I am working with a customer who has several SQL Server and Oracle DBMS server instances. My customer would like to setup up performance data collection, monitoring and alerting for all of their databases. My strength is in SQL Server and I know lots of products/tools for doing this there, but there seems to be very few options for one tool or product that can do both Oracle and SQL Server at the same time.

One option that has been suggested is Oracle Performance Manager, which apparently can also monitor SQL Server. I have been trying to read up on it, but there's a lot of doc out there and I am not very familiar with it's implicit context (the Oracle Product suite(s)) so I am having trouble filtering it down to the parts that I need right now to make a recommendation to my client.

Here are the things that I am trying to figure out:

  1. Does Oracle Performance Manager fulfill any/all of these Performance functions for Oracle databases?:

    a. Performance Data Collection (ie., retained in a database)

    b. Performance Monitoring (live views of performance)

    c. Performance Alerting (live notification of exceeding configurable thresholds)

    d. Performance Reporting (this would be nice but not necessary, I know how to write a report from data tables, even in Oracle)

  2. Which can Oracle Performance Manager fulfill for SQL Server databases?

  3. What specific Oracle Product(s) does my customer need to have or purchase in order to get these functions?

  4. Are there any other requirements or restrictions that we should know about?

Any help on this is much appreciated.

  • While not an answer to the question as stated, confio.com has a tool that does performance monitoring for Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, and Sybase databases. I test drove it a while back and it might do all that you are looking for.
    – gsiems
    Oct 15, 2013 at 14:43

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  1. I think you are probably looking for Oracle Enterprise Manager or OEM as it is normally referred as, a good starting point for more information is here.

    • a. Oracle database starting with 10G+ do their own data collection (Automatic workload Repository), however, you need to be licensed to access much of that data. You can still use statspack (which is free). OEM actually uses this collected performance metrics and uses them for display via its pages.
    • b. Live views are available to use (the V$ and GV$) in Oracle, no experience with SQLServer, but I suspect you have similar views available.
    • c. OEM can send you alerts on events and conditions that exceed user defined thresholds. This is configurable via templates or custom metrics (aka User Defined Metrics).
    • d. OEM has some performance reporting built-in, but you can use OEM repository to roll your own reports, it is not very difficult (have done it in the past). OEM repository is simply a different database, the SYSMAN schema contains tables and views which expose all collected data. You can adjust retention, only constrained by available storage. It can provide your historic information as well as realtime performance for Oracle. You will have to check the plug-in for similar capability for SQLServer.
  2. OEM can (with using optional plugins) monitor SQL Server, check this link for a brief overview. In my shop there is no SS, so I don't have first hand experience in using these plugins.

  3. Licensing information for OEM is here, I'd definitely recommend reading this manual to you and your customers.

  4. There could be, but once you read through the information linked above, you will get a better idea. Then a quick chat with your Oracle Sales team will yield more information as well.

  5. Some of the extension packs for OEM are listed here.

Hope this gives you enough information to get started on it.

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