After a week of catch-up, I can finally share my experiences at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. It was an excellent trip and conference. We arrived early and headed to Yosemite. It was about 3.5 hours from SF, but was well worth the 7 hours of driving round-trip. Nature’s beauty cannot be captured in words or pictures! The things I will remember most about the park is rock “scrambling”, drinking water from a mountain waterfall, and El Capitan.
The conference was packed with content. I always walk away with two to three new products to look at and track, a few new contacts and some great memories of the various conference events. This year the products I will be tracking are Oracle BeeHive, Enterprise Manager Configuration Change Console, Enterprise Manager Real User Experience and EEnterprise Manager 10.2.0.5.
Oracle BeeHive is a newly rewritten collaboration platform based on open standards and an object model based on some of Oracle’s technology stack objects such as SOA and BEPL. It looks extremely promising, but we thought that of Oracle Collaboration Suite. Collaboration Suite seemed like a duct tape approach and many of the technologies available to develop BeeHive simply were not available. We will definitely be installing and testing, hopefully that process fairs a bit better. We are told that the install is completely self contained except the database and completes in about 70 minutes.
Enterprise Manager Configuration Change Console is a product acquired by Oracle. It currently is a standalone product but will eventually be integrated in to EM. CCC installs kernel modules or uses OS API’s to “catch” events in real time. It audits everything from file open, file change, logins, etc all in real time. It will not only log the event, but will keep revision histories. Since it is working at the OS/kernel layer, it is much more efficient and accurate than standard diff approaches. Oracle’s OnDemand hosting uses this for all their production databases, applications and systems.
Enterprise Manager Real User Experience is a package the works with a mirror port to track and log all application traffic. It records full TCP transactions from client to web server to database, reporting on the actual user performance. It also acts as a troubleshooting tool to replay user sessions from the past. It actually is able to show you the HTML of the session.
Finally, Enterprise Manager 10.2.0.5 brings many enhancements. The features I am most excited about are the enhancements to it’s integration with Oracle VM. EM will now be able to perform many of the functions of Virtual Center such as Live Migration, High Availability, Migration based on policies, schedules and service levels. Very cool!
Larry Ellison keynote was OK. He announced a couple of new Oracle hardware products developed in conjunction with HP. I am not sure how that relationship occurred, the past couple of years Micheal Dell was on stage with Larry. The new products are Oracle Exadata and Oracle Database Machine. The Exadata is basically a 2u server with 2-socket quad-core processors and 12 disk drives. The Exadata acts as storage for an Oracle Database with the advantage of running parallel queries returning only data and not data blocks. A very interesting concept. Larry claims it is the faster data warehouse storage on the planet. We probably do not have a need for it yet, but an interesting partnership and piece of engineering.
The session were outstanding. I learned a great deal about the products above, how to manage our environment with EM and some excellent Linux troubleshooting and general configuration tips that we will be standarizing on. The conference renewed my excitement about EM and managing our environment using the Oracle ideal “manage many as one.”