Cloud Management is Key Focus in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3

Introducing capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 is now available for download. 

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 also fully supports Oracle Database12c, including new multi-tenant capabilities.

The overall theme of the new release is to address the challenges created by the dynamic nature of managing clouds, which is further exacerbated by more workloads and growing numbers of users, Moe Fardoost, senior director of marketing for Oracle Enterprise Manager, tells 5 Minute Briefing.  The new release is aimed at helping customers deliver more value through cloud computing whether it is IT delivering services to their constituents or Oracle partners delivering public cloud services to their customers.

In particular, improvements have been made in terms of richer management for cloud and engineered systems, expanded middleware and application management capabilities, as well as enhancements to the partner ecosystem.

Enabling richer management for cloud and engineered systems, the new release provides Oracle Exadata Database Machine management with pre-created plans for resource management and new support for multi-rack configurations, as well as new management capabilities for Oracle Exalytics that support both virtual and physical deployments.

In addition, the consolidation planner tool has been extended to support Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, allowing customers to vet plans to consolidate their Java workloads on Oracle Exalogic using automated workflows. Consolidation is a key motivation in moving to the cloud, notes Fardoost. “We feel this is a major productivity enhancement for administrators.”

The chargeback capability which customers also use for showback, says Fardoost, has been extended as well to support custom metrics, enabling better accountability and resource planning.

In other enhancements, the enhanced management console allows for managing Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle GlassFish Server and Oracle Tuxedo from a single pane. By taking advantage of a common platform for performance management, process control and configuration management, administrators can reduce the time and effort in managing rich, large scale Oracle Fusion Middleware environments.

Moreover, Application Replay’s application testing and diagnostics capability now includes comprehensive performance analysis of user sessions to support testers and people who are trying to find the root cause of a problem. “It enables you to replay a scenario that happened in a real workload,” says Fardoost, noting it represents a significant productivity gain for administrators who just cannot find the root cause of an issue.

Further supporting partners, the Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange now offers a catalog of over 125 Enterprise Manager extensions, including Plug-Ins and Management Connectors.More than 600 Oracle System Integrator and Reseller partners have now reached Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized status for Oracle Enterprise Manager.  “From this community come the plug-ins and connectors that really help Enterprise Manager enrich its environment for managing all kinds of things,” says Fardoost. “We provide this platform so that we, our customers and our partners can incrementally add capabilities. It is very important to enable and nurture.”

More information is available about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.