Hoping to make good on promises to support Sun technologies, Oracle has rolled out a platform that can help IT shops manage both physical and virtual Sun-based environments over the lifecycle of those products.
The Enterprise Manager Ops Center can manage several products including Sparc-based products such as Solaris Containers and VM Server as well as Solaris Live upgrades that can be set up to automatically patch and update Solaris-based systems through what company officials called a software dependency engine. The new Oracle lifecycle management software also offers support for virtual stack and operating environments.
Delivery of the product is well timed, company officials believe, given the mushrooming number of servers in Oracle-Sun shops and the rapid adoption of virtualization technologies. The proliferation of these two technologies has added more complexity to managing enterprise class IT infrastructure, they said.
“This product can give users visibility into both the capacity and health of their systems. They can then take more proactive steps toward increasing the flexibility of those systems and also decreasing operational costs,” said Richard Sarwal, senior vice president of development with Oracle.
Some users were heartened by Oracle stepping up to fulfill its commitment to Sun’s platform early on and with a management product to boot.
“This shows a bit of good faith on Oracle’s part right off. It could be an important piece of technology for someone like us to consider given the large number of Sun servers running Oracle databases and systems level products from both companies,” said Jack Thompson, a systems engineer with Edward Jones, Inc.
Separately, Oracle also took the wraps off its Enterprise Manager Management Connector for Ops Center. This product is built to shine a brighter light on corporate users’ underlying Sun’s server hardware, Solaris and associated virtualization products, helping them get at the root of problems that could adversely impact their applications, middleware and database service levels.
Oracle officials see the product offering IT shops a bridge to travel between managing infrastructure and business service stability, thereby offering more clarity on a range of problems that might fall between the cracks among people with very different skill sets.