It's powerful, easy to learn, and free! (Database Enterprise Edition**)
February 11, 2019

It's powerful, easy to learn, and free! (Database Enterprise Edition**)

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Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

We have Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition for our databases. Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control is free to use with Enterprise Edition given that you have bought diagnostic and tuning packs with your database license.

We are using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c for monitoring our database infrastructure which includes Physical Database Servers, CPU, Disk I/O, Memory and Database Services. We are using OEM Cloud Control for real-time database system monitoring and diagnostics.
  • Monitoring Templates: There are out of box monitoring templates for each target types, you can customize them or use them as it is.
  • Administrative Groups: This is a relatively new feature in OEM Cloud Control. This lets you create and manage your targets and monitoring templates smarter and with less re-work.
  • DB Monitoring: There are so many cool DB monitoring features and visual graphics, that it can be used by both DBA and functional people to see what's going on in the database.
  • OEM doesn't delete old fault alerts by itself. You have to go to the command line "emcli" to find those problems and faults and delete them manually. This can be achieved by creating and scheduling a periodic shell script as well.
  • It was very quick to implement the monitoring of our database infrastructure using OEM Cloud Control.
  • It reduced the amount of effort our team would have spent creating and managing numerous background monitoring scripts.
  • It's very helpful when somebody reports performance bottlenecks.
Since OEM Cloud Control comes free with Enterprise Edition, we have mostly worked on OEM Cloud Control. I did have my fair share of experience with DBArtisan. It's good and lighter than OEM Cloud Control. It sort of removes your need to even go to SQLPLUS command line most of the time. But it is way behind OEM Cloud Control in terms of features.
I wish I had an option to give it a 9.5 :) OEM Cloud Control is very well suited if you have a system with multiple implementations of Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.

If you are willing to pay for the huge license cost which is typical with Oracle, then you will love to use OEM Cloud Control to monitor your entire ERP solution including web servers, applications, network, storage, and physical servers.

It is not worth the buck if your's is a small implementation. Your DBA's should be able to work without depending on OEM Cloud Control.

Evaluating Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and Competitors

  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Product Features and Price (Being Free with our existing database purchases) were the top reasons we chose to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.
We are happy with the product, yet we would like to get some training on the product for our technical team who directly and indirectly use the product.

Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

It's great! It does everything and anything you would want it to do. It can monitor things which doesn't comes out of the box by adding plug ins to it, for example, you can even monitor Oracle GoldenGate Replication by adding a plug-in to OEM Cloud Control.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
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  • Analyzing and Comparing Database AWR Reports.
  • SQL Tuning is easy and elegant. It's mostly like few clicks of buttons.
  • Performance Monitoring and resource consumption visual charts.
  • Incident Manager could be a little more easy to manage.