What’s New Features in Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control 12c Release 5 (12.1.0.5)

I kept getting asked what’s new in Release 5 – so here’s the summary of what’s changed since 12.1.0.4.0 (the prior release for the past 12 months):

OEM Release 5 Download Web Site
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/grid-control/downloads/index.html

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e25353

What’s New in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 5 (12.1.0.5)

  •     Oracle Cloud Management (Hybrid Cloud)
  •     Database Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features
  •     Fusion Middleware Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features
  •     Cloud Management Plug-in 12.1.0.10 Features
  •     Chargeback and Consolidation Planner Plug-in 12.1.0.7 Features
  •     Virtual Infrastructure Plug-in 12.1.0.2

Oracle Cloud Management (Hybrid Cloud) – This enhancement is new in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Release 5 (12.1.0.5).
Enterprise Manager Cloud Control now provides you with a single pane of glass for monitoring and managing both your on-premise and Oracle Cloud deployments, all from the same management console. By deploying Management Agents onto the Oracle Cloud virtual hosts serving your Oracle Cloud services, you are able to manage Oracle Cloud targets just as you would any other targets. The communication between Management Agents and your on-premise Oracle management service instances is secure from external interference. Support is provided for managing Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware PaaS targets, as well as JVMD support for monitoring JVMs on your Oracle Cloud virtual hosts.

Oracle Cloud Management includes the following key features:

  •     Automated agent deployment and configuration
  •     Database and Java PaaS instances monitoring
  •     Incident management including notifications and ticketing integration
  •     Configuration management including Search and Inventory, comparison between on-premise and cloud instances, configuration history, and compliance
  •     Cloning between on-premise and Oracle Cloud
  •     One-off patching of Oracle Cloud database instances

Database Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features

  • Snap Clone Leveraging Sparse Clones on Exadata
    You can now create a Test Master pluggable database (PDB) to use as the snapshot source for thin cloning on Exadata ACFS.
    For functional testing scenarios, for example on development or testing systems, business IT users now have on-demand access to production data copies without incurring the penalty of multi-terrabyte storage.
  • Data Cloning to Oracle Cloud
    With this release you have the following data cloning to Oracle Cloud options:

    • Like-to-like cloning: on premise to-from Oracle Private Cloud:
      Enterprise Manager12c PDB to 12c PDB, assuming the containers exist on both sides
      Regular non-container dedicated database to dedicated database
    • Like-to-unlike data migration:
      Regular to PDB migration where the source is an on-premise non-PDB database and the data is migrated to a cloud based PDB
      PDB to normal database migration where the source is a PDB on an Oracle PaaS cloud and data and schema are migrated to a non-container CDB on premise

Fusion Middleware Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features

  • Generic JVM Provisioning for Private Cloud
    This feature enables self-service users to provision non-Oracle middleware components as cloud services. It also uses Enterprise Manager’s chargeback and quota management capabilities to enable administrators to limit service usage based on organizational policies.
  • JVMD Support for PaaS
    Enterprise Manager Cloud Control now enables you to deploy JVMD agents on your Oracle Cloud virtual hosts. These deployed JVMD agents can report to a JVMD engine deployed in your private network. This feature enables you to monitor the JVMs deployed on the virtual hosts running your Oracle Cloud services as well as the JVMs deployed on the hosts in your private network using a single console, for example Enterprise Manager Cloud Control deployed in your private network.
  • Middleware Self Service Portal Support for Virtual Java as a Service with Exalogic Systems
    WebLogic services that have been provisioned on Exalogic systems using Service Manager can now be viewed in the Cloud Self Service Portal as part of the Exalogic Private Cloud service family.
  • MWaaS on Solaris SPARC
    This project integrates MWaaS with the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. It provides the ability to dynamically add or remove the virtual hardware in a MWaaS cloud.

Cloud Management Plug-in 12.1.0.10 Features

  • Dynamic Scaling of PaaS Zone Through Integration with the Sun Solaris SPARC Ops Center 12c Adapter
    Enterprise Manager 12c is integrated with the Ops Center through the Sun Solaris SPARC adapter. An instance of this registered adapter is used by the associated PaaS Infrastructure zone to provision or delete VMs on demand. The communication with the Ops Center server is achieved through the use of a client kit.
    This integration enables customers to provide layered services capability in a private cloud, for example DBaaS using a Solaris VM based IaaS. Any spike in compute demand can now be handled instantly by cloud administrators.
  • DBaaS PaaS Provider Pools Integration with Ops Center
    Administrators can now increase the capacity of a DBaaS pool by clicking a single button. Doing this transparently provisions a virtual machine or cluster through the associated Ops Center adapter attached to the PaaS zone. It also deploys the requisite software components, for example Enterprise Manager Agent, Grid Infrastructure, Oracle Database and so on, through the gold image provisioning or by cloning from an existing reference member of the pool.
    Compute resource scarcity at PaaS provider level results in the failure of self service provisioning requests. This integration helps SSA administrators to respond to such failures promptly.
  • Clone to Oracle Cloud
    Administrators now have the ability to create a full clone of an Enterprise Manager 12c pluggable database amongst existing container databases within the on-premise IT infrastructure or to an Oracle Cloud. Administrators can also clone a service from on-premise to Oracle PaaS and vice-versa. The cloning is supported in two broad categories:

    •     Peer-peer clone: Clones directly from an on-premise target to Oracle Cloud.
    •     Clone through the Software Library: Administrators can archive a gold image into the Software Library in one step and then deploy it in a separate step.

Chargeback and Consolidation Planner Plug-in 12.1.0.7 Features

  • Host Consolidation Support for Oracle Cloud Shapes
    Oracle Enterprise Manager now provides host consolidation support for Oracle Cloud shapes. When creating scenarios for physical server to physical server (P2P) consolidations that target new or phantom destinations, you can choose physical machines configured in the Oracle cloud by selecting the cloud computing configuration, or shape, to use as the destination. Oracle provides a wide range of shapes to help you select a combination of processing power and memory for your instances that best suits your business requirements.

Virtual Infrastructure Plug-in 12.1.0.2

  • Dynamic Resource Provisioning Support
    Through integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, dynamic on-demand resource provisioning enables Oracle Cloud and self service administrators to dynamically increase or decrease resources in their private cloud setup based on usage requirements. Resources can either be infrastructure resources such as hosts (based on virtual machines) or platform resources such as middleware and database Oracle homes. Resources can be dynamically added when additional service instances need to be provisioned due to high usage or decreased if existing resources are not being used.

That’s it, in a nutshell.

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