Precise Beefs Up SQL Server Tool

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-04 Print this article Print

Precise enhances its application performance monitoring software for Microsoft SQL Server databases.

Precise Software Solutions Inc. is beefing up Precise/Indepth for SQL Server, its application performance monitoring software for Microsoft Corp. SQL Server databases, the company announced on Wednesday. Precise/Indepth for SQL Server 1.5 features enhanced support for index recommendations, which, along with statistics, are now displayed to the administrator. With the upgrade, users can also more easily track historical performance changes to SQL statements that get changed over time. Space usage has also been tweaked. Space usage over time is now collected for database, files and individual objects. The information can be stored and analyzed to discern trends.
Also new in Version 1.5 is that unused indexes can be displayed for a table or an entire database. Improvements have also been made to the Statement Locator.
Precise also announced two new add-on products. Precise/Interpoint for COM+ takes a snapshot of database and application performance by correlating database and operating system activity with COM+ application performance. It identifies and tracks problematic SQL statements from user level down to class object and further on to actual SQL Server database call. The second add-on product, Precise/Storage for Windows, gives visibility into performance of IDE, SCSI, HDS Lightning 99xx/Thunder92xx and HP StorageWorks XP storage arrays. The tool enables monitoring and tuning of performance as well as the viewing and correlation of specific SQL statements. Precise/Indepth for SQL Server 1.5 and the two add-on products are available immediately. Precise/Indepth pricing depends on server configuration and starts at $5,000. Storage for Windows is $1,750 and up, based on sever configuration. Interpoint for COM+ is $1,250 and up, based on sever configuration. Precise is in Westwood, Mass.
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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