Quest Tool Ups DB Support

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

Quest Software's Benchmark Factory database, Web, mail and file server benchmarking tool version 3.1 shipped last month and gains a number of enhancements.

Quest Softwares Benchmark Factory database, Web, mail and file server benchmarking tool has long been a favorite of mine in tests, for its polished interface, ease of use, programmability, real-time feedback, detailed performance reports and trouble-free agents.

Version 3.1 shipped last month and gains a number of enhancements, most notably support for importing a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 activity trace table into a benchmark and certification of the tool with the PeopleSoft Web client.

The tool also has a handy SQL test feature that let me see the results of SQL queries I entered directly into the tool while creating a database benchmark—this is a quick way of finding out if the SQL is syntactically correct to do.

The SQL trace table import feature is a nice way of instantly creating a benchmark completely customized to an organizations exact workload (import of these files from older versions of SQL Server and Open Database Connectivity sessions are also supported). The software can also create Web tests based on imports from Quests Funnel Web Analyzer, a Web site log analysis tool.

Benchmark Factorys pricing starts at $10,000 for file and e-mail testing and $15,000 for database and Web testing.

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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