Oracle beefs up Enterprise Manager

Oracle Corp. has released several plug-ins that extend its database and applications management tools to cover a wide range of Microsoft Corp. products, including its SQL Server database, Oracle announced Wednesday.

The plug-ins for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control can be downloaded now for US$1,500 each per CPU (central processing unit), Oracle said. They are also available for Microsoft’s Active Directory, BizTalk Server, Commerce Server, Internet Security and Acceleration Server, Internet Information Services and .Net Framework.

The plug-ins will help customers using Enterprise Manager to reduce the cost and complexity of managing mixed Oracle and Microsoft environments, since they can use the one product to manage both environments, Oracle said.

The company didn’t say which version of SQL Server its plug-in supports and it wasn’t clear if Microsoft’s latest SQL Server 2005 database is included. Oracle, in Redwood Shores, California, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Oracle said last August that it would extend the capabilities of Enterprise Manager to include other vendors’ products. It has since released plug-ins for IBM Corp.’s DB2 database and WebSphere application server, and BEA Systems Inc.’s application server.

The Oracle plug-ins build on the existing support for Microsoft software in Enterprise Manager, Oracle said.

The SQL Server plug-in gives availability, performance and configuration information. Customers running applications on Oracle and SQL Server can centralize the monitoring information in Enterprise Manager, model and view the topology of applications, and perform root cause analysis, Oracle said. More information is at this Web site.

Other vendors, such as Quest Software Corp. and BMC Software Inc., have also been extending their management tools to let customers manage mixed environments from a single console.

Separately Wednesday, Quest announced a new tool for monitoring the performance of Oracle Real Application Clusters, an Oracle add-on that lets customers tie databases together to improve performance.

Spotlight on Oracle RAC gives a graphical view of the internal performance of an Oracle RAC configuration, including diagnostic data for nodes, interconnects and shared disks, according to Quest. Version 1.0 is available now from $3,240 per server, Quest said.

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