Oracle Cloud Infrastructure scores 78 percent in 2021 Gartner Solution Scorecard for IaaS and PaaS, showing continued momentum

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has again demonstrated strong growth, introducing hundreds of services and features over the past year. With all the challenges of a global pandemic, our teams continued to deliver on our product vision, and I’m both amazed and sincerely grateful.

Gartner® analyzes major cloud infrastructure providers in three reports: The 2021 Gartner Solution Scorecards for Integrated infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), the 2021 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services (CIPS), and the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CIPS. I’m happy to share the following results:

  • OCI scored 78% overall in 2021 Gartner Solution Scorecard for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure IaaS+PaaS, from 62% in 2020.
  • Oracle’s score for required criteria grew from 74% to 90%, including scores of 100% for Compute, Storage, Networking, and Software Infrastructure, such as Database as a Service and Functions offerings.
  • OCI scored better in all criteria and use cases in the 2021 Critical Capabilities for CIPS.
  • Finally, we grew in both “ability to execute” and “completeness in vision” in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CIPS.

Read the complete article by Clay Magouyrk

Available now: SQL Tuning Advisor for Oracle Cloud Databases

SQL Tuning for maximizing Oracle Database performance 

Tuning usually implies fixing performance problems. However, tuning should be part of the life cycle of an application—through the analysis, design, coding, production, and maintenance stages. 

An important facet of database system performance tuning is the tuning of SQL statements. SQL tuning involves three basic steps:

•    Identifying high load or top SQL statements that are responsible for a large share of the application workload and system resources, by reviewing past SQL execution history from the system.
•    Verifying that the execution plans produced by the query optimizer for the statements perform reasonably.
•    Implementing corrective actions to generate better execution plans for poorly performing SQL statements.

Read the complete article by Sriram Vrinda

Exadata Insights in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Operations Insights

Exadata Insights features

The OCI Operations Insights service enables business executives, database, and DevOps personnel to make informed, and data-driven compute resource and performance management decisions. With Operations Insights, you have the following capabilities:

  • Analyze resource usage of databases and hosts across the enterprise
  • Forecast future demand for resources based on historical trends
  • Compare SQL performance across databases and identify common patterns
  • Identify SQL performance trends across enterprise-wide databases

With the introduction of Exadata Insights, you can now analyze the resource utilization of the Exadata systems and identify the spare capacity for new workloads. This feature is available for Exadata systems that are managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.5 RU01 and later.

Read the complete article by Sriram Vrinda

Automated Patching and Compliance to Improve Database Security

Learn best practices used by Fortune 500 companies to secure database estates while cutting manual effort for patching, provisioning, updates and compliance using Oracle Enterprise Manager pre-built automation. During this webcast, attendees will learn how to:

– Use automation to stay current with software updates for your database fleet

– Proactively patch and upgrade database environments to address critical security vulnerabilities

– Identify vulnerable assets, prioritize vulnerability regression, and remediation management

– Achieve CIS, STIG regulatory compliance and security business objectives for databases

How To Use Key Features of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Mobile Application

Guest author Bill Keicher,  Oracle Software Development Snr Manager, shares the latest features of Oracle Enterprise Manager Mobile, which are compatible with Oracle Enterprise Manager software 13.4 and later, including several marquee capabilities. In this blog, he will review how you can filter groups and incidents, execute host commands, manage federation, and compliance remotely.

Please read the complete articlehttps://blogs.oracle.com/observability/post/how-to-use-key-features-of-the-oracle-enterprise-manager-mobile-application

Simplify your software deployments with the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure DevOps service

Simplifying deployments

Deploying your software can be a complex series of steps. Everyone has a horror story of a deployment gone wrong and “that time we took down production.” When an issue with a deployment arises, it’s an all-hands-on-deck situation. Your team gets paged and scrambles to get production working for customers. What we want as engineers is to release features to customers and have the deployment be a routine event, maybe even so routine that the deployment is boring (to borrow a phase from Camille Fournier and her essay Make Boring Plans.) In continuous deployment, we want to create a repeatable process to deploy new software and to discover any issues before the release hits production.

If you’re manually running steps in your deployment process, you juggle a complex workflow, and it’s easy to introduce errors that can lead to a failed deployment. Automating deployments with tools and processes simplifies your deployment workflow and gives you a repeatable and testable process to safely release your latest change to customers.

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Announcing the general availability of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.5 App on Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) 13.5  is now available as an app on Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  That means customers who are interested in trying the latest version of EM 13.5 without having to provision on-premises hardware have an easy path to start working with a fully-configured, updated EM instance with minimal installation effort. 

Read the complete article by K B Sumesh

Federation Dashboard: Consolidate Multiple Enterprise Manager Deployments into Actionable Insights

A common request from Enterprise Manager users, is the need to roll up data from multiple Enterprise Manager instances into a single view, to monitor and evaluate the status of databases across regions, applications, or configured groups. The Enterprise Manager federation capability is designed for that purpose and has been included since version 13.4 Release Update 4 (RU4). The good news is, there are no additional plug-ins or software installations needed to use it. Federation dashboards provide users a single pane of glass to monitor and drill down into details to triage and manage across all Federated EM sites by geographies or business units.

Read the article on this from Samir Bhagwat

Smarter, Painless and Predictable Upgrades: Embrace Enterprise Manager 13.5 with Confidence

In this webinar, Oracle experts discuss and demonstrate the technical details of upgrading to Enterprise Manager 13.5, including the best practices, upgrade testing strategies, “Tips and Tricks” and how Oracle can assist with the overall planning, execution, and post-upgrade support for a successful upgrade. While this session will focus on how to install, attendees will learn some of the latest enhancements to Enterprise Manager in the process, including less downtime and a simpler agent upgrade process.

Covered will be:

– Comprehensive software-only upgrades
– Automated and consolidated EM prerequisite kit
– Single-step adoption of Level-4 High Availability
– Step-by-step agent upgrade process and lifecycle management

Resources as mentioned at the end of the presentation:

– Enterprise Manager Page on oracle.com https://www.oracle.com/enterprise-man…
– Install and Upgrade Page on OTN https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oe…
– Upgrade Guide (Documentation) https://docs.oracle.com/en/enterprise…
– Upgrade Checklist MOS note 2761728.1 https://mosemp.us.oracle.com/epmos/fa…
– Blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/oem
– EM 13.5 Announcement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LX2H…

For other information on Enterprise Manager or one of our other Observability & Management offerings, check https://www.oracle.com/manageability