Monday Oct 18, 2010

Converged Hardware Management

Check out this video teaser for the new release of Ops Center we're preparing...

Tuesday Sep 07, 2010

Here Comes Oracle OpenWorld!

It's hard to believe that Oracle OpenWorld is almost here.  This will be my first year attending as an Oracle employee -- last year I was still Sun. Preparations are in full swing, and we'll be doing a lot.  The Enterprise Manager team has literally dozens of sessions and demo pods, but I wanted to call your attention to some of the things we'll be doing for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and Oracle Grid Engine.

First for Grid Engine, now formally called Oracle Grid Engine, we have the following activities:

S316977: Scalable Enterprise Data Processing for the Cloud with Oracle Grid Engine
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Tom White (Cloudera)
Thursday 23-Sep-10 12:00-13:00 Moscone South Rm 310

S317230: Who's Using Your Grid? What's on Your Grid? How to Get More
Dan Templeton, Dave Teszler, Zeynep Koch
Tuesday 21-Sep-10 17:00-18:00 Moscone South Rm 305

Also, if you're a developer attending JavaOne you can get hands on with Grid Engine in the following labs

S314413: Extracting Real Value from Your Data with Apache Hadoop
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Aaron Kimball (Cloudera), Michal Bachorik (Oracle)
Wednesday 22-Sep-10 12:30-14:30 Hilton San Francisco Plaza B

S314233: Scale Your Java Service into the Cloud
Dan Templeton, Michal Bachorik
Time and date are still To Be Announced on this session (watch this space)

Now, if you're interested in Ops Center, we have lots going on too.

First, we have two "pods" in the demo grounds area where we'll be showing Ops Center. These are both in the "west" part of Moscone center and you'll be able to talk live with engineers from the team there and get your questions answered in detail.

  • Booth W-107  Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Booth W-094  Hardware, Software...Managed 

Also, we have a bunch of sessions you can attend where we'll be covering Ops Center.  Here are some good ones:

S316976 : Mission Accomplished: Virtualization powered by Oracle Enterprise Manager
Sudip Datta and others
Monday, September 20, 2010 5:00pm  Moscone South/Rm 305

S316975 :  Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center for OS and Hardware Management
Steve Wilson, Mike Barrett
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:00pm  Moscone South/Rm 270

S317552: Managing Sun SPARC Servers with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
Gary Combs, Mike Barrett
Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:30AM Moscone South/Rm 252 

Also, we have one hands on lab where you'll be able to actually walk through using some of the main Ops Center features with a live instructor.

S318957 The Future of Datacenter Management: A View of an "Apps to Disk" Solution
Steve Stelting, Mike Barrett
Monday, September 20, 2010 2:00pm  Marriott Marquis/Nob Hll AB  

Now, the most exciting part of Oracle OpenWorld is that we'll be showing the new, forthcoming version of Ops center for the first time.  See below for a sneak peek (click on image to enlarge). 

I'm looking forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld! 

Tuesday Jun 29, 2010

Oracle x86 Server Launch

Yesterday Oracle announced a major refresh of the Sun x86 server line.  I got a chance to participate in the launch and discuss how Enterprise Manager, and specifically Ops Center, fit into the story and make Sun's x86 servers the best choice for enterprise computing.  Click on the picture below to go to an on-demand version of the launch webcast.  You can watch the whole thing, or my section starts around minute 17 of the stream.

Monday Jun 21, 2010

Oracle and IDC Webcast on Datacenter Ops

Tuesday June 22 at 9am pacific I'll be doing a live webcast with Mary Johnston Turner of IDC on Top Requirements for Data Center Automation.  If you want to find out more then click on the link and join us!

Sunday May 02, 2010

Ops Center Webcast on OTN

Wednesday Apr 07, 2010

Ops Center 2.5 Update 3 Released

I'm pleased to announce that today Ops Center 2.5 update 3 is being released!  For those of you who are Ops Center users, you'll see the update become available in your console sometime today for an automatic upgrade (which can automatically upgrade the Enterprise Controller, Proxy and Agent tiers for you at your command).

 Good stuff in update 3 includes:

  • Substantial performance increases!  In fact, the performance team tells me they think it's now possible to effectively support more than 2x the number of managed operating systems under a single Enterprise Controller with good performance.
  • Support for IPMP networking with the Solaris Container management.  This allows for the creation and management of zones with full network redundancy.
  • Over 50 bug fixes

Oh, and last, but not least, when you run the upgrade you'll find that Sun Ops Center has turned into Oracle Enterprise Ops Center.   All the functionality is the same, but the headers, banners and logos have all changed.  Don't be alarmed!  Here's a preview pic of what you'll see.

Happy Virtualizing!

Thursday Apr 01, 2010

What Does Iron Man use for Cloud Computing?

It seems that Oracle and Stark Industries have hooked up in a strategic partnership.  I wonder who has more cool toys, Larry or Tony?  Tough to say.  Check out the video embedded below.

You can click here to read about how Oracle and Stark are hooking up on Cloud Computing.  Do you want to know more about Oracle's strategy for Cloud Computing?  Be sure to come to the Enterprise Manager 11g launch this month in NYC.  You can find out if Tony Stark really uses Ops Center to power his virtualized SPARC cloud computing infrastructure!

Is it wrong that I think it's so cool that I work for a company that would run this kind of marketing campaign?  I hope not, because I do think it's cool!  I can't wait to see the movie.  I loved the first one.

