architect , Oracle Enterprise manager Ops center provided the content for this blog to guide you through different ways to perform Oracle Solaris patching depending on deployment scenarios.

      Scenario 1 - Applying a single Patch to an Asset

      Let's start with installing just a single patch to a system. To perform this task you would select the OS Asset and pick the action 'View/Modify Catalog' from the right hand side Actions panel.

      From the pop-up screen, you can search for the patchid, see which revision is already installed and select a newer one if required.

      Here is a MOS how-to document describing this in all detail:
      https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390766.1


      Scenario 2 - Applying multiple patches to several systems

      If you have to apply a list of patches to multiple systems every now and then, creating an Update Profile would be the best method, as once you have created the Profile it can be used many times ensuring the exact same patches in the list are applied each and every time.

      Update Profiles are located in the 'Plan Management' section. Update Profiles can be used in two ways: either you select a single or a group of OS assets and pick the action 'New Update OS Job'. Or, you pick the Update Profile in the Plan Management section and select 'New Update OS Job'. The wizard will allow you to select one or more target assets or groups.

      Here is a MOS how-to with all the details:
      https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390769.1

      Scenario 3 - Regular Baseline Patching

      For regular Baseline Patching 'Update Profiles' can be based on given patchsets which are made available by the Ops Center Knowledge Base (KB).

      The KB offers two different patchsets, the monthly released Solaris Baselines (based on Oracle's internal EIS-DVD) and the current or archived versions of the "Recommended Patchset for Solaris". These are updated whenever a new critical patch gets released. Every quarter, one of these Recommended Patchsets for Solaris will be renamed as the 'Critical Patch Update' in line with standard Oracle practice. It's up to the Customer's patching policy and strategy to determine which patchsets should be used and how often they should be applied.

      Scenario 4 - Latest & Greatest patchset

      Finally, if required, Customers can select what is called "Latest & Greatest" patchset. These are all the latest available patches for all installed packages. To perform this task, use the 'Host Compliance Report' and tick the Security & Bug Fixes check box.

      More details can be found in this blog entry
      https://blogs.oracle.com/patch/entry/applying_the_latest_solaris_patches

      or in this MOS how-to document:
      https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390785.1


      So far, we have talked about various scenarios around applying a single patch or multiple patches.  These patches can be applied on a running system or by using LiveUpgrade (LU).  LU allows creating Alternate Boot Environment (ABE), Synchronizing boot environments, Patching the ABE and then Activating the ABE.
      For detailed examples and howto examples:

      https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390757.1
      https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390764.1


      Before using LiveUpgrade, please verify that the latest LU-Patch (sparc: 121430, x86: 121431) is  installed on the running system.

      Furthermore, when payching zones always make use of the parallel zone patching feature, independent if using LU or not. Following blog entry describes this very well :
      https://blogs.oracle.com/patch/entry/zones_parallel_patching_versus_update

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      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.

      Please share your feedback by providing your comments on this blog, using #em12c tag on twitter and other social media channel following the links below.


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      Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

      Solaris and SPARC virtualization management features of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center including "Live Migration"

      This blog provides a short history of how Oracle technology in the Solaris and SPARC world has progressed to where we are with the SPARC-T4 Server family and Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly Logical Domains).  The entry continues with observations of why these technologies are relevant to business and IT stakeholders, today.  And finally, how Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center is piquing customer interest in moving forward with Logical Domains, followed by a short demonstration of LDom Migration in action.
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