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In a bid to simplify management challenges, Oracle has launched Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center as a supervisor of Oracle software, the hardware on which it's running, and connections all the way to the disk drive array.
When it comes to software, it doesn't matter whether it's running on traditional data center servers, in virtual machines, or in the cloud, explained Steve Wilson, Oracle's VP of systems management. It also includes management capabilities geared to the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. The product became available Nov. 9.
Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center originated at Sun Microsystems, now part of Oracle, where it was known as its virtualized environment management system, xVM Ops Center. Oracle has incorporated it into its Enterprise Manager product line.
Ops Center offers a view of operations from the application to the disk drive and helps identify problems across the stack. Data derived from the operation of the application, database, middleware, servers, and disk drives is now "all cross-linked. We say it's application to disk management," said Wilson in an interview.
Ops Center can view both Sun Sparc and Oracle Sun x86 servers, whether they are running Oracle Solaris or Linux. Ops Center can see the firmware, server clusters, Sun storage, and the network fabric based on the switches Sun started producing in 2009. It also can view and report on the operation of Infiniband in the Oracle Exalogic and Exadata appliances.
Ops Center automates patch management and provides provisioning for both physical and virtual servers. It includes energy management and power conservation features as well.
Oracle has integrated information flows from many different sources and combined it with operational know-how. Ops Center "is an example of the value that can be created when hardware and software are engineered to work together," he said.