Friday, September 28, 2012

Capacity Planning for the Cloud, and General Capacity Planning

A friend wrote " I could not find any information on capacity planning (database) in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c. The only information i could get is that, it is part of the "Chargeback and Capacity Planning" plugin. There is no documentation available on this. One of my customer was using this feature in 10g and 11g.. and now have moved to 12c and are unable to figure it out.  Any pointers would be of great help."

My answer:

There is no capacity planner in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c right now. There is a consolidation planner. This is not a general capacity planning tool but rather a consolidation tool to access your current server workloads (CPU or memory or Network IO etc), and mathematically calculate if they can be consolidated to a physical or virtual consolidation target(s) that you specify. The SPECint benchmark is used in the case of CPU comparisons.

So far as the Chargeback and Capacity Planning Plugin that you mention, this does offer a view of the CPU and Memory etc TRENDS across the cloud infrastructure to the cloud administrator, so that the cloud admin can judge the capacity usage of the infrastructure and plan ahead for cloud infrastructure upgrades. So in that sense, it allows cloud capacity planning.,

Right now, metric historical data in EM 12c can be extracted and used for capacity planning by any customer in an external spreadsheet.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oracle EM 12c Release 2 Now Available

Last week, on September 13 2012, Oracle announced general availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 2. The release introduces unique capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Release 2 is now available on the OTN Download Page. This is the first major release since the EM 12c launch in October of 2011. This release contains many new features and enhancements in areas across the board. It is also the first ever Enterprise Manager release available on all platforms simultaneously.

Installation and Upgrade:
  • All major platforms have been released simultaneously (Linux 32 / 64 bit, Solaris (SPARC), Solaris x86-64, IBM AIX 64-bit, and Windows x86-64 (64-bit) )
  • Enterprise Manager is a complete release that includes both the EM OMS and Agent versions of
  • Installation options available with EM The user can do a fresh Install or an upgrade from versions EM, 11.1, or ( Bundle Patch 1 not mandatory).
  • Upgrading to EM from EM is not a patch application (similar to Bundle Patch 1) but is achieved through a 1-system upgrade. 

New Capabilities and Features Increase Cloud Control: There are enhanced management capabilities for enterprise private clouds.Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 2 introduces new capabilities to allow customers to build and manage a Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud based on Oracle WebLogic Server, including guided set up of a PaaS Cloud, self-service provisioning, automatic scale out, and metering and chargeback;

Enhanced lifecycle management capabilities for Oracle WebLogic Server enables synchronized patching and configuration file management to help ease management of multi-domain web environments;

Integrated hardware-software management for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud through features such as rack schematics visualization and integrated monitoring of all hardware and software components.

New management capabilities for business-critical applications include: A new Business Application (BA) target type and dashboard with flexible definitions provides a logical view of an application's business transactions, end-user experiences and the cloud infrastructure the monitored application is running on;

Oracle Real User Experience Insight has been enhanced to provide reporting capabilities on client-side issues for applications running in the cloud and has been more tightly coupled with Oracle Business Transaction Management to help ensure that real-time user experience and transaction tracing data is provided to users in context.

Several key improvements address ease of administration, reporting and extensibility for massively scalable cloud environments including dynamic groups, self-updateable monitoring templates, and bulk operations against many events, etc.

New and Revised Plug-Ins:

Several plug-Ins have been updated as a part of this release resulting in either new versions or revisions. 

Plug-In Name
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database (revision)
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Fusion Middleware (new)
Enterprise Manager for Chargeback and Capacity Planning (new)
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Fusion Applications (new)
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Virtualization (new)
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Exadata (new)
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud (new)

Photos and Download PDF for Bangkok Customer and Partner Seminars on EM Cloud Control 12c


Here are some photos on the EM Cloud Control 12c Overview/New Features seminar that we recently conducted in Bangkok, Thailand. The first day was for Oracle Partners, the second for Oracle Customers.

We covered the EM Cloud Control 12c Overview, Architecture, Database Lifecycle Management pack, Test Data Management pack, Oracle Cloud Overview, and New features of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in all of these. We also spoke on the Diagnostics/Tuning packs and Data Masking packs.

The updated PDF can be downloaded from this Mediafire link:

This is the Oracle Customer Seminar Photo:

This is the Oracle Partner Seminar Photo:




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