The Oracle Cloud Observability and Management Platform is now available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The platform, which was announced at the beginning of October, consists of a suite of services that provide a unified view across the entire software stack.
The platform aggregates all observability data for comprehensive analysis and applies operations-optimized machine learning algorithms that can help identify any abnormal system behaviors, while rapidly isolating and remedying performance problems. The platform can also prevent outages by providing accurate forecasting of impending issues.
There are also new additional services for logging analytics, database management, application performance monitoring, operations insights, and a Service Connector Hub. The platform also rolls in existing Oracle tools for system monitoring, notifications, and events and functions, among others.
The service features more than 250 data parsers that connect to Oracle and non-Oracle components, which offers the ability to audit logs from on-premises systems, OCI, and applications running on other public clouds. As the platform has adopted an open, standards-based approach that is vendor-agnostic, it also supports ecosystem compatibility out-of-the-box with Slack, Grafana, Twilio, PagerDuty, and others.
Despite the new offerings, there is one potential obstacle in the way of Oracle's new platform: convincing customers that it's a substitute for established tools from other specialized vendors— especially considering that Oracle still lags behind Microsoft, AWS, and Google in the cloud market share.
Though, Oracle has made steady progress in SaaS migrating customers from on-premises products. And analysts suggest that the new platform should appeal to existing customers, particularly those that use its core database. Oracle’s core database remains the market share leader by a considerable margin and is used in numerous applications that run critical processes in enterprises around the world.
“IT operations and DevOps practitioners are often unable to maintain high service levels across applications that span on-premises or in multiple clouds,” Clay Magouyrk, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure Engineering explains. “Furthermore, they lack the visibility to see all of their IT footprint, across all layers and all platforms. The insights they get might conflict across specialized tools, which have only partial coverage.”
By eliminating the complexity and reducing the risks and costs associated with the general multi-tool approach, Oracle hopes that this platform will make the process of overall management highly intuitive and cost-effective.