It’s been a long time coming, but finally we can announce than Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 is here! So what are the main new features? Obviously I can’t cover them all in a single blog post, but here are the ones that are highlights to me.
Support for Transport Layer Security 1.2
For our security minded customers, this is functionality that people have been waiting a long time for. Communication between the agent and OMS, the agent and the targets, and in case of target types such as Oracle databases, between the OMS and the targets are now secured with TLS1.2 protocol.
Support for IPv6
Enterprise Manager 13cR2 can now be configured on pure IPv6 or dual IPv6/IPv4 stacks, and it can also be used to monitor and manage IPv6 enabled Exadata systems and IPv6 configurations with (RAC) databases.
Always On Monitoring Enhancements
Always On Monitoring was released in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 1. Details of what that capability does are in chapter 12 of the Cloud Control Administrator’s Guide. One of the main enhancements in the 13.2 release is that Always On Monitoring has now been certified to run on a different host than the OMS.
As always, each new release continues to enhance our database management capabilities. In this release, the main point of interest to me is the fleet maintenance feature (which was first introduced in 12cR5) now supports a wider range of database configurations, making patching really simple for cloud-scale environments.
And of course, middleware management also continues to be enhanced with each new release. In this release, we now support WebLogic Server 12.2.x, so we have support for configuration of WLS multitenancy, the ability to export and import partitions on WLS multitenancy, and we have added support for Service Bus patching.
Obviously there’s a lot more functionality as well. For more information, see the official announcement here, reasons to upgrade to EM13.2 here, the OTN page for downloads, and the 13cR2 documentation.