Oracle Press Release

Oracle Extends Configuration Management Capabilities in Oracle® Enterprise Manager

New Configuration Change Console Enhances Real-Time Configuration Change Detection, Reporting and IT Compliance Automation

Redwood Shores, CA - December 10, 2008

News Facts

Extending its ability to manage configurations and automate IT processes, Oracle today announced enhancements to Oracle® Configuration Management Pack, a key component of Oracle Enterprise Manager.
With this release, Oracle Configuration Management Pack, available for Oracle Database, Oracle Middleware and non-Oracle systems, adds comprehensive, continuous, real-time detection, validation and reporting of authorized and unauthorized configuration changes, across Oracle and non-Oracle environments.
These capabilities, delivered through the new Configuration Change Console, enable customers to monitor changes in IT environments more efficiently while reducing costs, helping to improve service levels and to meet compliance objectives.

Building on Top-Down Application Management Capabilities

Oracle Configuration Management Pack enhances Oracle Enterprise Manager’s unique top-down approach to application management by providing a comprehensive configuration management solution out-of-the-box. Through proactive change detection and configuration policies for the entire application environment, Oracle Enterprise Manager delivers a richer perspective on the health of business applications.
Highlights of the Oracle Configuration Management Pack with new Configuration Change Console include:
Real-time configuration change detection across the enterprise -- allows customers to detect and monitor configuration changes in a broad range of IT components including servers, databases, middleware, applications and individual point-of-sale devices;
Out-of-the-box configuration compliance policies and framework -- facilitate the customer’s ability to define and implement controls in accordance with regulatory and industry standards as well as best practices including Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI and ITIL;
Discovery and asset tracking -- enables configuration information to be automatically collected in real time and accessible from a central console, providing a comprehensive view of all heterogeneous components in the data center;
Analytics and reporting -- provides a consolidated view of all changes and a rich set of standard and ad-hoc reports and search capabilities that enable administrators to view all aspects of configurations across the enterprise;
Integration with popular Change Management Systems -- enables customers to leverage their existing investments when using popular change management systems such as BMC Remedy BMC Remedy IT Service Management. Provides closed loop reconciliation on change requests identifying authorized and unauthorized changes; and
Open and Extensible Solution -- helps customers to greatly reduce the time and the cost of managing configuration compliance in heterogeneous environments by utilizing Oracle Enterprise Manager's extensibility framework, out-of-box capabilities, user-defined policies and groups to automate manual scripts, reports and processes.

Supporting Quotes

"Oracle continues to deliver on its commitment to top-down application management with the latest release of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Configuration Management Pack. Customers can now leverage the additional rich features, like those provided with the new Configuration Change Console, to help them simplify day to day IT management activities, ensure systems are compliant and reduce their overall costs," said Richard Sarwal, Oracle senior vice president Product Development.
"Cummins Business Services IT (CBS IT) evaluated Oracle's Configuration Change Console as part of the beta program. We at CBS IT especially liked the product's ability to pinpoint exactly when, where, and what configuration changes were made and by whom. The product provides out-of-the-box policies, along with an extensible policy-based framework, that allows an enterprise IT department to quickly meet compliance requirements. Production deployment of the product should improve compliance readiness, save administrator time, and help meet other business objectives such as maintaining service levels," said Srinivas Yerragolla, IT Manager, Cummins.
"Ingersoll Rand recently evaluated Oracle’s Configuration Change Console beta version to help us manage our IT configuration as well as implement corporate policies. Using the Console’s dashboards and built-in reports, our administrators were able to monitor configurations across our environments. We feel confident that Oracle Configuration Change Console will save our administrator’s time, help us enforce strict change management controls and reduce our IT operations overhead while increasing the level of service to our business units," said Mervyn Lally, Manager, Enterprise Technology and Architecture, Ingersoll Rand.

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