Oracle has released the latest update of its Enterprise Manager 12c platform for managing data centre infrastructure, adding push-button provisioning of complex application stacks and broadening its cloud orchestration and governance with more fine-grained user roles.
Available immediately, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 builds on the platform's capabilities for managing enterprise infrastructure, especially Oracle-based hardware and software, with a particular emphasis on building and operating private clouds.
The latest release focuses on three main areas, according to Dan Koloski, senior director for product management at Oracle; cloud automation, stack management and enterprise-grade management to allow cloud infrastructure to be used even for mission-critical applications.
"We've introduced more automation across a broader range of cloud and infrastructure services," Koloski told V3.
This includes an enhanced service catalogue that now includes more database, middleware and infrastructure services, in particular enabling databases to be deployed with high availability and disaster recovery capabilities in place.
"Customers don't just deploy such infrastructure for dev and test, but ultimately to expose the strongest capabilities for mission-critical workloads," he said.
Oracle has also expanded the chargeback and metering functions to allow organisations greater freedom in the way they operate financial accounting and control over resource allocation.
On the stack management side, Oracle has consolidated handling of its Fusion Middleware, which helps customers to manage very large estates, and added capabilities for exposing Java Virtual Machine (JVM) diagnostic information to developers.
Meanwhile, in the realm of security, Release 4 adds a new security console that enables audits of the Enterprise Manager configuration from a security perspective. It also adds more fine-grained control with private roles and preferred credentials, Koloski said.
"To be able to control exactly what users can carry out which actions against what part of the IT estate is critical when enterprises are looking to move to a more self-service mode for provisioning of resources," he explained.
Release 4 also adds support for the latest SNMP v3 protocol, including encryption, which enables it to be used securely in more heterogeneous environments.
While Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 can be used to manage both Oracle and third-party infrastructure, Koloski said the firm has worked hard to integrate support into its own products to deliver the greatest cost and efficiency savings.
"For about the last 30 years, enterprises have spent about two-thirds of their IT budget on just keeping things running. What we have discovered is that if we embed manageability into the platform we can cut those numbers in half," he said.
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