Tools Give DBAs Control Over Apps

BMC Software Inc. and Princeton Softech Inc. have enhanced their respective database tools to improve uptime and performance.

BMC Software Inc. and Princeton Softech Inc. have enhanced their respective database tools to improve uptime and performance.

Enhancements in an upgrade to BMCs SmartDBA Performance Management software, to be announced this week, will enable database administrators to reorganize critical databases without taking them offline. The Houston-based company is also providing deeper integration between SmartDBA tools and its Patrol systems management software, officials said.

The online reorganization feature will be added as part of a new version of Space Expert, which will be available this month. Pricing for Space Expert 4.3 starts at $1,650.

Also this month, BMC will provide integration that will enable SmartDBA tools and Patrol to provide alerts of database problems to both systems consoles and to provide notification across the systems when a problem is resolved, officials said. Pricing for SmartDBA tools with Patrol integration starts at $2,255.

David Hadley, chief technology officer at DeepGreen Bank, said BMCs move to add more integration between its database tools and system management tools is valuable. The Seven Hills, Ohio, company uses some of the SmartDBA tools to manage multiple versions of Oracle Corp. databases, as well as Patrol for system management.

"It definitely was attractive for us to have the database monitoring capabilities of SmartDBA integrated into the Patrol console," Hadley said. "System availability is increasingly more important, and we need through our database and system monitoring to have 365-days-a-year, 24-hours-a-day coverage."

Separately, Princeton Softech, aiming to ease database archiving for enterprises, is planning to launch application-specific versions of its Active Archive Solutions software later this year, said Lisa Cash, CEO of the Princeton, N.J., company. Active archiving provides the ability not only to archive raw database data but also to include the data schema to maintain its integrity, Cash said.

The application-specific archiving software has built-in support for applications data models and preset business rules and archiving criteria to help ease setup for customers and provide more functionality, Cash said.

Princeton Softech plans to launch a version of Archive for Servers for PeopleSoft Inc.s enterprise software suite this quarter. A version for Oracle financials applications is due by years end or early next year.

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