Friday, October 14, 2011

Grid control 12c

I've been spending my week playing with Grid Control 12c. I know it has only been out just over a week, but I was very excited to see if it is that much better than grid 11g. My company is currently rolling out Grid 11g, and I wanted to see if we should be pushing for grid 12c right on it's heels.

I am extremely impressed with this product, so much so that I set up a virtual environment with Grid 12c to check it out.

I've spent the last couple of days getting my exadata configured in grid 12c. After a couple of false starts (and reinstalling of the agent) I finally got it up and running. These are my lessons learned
  • First discover your database nodes, and make sure the name you use is the default fully qualified name.
  • Add the database machine as a target, and make sure you have all the passwords including the nm2user on the IB switches (password is changeme), and you also need the id and password for the PDU (admin/admin).
Once you get these all set, Grid 12c will recognize your machine, and you will see wonderous things. Here are 2 example screens from an exadata..

The first one shows the IB traffic through the switch,

The second one shows the combined load on the Storage cells.

Even if you don't have an exadata, here is my favorite ASH analytics. Notice the timeframe is very small.

It is definately worth checking out.

Monday, October 3, 2011

10 x 10=100. Larryisnm's from oow11

I wanted to put down my impressions on the big announcements at openworld this year. First is Exalytics.. Analyitics at the speed of throught. This is an intriguing product, and I can definately see the uses for applications where real time analytics is key. I think for most of us, this appliance is going to be out of our range. I know I don't know of any business cases. No prices was mentioned either. Second was EM grid 12c. Now this was pretty impressive. I was surprised on all the enhancements that was put into it. It really seems to do a nice job of centralized for Cloud support. I was especially impressed with the virtualization pieces. The provisioning, and support of virtual environments is a great component. It is also a very big carrot for those companies turning to virtualization, and aren't sure whether to choose VMware or Oracle VM. Big Data Appliance. - This one I am waiting to see more specs on. it looks interesting, but what is the licensing model ? I can't believe that there is no software licensing (other than OS pieces). All these are interesting announcments, but I think the 12c features was the most interesting to me. IF only the documentation was available I would install it right now.