The database and business applications giant today released an OEM plug-in that lets its customers manage EMC Symmetrix DMX storage systems. The new plug-in, which is generally available now and is priced at $1,500 per terabyte of managed storage, provides OEM users with monitoring, diagnostic, configuration and service level management capabilities for the EMC systems, according to Oracle.
Oracle executives said the new plug-in is part of the company's plan to offer systems management capabilities that extend beyond Oracle technology to key third-party systems often found in Oracle environments.
Ray Wang, an analyst with Boston-based Forrester Research, said it makes sense that Oracle is expanding the capabilities of OEM, especially when one considers the company's high-profile acquisition spree over the last few years. Oracle needs a comprehensive systems management offering that can handle all of the new products in its portfolio, as well as some third parties, Wang said.
He added that the new plug-in is also symptomatic of a larger trend in the IT industry.
"I think that the whole console administration space is definitely an area where everybody is expanding," Wang said. "SAP is doing the same thing with the expansion of their Solution Manager."
Oracle executives said the new plug-in is designed to help joint Oracle-EMC customers achieve higher service levels and lower the total cost of managing EMC and Oracle environments. It does so, according to Oracle, by making it easier for storage and database administrators to collaborate on such matters as storage capacity planning, database storage layout, best practices and root cause analysis of performance problems.
"One of the things that our enterprise customers have been telling us is that they traditionally have database management tools and storage management tools, but it's very hard for them to get an end-to-end view from the database all the way down to storage, especially when they're trying to do a root causal problem," said Jagan Athreya, an Oracle director of product management. "So, one of the first things we delivered with this was an end-to-end view."
Oracle and EMC have been working together since 1995. Oracle is a charter member of the EMC Developers Program, and EMC is an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner. EMC and Oracle also maintain a Joint Service Center staffed by engineers from both companies.
Just over a year ago, Oracle unveiled an OEM plug-in for EMC Celerra network attached storage systems.