RE: Grid Control - opinions please

  • From: "Matthew Zito" <mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jkstill@xxxxxxxxx>, "Oracle-L Freelists" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 16:25:33 -0400

Ooook, so, I'll take a stab at this.  
Basically, 10gR2 Grid Control is a significantly improved product over
R1.  It still requires a very heavy agent on your databases, and it
still only does the vast majority of its functionality on 10gR2.  A lot
of the stated functionality is little more than proof-of-concept code,
and only going to work in a very vanilla (Read: Linux, 10gR2, RAC)
environment.  The UI is terrible, as its based on one of the Oracle
applications components (forms? portal?), and its very geared towards
you "touching" one database at a time.  
It's perfectly fine for basic monitoring, some basic performance data,
and some basic operational mangement.  Beyond that, you're going to have
to look elsewhere.
(Full disclosure: we make a software product that is often compared to
Grid Control, though I'd argue they're very different beasts).
Matthew Zito
Chief Scientist
GridApp Systems
P: 646-452-4090


From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jared Still
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 4:17 PM
To: Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: Re: Grid Control - opinions please


Two hours and no responses.

GC does not appear to be in wide use.

On 4/5/06, Jared Still <jkstill@xxxxxxxxx > wrote: 

        Well, is that subject a loaded question, or what? 
        Background: I have never used OEM.
        Well, I have actually, but only long enough to try it and
discard it
        because I didn't like it too much.
        I've been told that GC is completely re-written and a much 
        better product than OEM.  What I want to find out is if there
        is some community concensus to back up that claims.
        Let's assume none of the add-on packs ($$$$) will be used,
        and RAC is not involved.
        What does GC bring to the table that is worthwhile in your
        I was also told that GC could be used to (easily?) download and
        apply Critical Patch Updates.  Maybe not quite automated, but
        simplified at least.  Has anyone experienced that? 
        It was also stated that this beast would require 8Gig of RAM,
        which seems rather excessive.
        Jared Still
        Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist 

Jared Still
Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist

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