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What Your Organization Needs to Know About the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework

Author: Chad Cleveland | | December 11, 2019

The Oracle Autonomous Health Framework provides system and database administrators with a powerful tool for keeping Oracle clusters and databases operating properly. It bundles together diagnostic tools that proactively address run time issues that could impact the performance or availability of these systems, with the goal of minimizing hands-on time from human staff.

What is the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework

At its most basic level, the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework brings several components together to collect and analyze diagnostic information. In some cases, it can use this data to prevent issues from impacting clusterware or the database. Oracle Support frequently requests that this information is available during troubleshooting, so you take care of that step in advance.

You get early warnings as these components work together, or notifications when it resolves an issue without any manual input.

The following components make up the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework:

  • Oracle ORAchk/EXAchk: These components work together to establish a health check framework.
  • Cluster Health Monitor: This component tracks Oracle Clusterware and OS resource metrics. It leverages machine learning to improve its accuracy and the usefulness of its reporting.
  • Oracle Trace File Analyzer Collector: This utility streamlines the data collection process that’s associated with running diagnostics on many areas of the Oracle cluster, grid, Oracle RAC, and stand-alone databases.
  • Oracle Cluster Health Advisor: This component looks for the telltale signs that indicate potential database availability or performance issues and sends out warnings as necessary.
  • Memory Guard: This Oracle RAC environment feature lessens the chances that node stress occurs because there isn’t enough memory available for these operations.
  • Hang Manager: This is another Oracle RAC environment feature that automatically fixes hangs so that the database remains available to users.
  • Oracle Database Quality of Service Management: This management utility handles resources that are used by multiple applications.

What can the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework Do?

The Oracle Autonomous Health Framework is an invaluable tool during installations, upgrades, normal run time, and other routine processes. It monitors database performance and availability when determining whether it needs to intervene by alerting the database team or by fixing it automatically.

The availability issues that it looks for include software problems that can arise with the operating system, the database, or the Oracle Grid Infrastructure. On the hardware side of things, it also tracks storage, network status, CPU usage, and the memory load. These problems can result in the Oracle database going unresponsive.

Common performance concerns come from improperly configured software, bugs that pop up in a production environment, contention with data and other software-related areas. On the client-side, you could be dealing with too much demand, poor connection management, and incorrect query types.

Generally, the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework categorizes performance issues under the database server or the client itself so it’s clear where it originates. By identifying the root cause of the problems, database administrators know where to start, and the Oracle Support representatives also have necessary information to provide a fast resolution.

How the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework Benefits Your Healthcare Organization?

Automates Diagnostics

Experienced database and system administrators may know the early warning signs of an imminent database crash or understand the factors that are impacting performance. However, they have many duties they need to attend to throughout the day. This framework automatically handles many of those ongoing diagnostic evaluations so your administrators can focus their time on other essential tasks and strategic decision making.

Speeds Up Resolutions

Even if the framework can’t immediately fix the database issue, it gives you the critical diagnostic data that’s needed for a resolution. Whether you handle Oracle tickets in-house or you have a contract in place with Oracle Support, you would have to get information from the framework’s components anyway.

Reduces the Risk of Downtime

Unexpected downtime and database availability issues lead to a variety of problems in the work environment. The Oracle Autonomous Health Framework allows your IT team to learn about potential problems before they have a significant impact on everyone’s workday. Depending on the applications that depend on the databases and clusters, this could save your organization millions by keeping everything up and running.

Conveniently Bundles Useful Oracle Components

These Oracle components are available on an individual basis, but it’s much easier to simply install the Framework to get them up and running all at once. These components run in daemon mode on a 24/7 basis to provide continual monitoring, analytics, warnings, and troubleshooting.

Automates Resource Allocation

Database and cluster resources are allocated automatically to adjust based on your service level agreements and performance goals.

Implementing the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework

Implementing the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework may be a project that outstrips your current Oracle resources. Partnering with a managed IT support company that specializes in database administration can make this process a smooth and seamless one. Datavail has more than 1,000 data experts. You can bring in a team that knows all the ins-and-outs with the Oracle Autonomous Health Framework through this specialized service. When you bring in Oracle experts, they will guide you to getting the maximum value out of your databases, clusters, and their components.


Assistance with both short-term and ongoing projects is available, so you can get the level of service that works best for your organization. Contact us today to talk about your Oracle Autonomous Health Framework deployment.

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