9 Overview of Oracle SOA Management

The Oracle SOA Management Pack Enterprise Edition delivers comprehensive management capabilities for a Service-Oriented Architecture-based (SOA) environment. By combining SOA runtime governance, business-IT alignment, and SOA infrastructure management with Oracle's rich and comprehensive system management solution, Enterprise Manager Cloud Control significantly reduces the cost and complexity of managing SOA-based environments.

9.1 About Oracle SOA Management Pack Enterprise Edition

The following table highlights the main features of Oracle SOA Management Pack Enterprise Edition.

Table 9-1 Highlights of Oracle SOA Management Pack Enterprise Edition

Feature Benefit

Centralized management console

Provides administrators managing SOA environments with a consolidated browser-based view of the entire enterprise, thereby enabling them to monitor and manage all of their components from a central location.

Discovery and service modeling

Provides discovery of the following:

  • Oracle SOA Infrastructure deployed to the WebLogic Server.

  • Oracle SOA Composite applications deployed to the SOA Infrastructure.

  • Oracle BPEL processes deployed to the Oracle BPEL Process Manager (BPEL Process Manager) server and the dependent partner links.

  • Service Bus-based business and proxy services.

  • Service modeling offers out-of-the-box automated system modeling capabilities for the SOA infrastructure.

Runtime governance

Defines SOAP tests to measure and record availability and performance of partner links (or any Web service) and business/proxy services for historical trending, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis purposes. Also provides an error list of process instances with drill-downs into instance details.

Infrastructure management

Monitors the availability and performance of the SOA infrastructure components. Both current and historic availability of targets (such as BPEL Process Manager or Service Bus) are recorded for troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

Configuration management

Collects configuration information for the BPEL Process Manager server/domains/processes and Service Bus. The parameters can be refreshed, saved, or compared with another target. Different versions of the same target can also be compared.

Deployment automation

Automates the deployment of the following:

  • SOA Artifacts Provisioning: This includes provisioning of SOA Composites, Oracle WebLogic Server Policies, Assertion Templates, and JPS Policy and Credential Stores.

  • BPEL processes on BPEL Process Managers

  • Service Bus resources from a source domain to a target domain.

For detailed information on the provisioning procedures, see Enterprise Manager Administrator's Guide for Software and Server Provisioning and Patching.

Business-IT alignment

Enables you to consolidate the IT and business management tools into a unified system. BAM-EM integration unites business KPIs and system metrics in one system for correlation and trending.

Service level management

Enables you to monitor services from the end-user's perspective using service tests or synthetic transactions, model relationships between services and underlying IT components, and report on achieved service levels.

Historical analysis and reporting

Stores the collected metric and configuration data in a central repository, thereby enabling administrators to analyze metrics through various historical views and facilitate strategic trend analysis and reporting.

Instance Tracing

Allows you to trace the message flow across SOA Composites and SOA Infrastructure instances monitored by Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

Business Transaction Management

Provides monitoring of business transactions as they flow across tiers and continuous discovery of components, transaction flow, service dependencies and relationships.

Dehydration Store

Shows the performance of the database that is used by the SOA Infrastructure. Using this data, the SOA administrator can identify problems that are causing the performance bottleneck.

Error Hospital

Enables you to view an aggregate count of errors that have occurred in all SOA Composites deployed in the SOA Infrastructure. SOA Administrator can use this report to perform bulk recovery on a selected group of similar faults.