Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control (V2) released

Oracle Announces Oracle(r) Enterprise Manager Partner Offering - Enabling Broader Management of Systems and Services in Grid Environments
Press Release

Support for Leading IT Infrastructure Products
In Release 2, Oracle Grid Control boasts strong support for products from a number of leading technology vendors. With improved insight into the performance of partner products, Oracle Grid Control allows administrators to more effectively detect and resolve issues in a grid computing environment. Available today are new plug-ins that enable Oracle Grid Control to deliver diagnostic and management capabilities for:

* BEA Systems WebLogic (version 7.0 and above);
* F5 Networks BIG-IP Server Load Balancer (version 9.0 and above);
* IBM WebSphere (version 5.0 and above); and,
* NetApp(r) fabric-attached storage systems.

Plug-ins for Check Point Software's VPN-1(r) Pro with integrated firewall functionality and Juniper Networks Firewalls, among others, are planned.

"As organizations continue to move toward enterprise grids, a centralized management system becomes even more critical," said Paul Weinstein, vice president of business development for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP). "Our integrated firewall and Virtual Private Network gateways coupled with Oracle Grid Control will enable us to offer our joint customers a secure, easily managed grid environment."

"Through this partner offering and the release of the BIG-IP Plug-in for Grid Control utilizing our iControl API, we are able to address customer demand for an integrated tool that monitors and configures the complete application and network infrastructure from one central location," said Jim Ritchings, vice president of Business Development at F5 Networks. "With Oracle Grid Control and F5's BIG-IP system customers now have access to highly available end-to-end application delivery networking, substantially lowering TCO."

"Enterprises are asking for our help in making systems manageability easier and less expensive," said Tony Scarfo, vice president of Global Alliances at Juniper Networks. "The Oracle Grid Control management plug-in for Juniper's Firewalls will provide our customers with a comprehensive tool for monitoring their entire IT environment."

"The combination of Oracle Grid Control and NetApp(r) storage systems provides our customers with a unique and systematic way to monitor their entire grid environment," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance. "We are delighted to be the first enterprise storage platform to be managed and monitored directly from Oracle Grid Control. Now customers can monitor the performance of their storage processor utilization and disk I/O and review and adjust NetApp storage system utilization. This is another great example of how NetApp and Oracle are working together to make enterprise grids simple to manage and cost effective."

Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 2 provides a single tool that can monitor and manage not only every Oracle software element in your grid, but also Web applications, hosts, and the network in between. Grid Control is also extensible via an SDK so customers can use it to monitor additional components that are not supported out-of-the box. It is available for download here.

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