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

In the realm of database analysis, Quest Central 2.7 now allows users to create a tuning plan. It also features a shared repository of analysis results, eliminating the need to e-mail such results. The update features a shared folder for XML files on the network, which reduces the amount of space needed for storage. The suites Knowledge Xpert has been enhanced. Quest Central, previous to this update, had generic help text and advice. Now, industry knowledge and expertise from Oracle experts has been collected and is served up in the background of the suites tools. When a DBA is analyzing a database, he or she can zero in on a flashing red light or a spike of performance issues, click on it, and the tool will explain what the problem is and how to resolve it, officials said.
A new summary report also features listings by state, with green or red color differentiation.
For space management, Quest Central now has new rules that help to automate object sizing and growth regulation. It also has the ability to restart standard and LiveReorg scripts—an important enhancement, considering that DBAs often have to start scripts over or even rebuild them when they run into issues. A wizard interface now automates scripts and gives DBAs the ability to restart. SQL tuning has also been tweaked, with the ability to query the SGA (System Global Area) and to run reports on top sessions for SQL. This last feature is also standard, being a part of the console with this update, and can name top offending users by session, by offending application or by offending SQL statement. Quest Central for Oracle 2.7 starts at $2,400 for a single component and $11,600 for the suite of all four components. It will be live on Quests site by Monday afternoon.

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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