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Oracle Launches Enterprise Manager 11g

Comprehensive systems management software covers the full Oracle stack from applications to disk drives, company says.

Oracle Thursday expanded its systems management ambitions for Oracle Enterprise Manager beyond its original focus of providing a single management console for multiple Oracle database systems.

Enterprise Manager 11g will manage Oracle applications, application servers, Fusion Middleware, and the Solaris operating system as well as database systems, Oracle President Charles Phillips announced Thursday during at press conference at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

In the past, systems management has consisted largely of monitoring hardware and software to check that it remains up and running. Enterprise Manager 11g will seek to monitor running systems to see what kind of user experience they are delivering. Are they responding within allowable response times? Are they sending application processing results or error messages?

"We can instrument that entire stack now We can connect what's in your IT stack and map it to business events," Phillips said. Enterprise Manager will provide Oracle customers with a management console that covers everything from the application to the disk drives, he added.

Oracle Real User Experience Insight in its 6.5 release is part of Enterprise Manager 11g and supplies performance and usage statistics on application transactions. It can also be used to generate artificial transactions to be run against the system.

Integrated diagnostics can supply a reading on the latter to assess a running application's remaining capacity. Real User Experience works with Siebel CRM, Oracle E-Business suite and Java-based applications, which would include Oracle's next-generation Fusion application due in the second half. Future monitoring of all these applications for the end user experience can be done from a single Enterprise Manager console.

Enterprise Manager 11g also includes business transaction management, with the system able to discover a transaction that cuts across the Web server, application server, applications and databases to provide visibility on how it is executing. In case of an issue, the system can be used for a "deep dive" through the transaction process to discover at what point it is encountering a problem, said Richard Sarwal, senior VP of product development.

Business transaction management in Enterprise Manager discovers transactions on its own and can identify long running transactions.

In addition to the transaction point of view, Enterprise Manager can deliver a business service analysis as well, in dashboards devoted to particular services. Sarwal demonstrated the technique with a multi-step transaction that was operating according to plan until it reached its "submit" step, where it would produce an error. The submit step invoked five different services, and Sarwal was able to illustrate that it was a fault in the shipping service that was disrupting operations.

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