Oracle Expands Enterprise Manager Platform Capabilities

Oracle today announced that it has updated its core management platform to provide features that make it easier to manage a hybrid cloud computing environment spanning millions of endpoints.

The latest version of Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) 13c, in addition to greater scalability, also supports dynamic groups, dynamic runbooks, automated workload analysis, monitoring models, event compression and other features that help manage large-scale IT operations. .

Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) 13c Release 5 also extends the reach of the management platform into the realm of packaged Oracle applications and integrated hardware and software platforms such as Oracle Exadata, Oracle Database Appliance (ODA), Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (ZDLRA), and Private Cloud Appliance (PCA).

Oracle also updated the compliance framework it includes with Oracle Enterprise EM to support additional regulatory requirements and updated the user interface for the bundled fleet management tool.

Finally, the company is adding a tool that makes it easy to copy data stored in Oracle EM 13c to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) service. Dubbed OCI Bridge, this tool copies data to an OCI object store where it can be accessed by OCI services such as logging analysis and operations information.

Mughees Minhas, vice president of product management for enterprise and cloud manageability at Oracle, said that as hybrid cloud computing continues to evolve, the need for a management platform single spanning infrastructure, databases and applications is becoming increasingly evident.

Minhas said Oracle EM 13c is part of a larger observability initiative that Oracle has adopted to provide more context across disparate services in a way that reduces the total number of tools a team needs. IT must deploy and master. This effort complements a series of stand-alone IT initiatives that Oracle has previously launched that eliminate the need for database administrators (DBAs) to handle lower-level systems administration tasks such as performance tuning. In general, Oracle advocates for an IT world where platforms are co-managed by Oracle and internal IT teams that focus on higher-level tasks.

As computing environments become more distributed, it is clear that computing becomes more complex to manage. The question IT teams need to address is the extent to which they can automate the management tasks that today conspire to limit the size of the IT environment that a given IT team can effectively manage. DevOps teams, of course, have been ruthlessly automating application development and deployment tasks for years. This philosophy is now extended to include a wider range of IT operations tasks automated by the vendors themselves.

Each IT team will ultimately have to decide how many automation platforms they need. In many cases, IT teams are now struggling to unite the various islands of automation that have now emerged within their organization. Either way, however, rote tasks that once consumed hours, sometimes days, are no longer necessary, which, at least in theory, should allow more time to focus on more complex challenges that are getting tougher day by day.