Oracle has unveiled Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c, an update of its converged management platform offering improved capabilities to help customers adopt cloud computing by transforming existing IT into an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) deployment.
Part of Oracle's wider Enterprise Manager 12c product family, the update allows customers to centrally manage all Oracle systems deployed in traditional and cloud environments, including Engineered Systems, Sparc servers, x86 servers, Solaris, Linux, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, Sun Server Networking and virtual machines under Oracle Virtualisation.
"The Oracle management suite has now been upgraded to do cloud computing and self-service IT," Steve Wilson, Oracle vice president of development, explained to V3.
Wilson said that Ops Center 12c will also "unleash the power of Solaris 11" and is the first self-service portal designed to handle x86 servers and Sparc systems in a single platform, delivering the ease of operation afforded by some public cloud providers.
"The update will give customers the user experience they expect from Amazon EC2 within their own corporate firewall," said Wilson. "It is also the first time customers can build Sparc-based clouds."
Oracle said the Ops Center offers fault management capabilities that treat all the virtualisation technologies as a single stack, as well as storage and network intelligence and diagnostics to assist in the analysis of any problems that might arise affecting performance.
Enhancements in My Oracle Support are able to send cloud administrators automatic service requests and patch recommendations, which are now integrated with the Oracle Enterprise Manager patch planner.
"People can see the real-time status of their systems, and there is new integration with back-end support, so if anything goes wrong Oracle can be immediately notified," said Wilson.
Wilson added that customers would not face extra licensing charges or costs for extra support tools due to the upgrade.
Rosalie Marshall is the special projects editor and chief reporter at V3. Previously she was a reporter for IT Week and channel editor for online television site LocalGov.tv. Rosalie covers government IT, business applications, IT skills, open source technology and social networks.