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Oracle® Enterprise Manager Administrator's Guide for Software and Server Provisioning and Patching
11g Release 1 (11.1.0.1.0)

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1 Overview of Lifecycle Management Solutions

This chapter provides an overview of the lifecycle management solutions offered by Enterprise Manager Grid Control. In particular, this chapter covers the following:

Lifecycle Management Challenges

In today's world, proliferation of low cost servers in our data centers and numerous software deployments on those servers have brought in a fresh set of lifecycle management challenges.

One of the well-acknowledged problems include the difficulty in managing consistency and compatibility across operating systems and software deployments, server drifts and security vulnerabilities that lead to lack of compliance. Besides that, other problems include the difficulty in deploying new software and maintaining them, difficulty in provisioning new servers with variety of configurations and maintaining them, and difficulty in adapting to changes in workload of the environment.

These lifecycle management challenges eventually result in system administrators and database administrators spending significant amount of their time in software and server provisioning and maintenance operations.

Enterprise Manager Grid Control's Lifecycle Management Solutions

Enterprise Manager Grid Control offers lifecycle management solutions in the form of Deployment Procedures that help you manage the entire lifecycle of software, applications, and servers. Using Deployment Procedures, you can automate not only the deployment of software, applications, and servers but also the maintenance of these deployments. This makes critical data center operations easy, efficient, and scalable resulting in lower operational risk and cost of ownership.

The provisioning and patching solutions are offered across the stack for:

The following illustrates how Enterprise Manager Grid Control manages the software lifecycle using its Deployment Procedures:

Figure 1-1 Software Lifecycle Management Overview

Software Lifecycle Management Overview

You can see in the illustration that Enterprise Manager Grid Control orchestrates the initial reference sandbox deployment and then the mass unattended deployment of gold images created from these reference deployments.

Besides deployment of software, Enterprise Manager Grid Control also automates the ongoing patch lifecycle management of these deployments - proactively informs you about the critical patches and vulnerabilities in the deployments, automatically downloads the required patches, applies them to the deployments, and also verifies whether the patches were applied successfully.

Benefits of Using Provisioning and Patching Features

The following are the advantages of using the provisioning and patching features offered by Enterprise Manager Grid Control:

Success Stories

NetApp Uses Automated Provisioning to Reduce Manual Effort Time from a Few Weeks to a Few Clicks

"With Oracle Enterprise Manager, we are now able to meet corporate standards 100% of the time. And, our pre-patched gold images, enabled by Oracle Enterprise Manager, save time and resources."

– Alok Arora, Director, Enterprise Integration and Architecture, NetApp, Inc.


NetApp, formerly Network Appliance, creates innovative storage and data management solutions that help its customers accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost efficiency. NetApp's dedication to principles of simplicity, innovation, and customer success has made it one of the fastest-growing storage and data management providers today.

The following were their lifecycle management challenges:

The following were the lifecycle management solutions offered by Oracle:

More Success Stories

To view more success stories and understand how Enterprise Manager Grid Control's lifecycle management solutions help organizations control IT management costs while improving the quality of their services, access the following URL:

http://www.oracle.com/customers/products/ent_manager.html