Quest DB2 Management Tool Supports Mainframes

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-05-16 Print this article Print

Quest Software expands its database management tool for IBM's DB2 Universal Database to mainframe platforms.

Quest Software Inc. is expanding its database management tool for IBMs DB2 Universal Database to mainframe platforms. Quest Central for DB2 Version 2.0, announced this week at the International DB2 Users Group conference in San Diego, supports IBMs z/0S and OS/390 mainframe operating systems in its suite of management tools. The combination means that customers can manage DB2 performance, database administration, space management and SQL tuning for both mainframe and distributed platforms within the same product, Quest officials said. Users also will be able to use the same user interface for the mainframe platforms that they use to manage DB2 on Windows, Unix and Linux.
The mainframe support, according to Quest, will help eliminate the need for users to learn different tools for mainframe and distributed environments, something thats increasingly important with the shortage of IT workers skilled in both areas.
Quest, of Irvine, Calif., also has added enhancements to Version 2.0 that extend historical performance and tuning capabilities for DB2 on Windows and Unix. Now database administrators can capture complete database workloads in order to perform SQL analysis on statements, transactions, users and applications. Additional monitoring capabilities allow users to record and play back key performance metrics and SQL statements for a set time period so they can diagnose performance issues. Pricing for Quest Central for DB2 Version 2.0, which will be available in June, starts at $16,000 per server.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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