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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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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