Idera Keeps Up With SQL Server Proliferation

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-01-24 Print this article Print

Version 4.0 of Idera's SQL diagnostic manager has added a repository engine to capture performance analysis data from multiple SQL Servers.

To keep up with customers proliferating SQL Server instances, Idera has added a repository engine to capture performance analysis data from multiple SQL Servers in the latest version of its performance monitoring and diagnostics tool.

Version 4.0 of Ideras SQL diagnostic manager aims to help database administrators keep up with SQL Server infrastructures that are expanding from tens to hundreds or even thousands of instances.
The updates Metric Repository captures and stores performance and availability metrics from SQL Server instances across an enterprise in a central repository.
The stored information can be used for trend analysis, capacity planning, data comparison, data correlation and forecasting. New features also include best practice reporting, with pre-defined reports, sample reports and a guide to writing custom reports. Click here to read why change could be a good thing for SQL Server 2005. An enhanced Web console also now enables real-time remote monitoring of SQL Server 2005 instances from a Web browser. Also, SQL diagnostic manager 4.0 is now able to dispatch alerts to enterprise management frameworks such as Tivoli, HP OpenView and CA UniCenter. One customer testified as to the need to stay on top of SQL Server performance. "At WellPoint [formerly WellChoice Inc. and Empire BlueCross BlueShield of New York], SQL Server functions as the back-end to many of our business critical applications, including our Web site, that helps us serve over 5 million customers just in New York," Arun Modasra, WellPoints chief systems architect of Microsoft SQL Database Administration, was quoted as saying in a release. "We cant tolerate performance or availability problems in our environment. The central Metrics Repository and the new reporting and analytics capabilities in SQL diagnostic manager really enhance our ability to plan strategically and manage our SQL Server infrastructure proactively. This enables us to identify and resolve potential problems before they happen." The update is available now, priced at $1,295 per SQL Server instance, including the Web console. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for 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, 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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