Some of the things I have learned from attending the “Database as a service – Enterprise Cloud in three simple steps” session this morning at Oracle Open World

Some of the things I have learned from attending the “Database as a service – Enterprise Cloud in three simple steps” session this morning at Oracle Open World:

Both presenters Adeesh Fulay and Matthew McKerley did a very good job explaining things.

Traditional Database deployments DBaaS (Database as a Service)
Configuration of Hardware Request Database deployment via the Cloud
Configuration of Middleware Adjust capacity on demand
Configuration of Database Deploy Applications via the Cloud
Configuration of Application

Self Service

  • Pre-packaged
  • One click provisioning
  • On demand scaling
  • Metering – Chargeback
  • Comparable with Amazon Cloud Services

Metering / Chargeback

  • Charge reports for Cost Centers
  • Rollup based on LDAP hierarchy

Creating a Cloud

  • Automated discovery and resource base-lining
  • Consolidation Planning
    • Eliminates inefficient use of resources
    • Cloud models on Virtualized and Physical platforms

Something on Hiearchy

  • Cloud – Top-level entity
    • Database zones – Defines a logical unit based on configuration, version etc.
      • Database software – Oracle Home
        • RAC Cluster – Collection of Servers with Clusterware installed

Cloud Administrator

  • Provision
  • Manage Cloud Resources
  • Create Users and Roles
  • Manage Security and Policies
  • Provision Database Software

Self Service Administrator

  • Define deployment procedures for database provisioning
  • Define services in Service Catalog for deployment by Self Service users
  • Assign quotas to Users and Roles
  • Define access boundaries (map Roles to Zones)

Database Provisioning Procedures

  • Usage of Provisioning Profiles
  • Ability to lock down certain Configuration Parameters
  • Catalog of Service Templates – saved Deployment Procedures

Creation of database zones

  • Policy constraints per Host
    • Max CPU utilization
    • Max MEM
    • Max number of database instances

Cloud Administration – Self Service

Starting to like this concept more an more.

Does solve several issues I see at various customers, like ability to limit resource usage per server.

A Self Service Administrator is able to create it’s own Service Catalog (Predefined Deployment Procedures).

Metering an Charge Back based on a Charge Plan. Based on this you are able to create Charge Back reports based on for instance a Cost Center.
Charge Back reports can also be created as a drill down based on a LDAP hierarchy.

Also we need to get used to the concept of Database Zones, which are a logically group of Databases based on configuration, version etc.

The official launch of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

Finally the moment was there, the official announcement of the complete new release of EM, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c.

In the Novellus Theater, Richard Sarwal (Senior Vice President Oracle) gave us a 1 hour presentation of some of the EM 12c highlights.

Some figures he mentioned:

  • 200 new features
  • 500 enhancement requests included
  • 3 years of development
  • A complete rebuild

As the ‘c’ in the new release obviously tells us, the new release of Enterprise Manager has got a lot to do with the monitoring and management of the cloud. Including a Self Service feature to allow end users to fully profit from the grid and the desired by many, charge back feature.

Here are some other features that draw my attention:

  • Cloud services
  • Support physical and virtual clouds
  • Console feature will run on iPad and other mobile devices
  • ADDM like feature for middleware
  • Out of place patching
  • Integrated hardware & software for EXADATA
  • Increased support MOS integration
  • ASR automated creation of SR
  • New web 2.0 UI
  • Many partner plugins
  • Business transaction monitoring related to business services SLA
  • Real-time ADDM analysis

During the night I have been downloading the software from OTN and will try to start installation one of these days 😉

Today I will be attending some presentations focusing on this new release, so stay tuned.

Monday October 3rd – Database performance tuning: Getting the best out of Oracle EM

Tariq Farooq

an Oracle ACE en founder of BrainSurface

During the presentation a clear explanation if given of the Database performance process using Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control. Showing several examples from the Database Performance Tab and showing the advantage of several linked features like Top Activity, Blocking Sessions.

The presentation next focuses on the three A’s for Database Performance Tuning:

  • ASH  (Activity Summery History)
  • AWR (Activity Workload Repository)
  • ADDM (Automatic Data Diagnostic Monitoring)

Realizing AWR is the successor of the former statspack feature, several examples are given of how to interpret some of the output.

I think a very good and solid presentation, focusing merely on novice users of which there are a lot in the OEM GC arena.

Official opening of OOW 2011

Today joined the official opening Key-note of Larry Ellison

After receiving a special honor ring for supporting the SF Giants, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison did not mind talking about Oracle’s hardware solution for about a hour. To my opinion forgetting about 99% of the audience, being Oracle Software Solutions users who flew in to San Francisco to here all about Oracle’s strategy on the Oracle Software stack. I found it pretty embarrassing.

To my opinion the only possible conclusion can be: Oracle is a Hardware Vendor.

I hope the next coming days I will be hearing a word or two on Oracle’s second priority business; the Oracle Software stack.

Tomorrow I hope to hear a lot on Oracle’s complete new OEM GC Release 12!

Stay tuned and read my post on the official OEM GC 12 announcement tomorrow.

A complete new release of OEM GC

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