Oracle on VMware Relationships: Getting the Visibility You Need

by bluemedora_editor on February 23, 2017

By: Lora Johnson

For Oracle database administrators (DBAs), a common problem comes from not having visibility into the Oracle on VMware relationships — making it challenging, if not impossible, to understand what issues are impacting performance, and even how to resolve these issues before they evolve into wide-reaching incidents and outages.

Blue Medora’s True Visibility Suite for Oracle simplifies the day-to-day of the Oracle DBA, extending visibility beyond what’s available in Oracle Enterprise Manager to include metrics, alerts and reporting in key workloads, such as PostgreSQL and VMware.

In this blog post, we’ll highlight how you can get the visibility you need into Oracle on VMware relationships in particular.

Extend EM12c to VMware

Oracle Enterprise Manager’s monitoring and management tool provides extensive insight into the performance of EM12c workloads, but it can be challenging to get visibility into other aspects of your environment, such as what may be running on virtual machines.

With the Blue Medora Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware, use a single console — rather than an extensive toolbox of different applications — to garner that visibility. Taking away the “black box” that commonly occurs with Oracle on VMware relationships means that you gain instant clarity into performance problems.

There are several ways that you can view this within the plugin. The Oracle Database on VMware dashboard provides a quick view of health and availability by hypervisor:

Virtual Machine Target Home Dashboard in Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware | Blue Medora

Figure 1: Gather important insight into the performance of virtual machines to see how your Oracle on VMware relationships are performing.


As you can see, on the left, you get a quick view of important details for the particular virtual machine, including key alerts and warnings. With the ability to extend the alerts and warnings functionality from Oracle Enterprise Manager into your virtual machines, you can resolve issues quicker — before they turn into incidents and outages that impact your end-user’s experience.

Another important view — the ESX Hypervisor Details — serves as a quick dashboard giving you insight into key metrics surrounding your hypervisor:

Hypervisor Target Home Dashboard in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware | Blue Medora

Figure 2: Eliminate the hunt for issues with a snapshot of key metrics related to each of your hypervisors.


Eliminate the Mystery of VMware Layers

Oracle Enterprise Manager offers best-in-breed visibility and monitoring for Oracle workloads… until you extend them to a virtual machine.

With a fog around Oracle workloads that are running on VMware, teams spin their wheels trying to find the root-cause of problems. Having no clear indicator of where the issue resides can lead to finger pointing between the Oracle, VMware and storage teams — leading to wasted time for mean-time-to-innocence hunts instead of resolving the issue.

With the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware from Blue Medora, gain access to more than 300 VMware metrics and 60 thresholds — all through remote agentless monitoring of VMware from a single OMA.

To learn more about the Plugin for VMware or to download a free trial, please visit the True Visibility Suite for Oracle page on Blue Medora’s website.


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