Progress, BMC Manage Data

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-09-08 Print this article Print

Database management vendors are forging strategic partnerships to help keep databases up and running.

Database management vendors The Progress Co. and BMC Software Inc. are each forging strategic partnerships to help keep databases up and running and synchronized like finely tuned Swiss clocks.

Progress, a unit of Progress Software Corp., is joining an application hosting company—NaviSite Inc.—to offer brawny business continuity services. Progress, of Bedford, Mass., is pairing its Fathom product line, which provides proactive database monitoring and data replication, with NaviSites A-Services to offer Progress partners and customers automated, guaranteed, near-real-time failover and data recovery.

Progress officials said that human error was the principal cause of data loss. To combat business downtime and data loss, the two companies will offer a line of managed hosting and application services that will provide near-real-time data recovery for applications that are based on Progress technology.

The services, named Business Continuity Progress Edition, will cover Progress database management and are aimed at small and midsize businesses. Theyll offer three levels: Remote Data Backup, Warm Standby and Hot Standby.

Separately, Houston-based BMC will outfit its namesake SmartDBA data management portfolio with GoldenGate Software Inc.s data synchronization technology, called GoldenGate 7.0. This is intended to give customers end-to-end data management and synchronization with real-time data coordination, database infrastructure monitoring and management.

The need for synchronized environments that offer real-time data coordination is acute, particularly in heterogeneous environments, according to Jasmine Noel, an analyst at JNoel Associates, in Boston. With synchronized systems, queries can grab data in a transactional system that is based on, for example, an Oracle Corp. database. That data can then be synchronized with a decision support system based on, for example, a Microsoft Corp. SQL Server database. "That way, my executives can run all the decisions they want based on real-time data without hurting the availability and performance of the transaction system," Noel said.

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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