Tools Speed Database Recoveries

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-12-16 Print this article Print

BMC Software Inc. and ActiveBase Ltd. are delivering tools to enable databases to recover faster from crashes.

BMC Software Inc. and ActiveBase Ltd. are delivering tools to enable databases to recover faster from crashes.

Houston-based BMC this week is announcing seven data management tools for IBMs DB2 running in mainframe or distributed environments.

BMCs Recovery Management for DB2 1.1 features automatic selection of optimally efficient recovery strategies. The tool also lets database administrators run simulations to discover how long and how many resources it will take to recover a given database configuration.

One customer said automation features in Recovery Management could save him time compared with manual database log rollback.

"Depending on when you took your last backup and how much data you have, [that could take] hours," said Joe Borges, senior technical specialist at Bank of Montreal, in Toronto. "Right now, its very manual. If the product has the smarts to be able to do that itself, thats good."

A common theme with BMCs six other tool updates is new monitoring capabilities. For example, Version 2 of System Performance for DB2 features real-time monitoring and tuning of databases.

BMCs mainframe tools are available now. The distributed tools are due later this month.

Separately, ActiveBase, of Givatayim, Israel, last week introduced two Oracle Corp. database add-ons. ActiveBalance, available now, automatically balances loads among servers of multimode and replicated Oracle databases. The tool re-balances loads within 1 minute of failure and recovery, officials said.

ActivePool, due next quarter, speeds Oracle database application performance, reduces CPU load, improves an Oracle databases response time and increases database servers capacity.

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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