Oracle looks to scale management tool

Oracle plans to spruce up its Enterprise Manager tool to enable management of greater numbers of databases, a company official said on Monday.

The database and applications vendor was planning to preview the product at the International Oracle Users Group conference, IOUG Live, in Orlando this week, said Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle vice president of databases. "Basically, the goal is to make the database invisible to DBAs," Mendelsohn said.

The next generation of Enterprise Manager will enable DBAs to manage larger numbers of databases, Web servers, and other applications, according to Mendelsohn. "We've actually rewritten the product" with the next release, said Mendelsohn. In addition to scalability, other improvements include drill-down capabilities for gauging application performance.

Enterprise Manager has been bundled free with Oracle products such as the company's database and application server. According to Oracle's Web site, the product monitors and performs management tasks for the Oracle product stack, including databases, applications, Web components, and host operating systems

Oracle is not planning to enable Enterprise Manager to manage non-Oracle software such as IBM's DB2 database, but the product does integrate with products such as Hewlett-Packard's HP OpenView management system, which can provide heterogeneous management, Mendelsohn said.

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