Here is another greate book i read and recommend, published by Packt and written by Ashwin Kumar Karkala and Govinda Raj Sambamurthy. This is about Oracle Enterprise Grid Control. Book is named with "Business Service Management" to impress the capabilities of Grid Control. Grid Control is not just for your Database Monitoring needs, but also for a complete service management which includes servers, applications, clusters also building and monitoring business services. This book is very well detailed to understand how big are the boundaries of Grid Control in monitoring the IT infrastructure.
Book starts with defining Business Service Management, how to manage the complexities of today's data centers and also touch upon Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) guidelines. Then continues with modelling groups and systems. OEM Grid Control offers capabilities to model IT infrastructure as systems, groups, and redundancy groups. Book covers all the three areas. Then modeling services like generic service target, web application target, forms application, and so on is discussed. A detailed topic of "Service Modeling Using Synthetic Transactions", dives deeper into the area of active monitoring using beacons and service tests. Book continues with "Modeling Service Metrics", "Service-Level Management", "Modeling Composite Business Services" and "Real-Time Business Service Monitoring". At the end you'll find a chapter which provides some of the best practices and recommendations around Business Service Management with OEM Grid Control. This chapters includes very valuable real world scenarios which add this book a great worth.
I strongly advise this book for current users of Enterprise Manager Grid Control to dive deep into details and take advantage of Grid Control in the widest sense. Also potential users of Grid Control will find very valuable information about the capabilities of this software.
You can find information and buy this book here: http://link.packtpub.com/GZNpvq.
Thanks to Ashwin Kumar Karkala and Govinda Raj Sambamurthy for the nights and weekends they spend for this book :)