Oracle to Offer Single View Into Its OEM

Oracle's plan to offer a single-browser-based view in its Oracle Enterprise Manager is being greeted with glee by users, particularly in light of a major Oracle database vulnerability discovered last week.

Oracle Corp.s plan to offer a single-browser-based view in its Oracle Enterprise Manager is being greeted with glee by users, particularly in light of a major Oracle database vulnerability discovered last week.

Andy Mendelsohn, Oracles senior vice president of database and application server technologies, outlined a vision of a self-managing database during his keynote on Tuesday at the International Oracle Users Group conference in Orlando, Fla.

The enhanced version of OEM, due with the next release of Oracle Application Server this summer, will allow DBAs (database administrators) to see information from all databases, as opposed to being forced to monitor and manage each individual system, Mendelsohn said.

Jim Wolff, a senior DBA and manager for MIS operations at Space Gateway Support, in Kennedy Space Center, Fla., said that the consolidated OEM view may fill a hole in Oracles current database security interface. "As a DBA working with Oracle products since about 1988, [Id say] they have good security for the most part," he said. "But everything has vulnerabilities. Where [Oracle is lacking] is in the ability to provide for an easy-to-use interface for the DBAs to monitor auditing and those kinds of things."

Currently, those activities take a large bite out of DBAs time, Wolff said. "You have to develop your own scripts and interfaces," he said. "Thats a really big hole. … [Oracle has] such good database software, but it lacks in providing a good interface for monitoring security and auditing related stuff, [such as] whos logged in, password monitoring, keystroke logging, and accessing what data, etc."