Monday Mar 15, 2010

Managing Application to Disk

Software. Hardware. Complete.  For the Oracle Enterprise Manager team, this is more than a mere slogan.  It's become a mantra and central focus.  In no part of the combined Oracle+Sun portfolio are the effects of this acquisition being felt faster than in the management stack.  A central focus for us is to ensure that customers have a single, integrated, powerful set of tools that manage the combination of Oracle's infrastructure and application software with Sun's OS and hardware.

To that end, today we're announcing Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center.  This tool is the newest member of the Enterprise Manager family and provides powerful management features for Systems Administrators and IT Operations.  Functions include:

  • Hardware management (agentless monitoring, control of Lights Out Management units)
  • Firmware provisioning and compliance checking
  • Operating Systems bare-metal provisioning for Solaris and Linux
  • World-class patching/updating functionality for Solaris, Linux and Windows
  • Unmatched management of Solaris virtualization technologies such as Containers/Zones and Logical Domains
  • And much more...

Of course, what we're introducing today goes beyond a mere re-skinning of Sun Ops Center.  The promise is to offer real integration, and now we're delivering on the first phase in that roadmap by introducing the Oracle Management Connector for Ops Center.  This software allows customers to connect an instance of Ops Center to an instance of Oracle Enterprise Manager's grid control server and connect the event streams of the two products, allowing for new levels of visibility into the customer's systems when using the combination of Oracle and Sun technology.

The screenshot below (click to enlarge) shows an example of what's possible.  It's shows a view from inside Enterprise Manager's grid control UI.  Under the Alerts part of the view, you see two alert messages.  One is a warning about File Systems space that's generated by grid control.  However, what's new is the warning about the ambient temperature of the server exceeding a safe threshold (variable T_AMB which is pulled from the Sun ILOM processor by Ops Center).  This is all now combined into a single event stream that can give a DBA new insights into how the hardware on which their DB is hosted is performing. 

This is only the beginning.  Expect to see much more from us on deeper integration between Ops Center into Entperise Manager over the coming months.  Watch this space for more details.

Friday Mar 05, 2010

Sneak Peak: Expanding Enterprise Manager

Last October at OpenWorld we demonstrated something we called the "Ops Center to Enterprise Manager Bridge". It got people really excited. It enabled customers who are using both EM and OC to link the products together. If you have EM and OC in your shop already, check this out and let us know what you think....and keep watching this space...

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Grid Engine: The World's First Cloud-aware Distributed Resource Manager

Sun has just released a new version of Grid Engine.  Grid Engine is a market leading product in the Distributed Resource Management space, but this new release really brings the product to the next level.  Specifically, it brings it up into the cloud!

So, what's so exciting about this release?  There are a number of things, but I'll focus on two.  First, Dynamic resource reallocation, including the ability to use on-demand resources from Amazon EC2.  Second is deep integration with Apache Hadoop -- one of the most popular workloads in the cloud today.

A new feature in Grid Engine allows you to manage resources across logical clusters (or even clouds).  This could be two collections of systems inside a corporation, or can include non-local cloud resources (such as EC2).  Why would you want to do this?  Let's look at a scenario.

Many auto companies use Grid Engine to coordinate the resources on the Grid/Cluster/Cloud they use for mechanical design and simulation.  Users across the company submit jobs (e.g. a crash simulation) and Grid Engine queues them and dispatches them based on priority and policy.  However, what happens when your submissions start to outpace the ability of your systems to keep up?  In the traditional model, you'd have to buy new hardware and add it to your Grid/Cluster/Cloud.  With the Grid Engine you can now configure rules that allow you to "cloud burst" these workloads out to another cloud.  With Amazon EC2 specifically, you pre-configure a set of AMI images on EC2 that have your application software and register them with Grid Engine.  You also give Grid Engine the credentials to manage your EC2 account.  Then, based on your policy, Grid Engine will:

  • Fire up new EC2 instances on demand (using your supplied AMIs)
  • Automatically set up a secure VPN network tunnel between your network and your EC2 instances
  • Join them to the Grid Engine cluster
  • Dispatch work to them
  • Take them back down once demand has subsided

It's a great example of on-demand resource management, and it has the potential to save customers real money in avoiding over-provisioning their internal clouds.

The next thing that's really exciting is Grid Engine's new integration with Hadoop.  Hadoop is a popular open-source implementation of Map-Reduce.  Map-Reduce is the fundamental building block that power's the internal clouds at Yahoo and Google, and it's commonly used as a way to enable applications that can process huge collections of data.

While Hadoop has seen a large amount of deployment in the web space (at companies like Facebook and others) it's only starting to see adoption in the Enterprise.  This new Grid Engine release can help change that.  Grid Engine is now a key ingredient to make Hadoop enterprise ready.  At a technical level, Hadoop applications can now be submitted to Grid Engine, just like any other kind of parallel computation job.  This means you can now more easily share a single set of physical resources between Hadoop and other tradition applications (financial risk modeling, crash simulations, weather prediction, batch processing -- you name it).  That means reduced cost to the customer.  Beyond that, Grid Engine now has a deep understanding of Hadoop's global file systems (HDFS), which means that Grid Engine can send work to the right part of the cluster (where the data lives locally) to make it ultra-efficient -- even when sharing.  And lastly, Grid Engine has a mature usage accounting and billing feature (ARCo) built-in.  That means you can now track and (internally) charge back for Hadoop jobs -- giving IT a real way to interact with the business.

There's a lot more to this release and you can read all about it over at Dan Templeton's blog, so I won't try to go into all the details.  Let it suffice to say that I'm really excited about this release.  Grid Engine has a future that makes it an increasingly important part of the infrastructure for Cloud Computing going forward.

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