Quest Hones Database Management Tools

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-16 Print this article Print

Tools sport new memory management capabilities and automated advice that can help get DBAs out of tight spots.

Quest Software Inc. is rolling out a version of Quest Central for Oracle that sports new memory management capabilities and automated advice that can help get DBAs out of tight spots, the company announced on Monday. Quest Central for Oracle 2.7 is a collection of database management tools including Spotlight on Oracle, a diagnostics tool; SQLab Vision, a tuning tool; Live Space Management, a tool for managing space and reorganizing without taking a database down; and Knowledge Xpert, a tool that supplies definitions to help DBAs work through problems. TOAD (Tool for Oracle Application Developers), a database development product that normally ships with Quest Central versions, is not included in this version. TOAD will appear in Version 4.0, which will ship in the fall, said officials at the Irvine, Calif., company.
Quest Central for Oracle 2.7 enables database performance tuning, administration, performance diagnostics and space management in a single console. The update features an enhanced console that allows for user feedback, browsing thats enabled through a virtual tree, notification of license expiration and an option to automatically check for software updates.
The update will enable database administrators to view temporary and locally managed data files and tablespaces. It comes with new Table VOEs (Visual Object Editors), giving DBAs the ability to modify tables and their parameters. It also features the ability to kill user sessions from the console. As part of the standard console—i.e., shipping with any of the suites components—the software also provides the ability to look into Oracles Trace files through a GUI interface. Performance diagnostics were updated with new Oracle9i advisories, enhanced startup-up and loading views, and the ability to remember Windows sizing and positioning.

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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