Oracle Enterprise Manager Review

The agents for setup makes it easier to monitor databases as well as servers and SANs. Using, setting up, and maintaining the agents can be tedious.

Valuable Features:

Enterprise Manager comes with a suite of products that includes agents for setup. This makes it easier to monitor databases as well as servers and SANs.

Improvements to My Organization:

It's given us the ability to monitor multiple aspects of the organization. Also, the ability to monitor different versions of Oracle and different platforms has been helpful for our customers.

Room for Improvement:

Using, setting up, and maintaining the agents can be tedious and even almost a full-time job. Once it's done, it works pretty well. It's just setting them up that could use some improvements.

Deployment Issues:

We haven't had any issues with the deployment other than setting up the agents.

Stability Issues:

I've had problems with its reliability and speed. Sometimes even giving it a large amounts of software and hardware to run on, it can still be sluggish and fail to respond as quickly as you would think.

Scalability Issues:

It does seem to scale. Even when we throw thousands of objects at it, the scalability still seems to be there.

Initial Setup:

The newer versions are much simpler and they have a better look and feel, and once you get the agents taken care of, it goes a lot quicker.

Implementation Team:

We implemented it ourselves.

Other Advice:

If you are going to be database-heavy, and that is what you are going to be monitoring the most, then Enterprise Manager might be your best bet. If not, there are other options out there to look at to see which pieces you need to monitor. Do we need to monitor applications, servers, and networks? Figure out which part you're going to need for that.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're partners.
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