After last week’s IOUG conference and concerns expressed by delegates as to how Oracle (news, site)  would integrate Sun Microsystems, Oracle has announced the release of Enterprise Manager (EM) 11g, which will go some of the way to doing that.

The new version of the platform is being touted by Oracle as a key step in integrating the two with four new plug-ins for HP, IBM and NEC storage systems bringing the total number available to 45 that are available through its Oracle PartnerNetwork portal.

In all though, there are three main areas where Oracle has upgraded the EM platform:

  • Application-to-disk management
  • Business-driven application management.
  • Integrated systems management

Currently, over 75% of Oracle’s use EM, which manages their entire IT infrastructure including middleware, applications, operating systems and databases.

Application-to-Disk Management

The second area where there have been extensive upgrades is with the Integrated Application-to-Disk Management and the primary area where links between Oracle and Sun are being tightened at the moment.

It includes complete management of the Oracle stack with tools to manage applications, Fusion Middleware and database.

It also comes with management of Sun hardware and Oracle Solaris covering the lifecycle of physical and virtual Sun environments, including Oracle VM for SPARC and Solaris Container (formerly known as Logical Domains or LDoms) and Solaris Containers, enabling customers to maximize the utilization of their Sun systems

Amongst the features here are:

  • Middleware Management: Enhanced support for managing Fusion Middleware 11g with full configuration and management abilities for Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Server environments. WebLogic Server can be used as the base of a private cloud.
  • Database Management: Providing full support for Oracle Database 11g Release 2.
  • Application Quality Management: Provides testing solutions for mission-critical applications including automated testing functions for packaged and SOA applications.

Business Application Management

The upgraded application management gives users a holistic view of their entire business cycle with the ability to track the actions of business users, their transactions and how they work with applications. There are two elements to this:

  • Real User Experience Insight v6.5: Gives user’s performance analytics with usage statistics for real and “what if” transactions as well as integrated analysis of Seibel CRM and E-Business Suite from a single console.
  • Business Transaction Management: Tracks all business transactions and content through different IT tiers, applications and provides business impact analysis for those transactions.

Integrated Systems Management

Integration of EM’s console aims to better manage business systems. New components here include:

  • Configuration Management: Complete lifecycle management and discovery and configuration analysis for detecting problems before they happen
  • Automated workflow: Detection of IT areas that require patching and deployment of those patches.

Oracle And Sun

Last week at the IOUG conference Oracle president Charles Phillips told the audience that the acquisition was about building a complete stack from databases to applications and that the buyout was just an extension of what Oracle has been doing for years.

The acquisition of Sun will result in an integrated technology stack bringing together all from including databases, middleware and hardware. The release of 11g is a significant step towards that.