For those of you that have been wondering why I’ve been so quiet of recent times, it’s because my wife and I took advantage of a trip to England for UKOUG in December to spend nearly 5 weeks touring around Europe (2 weeks of which was spent river cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest with the fabulous APT river cruises, something I can HIGHLY recommend if you want to see Europe!). But while I might have been taking time off, you can bet the Enterprise Manager developers were not, with the result that Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c was released just before Christmas! That makes two releases in a row where Enterprise Manager is the first Oracle product to use a new major version number – EM 126.96.36.199 was the first product to use the version number 12, while EM 188.8.131.52 was the first product to use the version number 13!
So what’s the key new feature of EM13c?
Well, I guess that one could be argued, and everyone would have a different answer! But to me, the key new feature is something we’re calling “always on” monitoring. EM12c has really become the nerve centre of IT operations for many of our customers, and indeed is the tool that we use ourselves to monitor the millions (and I do literally mean millions) of targets in Oracle’s public cloud. When you’re looking at managing an IT operation that is that large, one that has to remain up and running around the clock, it can only be done by a tool that remains up and running during both planned and unplanned downtime windows. That’s what always on monitoring is about. It provides a way of receiving critical alerts out-of-band from agents while the OMS is down. That means you can patch the OMS but still continue to be alerted about critical events. You can learn more about always on monitoring and another neat little piece of functionality called system broadcast in this video.
So what’s the first new feature you’ll see?
Well, that’s easy. It’s the changes to the user interface (UI). Just when you get used to the EM12c UI, Oracle goes and changes it. 🙂 Actually, I think the changes are largely for the better. One of the first things you’ll notice is the new menus, which are placed together on the right hand side of the page – no more searching on both the left hand side and right hand side to find what you want (yay!). Overall, the UI has been updated to match that of a lot of other newer generation Oracle products, which means the focus is much more on presentation of the data so you can get to the information you need more quickly.
Other new features in EM13c
Of course, one new feature (no matter how cool) does not make a new release. Other areas that have great new functionality include (in no particular order):
- Database Consolidation Workbench – this is a tool that provides the ability to perform database consolidation planning for various scenarios. It provides an end-to-end workflow comprised of three main parts:
- What-if analysis on various consolidation scenarios: commodity to engineered systems, non-multitenant to multitenant databases and on-premises to Oracle Cloud.
- The actual consolidation process by integrating with the relevant provisioning functionality
- Post consolidation testing to ensure there is no regression, using SQL Performance Analyzer (more commonly known as SPA)
You can find out more about the Consolidation Workbench by watching this video.
Obviously there’s a bunch more that I could allude to as well, so for the complete list have a look at the doc.
There are, of course, a lot of places you can go to for more information, starting with the EM13c documentation. But there have also been quite a number of useful posts by others while I was off swanning around Europe. Some (but by no means all) of these are:
- Enterprise Manager 13c – What’s New and What You Should Know! by Courtney Llamas
- Installing a New Enterprise Manager 13c Environment by Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
- Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c : First Steps by Tim Hall
- Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Upgrade, again by Tim (doesn’t that guy have time to do anything else? 😉 )
- How to Upgrade Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c to EM13c by Gokhan Atil
- Adding Targets in Enterprise Manager 13c, again by Kellyn
There are also a bunch of articles by Rob Zoeteweij at his website, so Rob clearly has too much time on his hands as well! 🙂
Well, there you go. That should be enough to get you well and truly started. If you have any questions, or need any help installing 13c or upgrading your 12c environment to 13c, let me know via email.