Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5. Details were shared in a Oracle blog post by Mughees Minhas, Vice President of Product Management, Enterprise and Cloud Management, Oracle.
Oracle Enterprise Manager is a systems management tool that provides an integrated solution for managing heterogeneous environments. It combines a graphical console, agents, common services, and tools to provide an integrated and comprehensive systems management platform for managing Oracle products.
“This release has been in the works for over a year and represents major advancements in automating the monitoring and management of Oracle environments,” Minhas wrote. “Oracle Enterprise Manager is our flagship management product for the Oracle stack. Tens of thousands of customers rely on Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) every day for their business and mission-critical applications. Many customers and partners have offered support for this release, some of whom have provided quotes which I’m happy to share below. Many of our customers use EM because of its core capabilities that cannot be found in any other technology to manage Oracle infrastructure across various deployment models.
Key Improvements in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5
With this new version of Enterprise Manager, Minhas said, users can manage targets running anywhere, on-premises or in the cloud. Without the need to learn or deploy new tools. Existing best practices, scripts, and tasks can be applied to cloud resources just like on-premises resources. Specifically, for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) resources, EM understands cloud-native APIs for management operations and leverages them to provide a seamless experience.
For organizations using or planning to use Oracle Cloud Databases such as Autonomous Database, Exadata Cloud Service, or Exadata Cloud@Customer, they can comprehensively manage them with EM.
Additionally, EM Hybrid Database-as-a-Service now supports on-premises and OCI self-service provisioning (VM, Baremetal, Exadata Cloud Service and Exadata Cloud@Customer) and provides self-service governance tools for efficient use of cloud resources. .
Database Migration Workbench provides a comprehensive platform to help DBAs move on-premises and OCI databases. This lab helps you plan the migration, performs due diligence to ensure the migration can occur successfully, and then selects the best data movement technology (e.g., Data Pump, RMAN, etc.) based on the Source and target choices, such as database versions and database type, and then execute the actual migration plan. After the migration, it uses the SQL Performance Analyzer feature to ensure that your workload on the migrated platform will run smoothly. If performance regressions are detected, it notifies you of them so you can take proactive action before opening the database to end users.
Another new feature introduced in the new release is the OCI Bridge, which can be thought of as a connection from EM to Oracle Cloud. According to Minhas, the bridge is used to copy data from the EM repository and the targets it manages to the designated OCI object store, where it is accessible by OCI services such as Logging Analytics and Operations Insights. These cloud services provide in-depth analysis and identify data patterns that can help prevent outages and improve application and database performance, regardless of where databases are deployed.
Oracle also offers additional new features in this release, Minhas said:
- Intelligent event compression automatically consolidates multiple separate but related events into a single incident. For example, when a host goes down, the resulting availability events on the host and all targets on that host will automatically be compressed into a single incident. Working with a smaller set of actionable incidents allows operations teams to better triage, respond, and manage incidents.
- Dynamic Runbooks accelerate incident resolution by encapsulating subject matter expertise for incident diagnosis and resolution into actionable runbook procedures in EM. In this release, these teams can create these runbook procedures directly in EM. This allows teams to encapsulate in EM their operational expertise in the diagnosis and resolution of incidents. When an incident is reported, IT operations teams have easy access to the appropriate runbook and can quickly perform specified procedures. These procedures can dynamically invoke metric graphs or execute an SQL or OS command, promoting more consistent and faster incident response times, and reducing overall mean time to recovery (MTTR).
- In the area of performance management, there is also a new feature called automatic workload analysis. With this feature, EM continuously compares the current database performance with the benchmark workload, and any deviations from this benchmark are highlighted on the database home page.
- Fixing near-zero downtime is a new feature in this release. With the monthly update (RU) pattern of EM 13.4, it can be difficult to stay up to date with the latest RU on EM due to downtime to apply the patch. Meeting SLAs for planned maintenance and losing sight of critical targets has always been an issue when moving to the latest RU, Minhas said. In this release, Oracle is introducing near-zero downtime fixes to enforce RUs on EM while it is live to ensure critical monitoring and alerting is primarily available during scheduled maintenance.
For more details on the new version, go to www.oracle.com/enterprisemanager and, to read Minhas’ blog, go to https://blogs.oracle.com/oem/announcing-oracle-enterprise-manager-13c-release-5.