As I am currently been working a lot on improving day to day operations and monitoring of large and complex IT landscapes I have been looking a lot at Oracle Enterprise Manager. We are currently deploying Oracle Enterprise Manager to be a the default monitoring and maintenance solution for a new cloud hosting platform. Oracle Enterprise Manager is great to manage parts of the cloud we are currently building and rolling out towards current customers and new customers of Capgemini.
However, event hough when people think about cloud computing they tend to forget that their is still old school hardware and operating systems involved. Even though you can make all kind of thing scalable, virtual and cloud happy someone will always have to have a datacenter somewhere which holds racks and racks of servers which hold operating systems and which run things. By using cloud computing the customer is no longer that aware of the real infrastructure, if you however build the cloud you are more than aware of all the infrastructure it takes to build a cloud computing solution. When you are the provider of the cloud you will have to think about how to setup your network, how to arrange you storage and who to align failover technology, virtualization layers, monitoring and much more.
As we as Capgemini are building a cloud computing solution especially for Oracle products we do have engineered Oracle Enterprise Manager already deep into the mainstream architecture. Oracle Enterprise Manager is giving us some very big advantages however thanks to Oracly buying Sun this is now extended with Oracle Ops Center.
When Oracle developed Oracle Enterprise Manager it was mainly focused on the applications and for some parts on the operating system where Sun was focusing more on the hardware and some parts of the operating system (mainly Sun Solaris). Now they two companies have become one the products are also merging which gives you a enormous lift and a single tool to monitor and manage software and hardware from the same tooling. Both can be used separately however can also be integrated. Currently the integration is not that fluently as you might want however as you see the Oracle roadmap the products will become more integrated every release they will bring out.
Especially when you are building a complex and large-scale landscape like a cloud computing landscape for high-end customers running Oracle software it is of great value that you can monitor and maintain both your software, hardware and operating system from one single tool. Below you can see a short introduction video on Oracle Ops Center. If you have any questions on Oracle Ops Center and/or Oracle Enterprise Manager, leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.