Oracle rolls out Enterprise Manager 11g, which allows IT administrators to manage the entirety of an enterprise stack with consolidated management and support tools. In a presentation at the Guggenheim Museum, Oracle CEO Charles Phillips describes Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g as an iPod for the enterprise thanks to its ability to integrate hardware and software in a single management and monitoring platform.
NEW YORK-Oracle unveiled Oracle
Enterprise Manager 11g, a platform that consolidates various systems management
and support tools with an integrated interface, during an April 22 presentation
at the Guggenheim Museum.
"Traditional systems management products don't address the complexities
of modern data centers," Richard Sarwal, Oracle's senior vice president of
Product Development, said in a statement delivered before the presentation's
start. "They create islands of automation but do not provide a holistic,
integrated picture of the health of the entire IT stack."
In a keynote address here in the basement auditorium of the Guggenheim,
Oracle President Charles Phillips described Enterprise Manager 11g as an
attempt to take "control of this complex thing called IT and manage the
entire stack in a way that's different from the past. We're at a point in
Oracle strategy where that's possible.
"What we're building is an iPod for the enterprise," Phillips
added, "where you have hardware and software working together."
Enterprise Manager 11g offers tools for managing the various parts of the
Oracle stack, including Fusion Middleware, Database, Solaris, Enterprise Linux,
VM and Sun Servers. Other features include increased support for the management
of Fusion Middleware 11g, with provisioning for large-scale SOA Suite and WebLogic
Server environments, as well as Database 11g Release 2.
Additionally, Enterprise Manager 11g draws
on Oracle's $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems,
Enterprise Manager Ops Center, which allows an IT administrator to manage the
life cycle of physical and virtual Sun environments and Solaris Containers.
From a broader perspective, however, the rollout of Enterprise Manager 11g
marks yet another step in Oracle's oft-stated attempt to become the largest and
most mission-critical IT systems vendor in the world.
During a September 2009 appearance at the Churchill Club in San
Jose, Calif., Oracle
CEO and founder Larry Ellison told an audience,
"We've already beaten
IBM in software ... Now we want to beat them in systems."
Ellison continued, "We have a deep interest in the systems business. Great
systems vendors ship a hardware-software combination that allows them to be
instrumental in the acceleration of the Internet." His company's melding
of software and hardware would theoretically "deliver systems that can be
the backbone of most enterprises around the world."
To that end, Oracle has been releasing products such as Fusion
which promised a prefabricated environment that gives IT
administrators control over their networks without the need to improve a
cobbled-together IT infrastructure for their enterprise. Another benefit of a
prefabricated environment, particularly one optimized for virtualization and
other facets of the modern data center, is the ability to upgrade up and down
the entire stack.
"Now that we have servers and storage, we can start to build management
tools where we can manage this whole stack together," Phillips told the
audience during his keynote. "It's going to be easier to manage and
Enterprise Manager 11g also follows in that complete-stack tradition, this
time by enabling IT pros to use tools at every layer of the stack, whether it
be middleware, database, operating systems or hardware. There's also a focus on
complete-stack monitoring, via features such as Oracle Real User Experience
Insight 6.5, which offers single-console access to diagnostics for Oracle's
Siebel CRM, Oracle E-Business Suite and Java
Enterprise IT monitoring tools include Smart Configuration Management, which
offers real-time change detection for compliance, Automated Workflow, which
enables the deployment of patches across an enterprise IT environment, and
Community-Based Console, which allows knowledge exchange between members of the
For those involved more on the development side of the equation, the new
Oracle Application Testing Suite Release 9.1 tracks application quality
management through features such as automation of test script generation based
on real user actions, access to middleware diagnostics during load tests to
identify performance bottlenecks and a new test starter kit for Oracle
E-Business Suite R12 applications.