OuterBay Lets DBAs Manage Data Growth

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-01-09 Print this article Print

Application Data Management suite monitors growth of databases, eliminates large production database copies.

OuterBay Technologies on Monday will roll out its Application Data Management suite, software that allows enterprises to monitor and manage data growth. The ADM suite consists of three key components: ARM (Application Resource Manager), Instance Generator and LiveArchive. ARM allows users to monitor, detect, diagnose and resolve data growth thats gotten out of hand. The tool provides data analysis for data growth management and performance optimization, such as analysis of existing data growth, data growth forecasts and "what-if" analysis of potential data policies.
Prior to this release, ARM was limited to support of Oracle Corp. and PeopleSoft Inc. applications data. With the technology integration that followed OuterBays October acquisition of BitByBit International came support for other enterprise applications, including IBMs DB2 and Informix data management software, Sybase Inc. databases, Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server, custom code and databases, and all leading hardware platforms. OuterBay officials said that future releases also will support SAP R/3 and Siebel Systems Inc. databases.
ADMs second component, Instance Generator, eliminates full-size production database copies in favor of smaller but relationally intact subsets of the database that provide more efficient test, development, staging and training environments. Instance Generator is the result of OuterBay having integrated BitByBits Subsetter product, which is technology dedicated to the problem of quickly creating appropriate subsets of data. LiveArchive improves application performance and reduces the downtime needed for worldwide consolidations and upgrades by managing application data growth, officials said. It works by identifying inactive application data and moving it onto more cost-effective storage, where it remains online and accessible to users from their existing application user interface. This results in a smaller, high-performance production database, OuterBay said. It is a result of OuterBays integration of BitByBits CheckMate archiving technology. Michael Howard, chairman and CEO of OuterBay, said that the motivation behind the expansion of the companys data management software is to address the fact that enterprises storage spending is skyrocketing. "While all application data is not equal, companies typically treat it as though it were," said Howard, in a statement. "As a result, spending on storage continues to skyrocket as enterprises address data growth by accommodating the problem." Analysts agree that the management of large databases is becoming an issue, as the size of data stores move from megabytes to gigabytes to terabytes. "Adding more enterprise-class disk arrays to the problem is becoming less of an option, not just for the added cost of higher-priced storage but also because of the time to back up and restore the data," said Carolyn DiCenzo, an analyst at Gartner, in a statement. "File-level [hierarchical storage management] products are often not a good fit for managing database growth, and, thus, there is a growing interest in products specifically designed to archive database data." The ADM suite is priced at approximately $1,000 per gigabyte.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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