Oracle is shooting for simplified hardware management in traditional, virtualized, and cloud-based data center environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center announced this week.
The company claims that its new product can reduce hardware management costs by up to 90 per cent through a "converged approach" to managing Oracle’s Sun hardware environments. Specifically, this hardware management is focused on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, as well as Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line and Oracle’s network fabric.
Oracle has thus created a unified management proposition that provides integrated application-to-disk management — so in effect, this is hardware, software, and management layers engineered to work together.
“This release represents an advancement in Oracle’s integrated application-to-disk management approach and is a perfect example of the value that can be created when hardware and software are engineered to work together,” said Steve Wilson, vice president of systems management at Oracle.
“The extensive integration work included in Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center allows our customers to benefit from common management capabilities across Oracle’s hardware and software. By providing a single, intuitive management console that spans a broad range of infrastructure and software assets, we are enabling customers to streamline operations, improve productivity and reduce management costs,” he added.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center's approach to converged hardware management embodies Integrated Infrastructure Management, to work across physical and virtual environments as well as Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux operating systems; Integrated Application-to-Disk Management, to identify and resolve problems and fault management across the stack; Integrated Lifecycle Management, for provisioning and patch automation for Oracle physical and virtual servers; and finally, Integrated Hardware Management and Support, for a combination of proactive notifications and fixes plus peer-to-peer knowledge sharing that enables contract/entitlement validation.