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Latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release Supports Advanced Self-Service Automation for Oracle Multitenant

The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c now provides a turnkey database as a service (DBaaS) for Oracle Multitenant, an option for Oracle Database 12c.

With this release, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c supports the industry's broadest choices for delivering DBaaS, including full database instance, clone, schema, and pluggable database as a service. Customers can adopt Oracle Database 12c faster and quickly pave the way to a DBaaS delivery model.

At the same time, new optimizations to Oracle Real Application Testing allow administrators to quickly test, verify, and deploy database and infrastructure changes faster and with less risk to private clouds as well as traditional environments. This improves service quality and helps lower operational costs.

"The ability to offer database as a service with Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has proven to be invaluable for our customers. We are able to provision database services much faster, while our users are seeing much better performance and availability. One of the things our customers want is cloning of pluggable databases to test new versions of their applications against. For us, this has resulted in a tremendous demand for database as a service and that’s a big win for us,” says James Anthony, technology director, e-DBA Ltd.

Accelerating DBaaS Provisioning
Thanks to unique automation capabilities, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c dramatically simplifies the process of consolidating on Oracle Database 12c’s multitenant platform, from setup and testing to self-service enablement, metering and chargeback, and monitoring, managing, and optimization.

Oracle customers deploying pluggable DBaaS solutions can minimize risk and improve both agility and time-to-market through

  • Easy, automated migration from previous databases (for example, Oracle Database 11g Release 2) to the latest release of Oracle Database 12c
  • Self-service capabilities including provisioning, backup, restore, and retirement of pluggable database services
  • A DBaaS rapid start kit to automate the creation of a fully functional database cloud, with a complete solution for setting up Oracle Exadata as an out-of-the-box DBaaS platform
  • Chargeback or showback reporting for metering and accountability of services configured for pluggable database consumption
  • Complementary administrative capabilities to manage the performance and lifecycle of underlying container databases
  • A single service catalog for approved pluggable database configurations, providing standardization while accommodating a range of applications and users
  • Resource guarantees that enable the deployment of mixed workloads in a shared environment for enhanced performance and resource utilization
  • Quota, role-based access, and policy-based management to help enforce compliance and governance while reducing complexity
  • Comprehensive representational state transfer (REST) API support for integration with third-party automation systems or custom enterprise portals

Other Key New Features
Besides support for accelerated consolidation and self-service provisioning, the latest release also delivers the following key new features.

  • Testing as a service. With Oracle's self-service testing cloud for automated application, enhancements include support for functional and regression testing as well as load testing.
  • Minimal downtime maintenance. The out-of-place patching capability allows infrastructure and Oracle Real Application Clusters databases to be patched without requiring downtime during the patching process.
  • Data optimization. A new information lifecycle management advisor provides an in-depth heat map that displays information about tablespaces, segments, and other important data that is actively being queried or updated in the database, optimizing resource usage and helping lower storage costs.
  • Snap clone support for ZFS file system technology. In addition to existing support for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and NetApp, the new release supports generic ZFS file systems, enabling the solution to work uniformly on network-attached storage and storage area networks. Using the snap clone feature, a database of any size can be cloned within minutes, rather than hours or even days using traditional data transfer techniques.

Get more information about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Database 12c.

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