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BMC extends SmartDBA management tool functionality

BMC Software is adding online database reorganisation capabilities to the Space Expert component of its SmartDBA database...

BMC Software is adding online database reorganisation capabilities to the Space Expert component of its SmartDBA database management tools suite in a bid to improve "business availability" for users.

SmartDBA also is being integrated with BMC's Patrol systems management platform to enable information sharing between database administrators and systems administrators.

SmartDBA is a suite of Web-based management tools. Version 4.3 of Space Expert is intended to enable optimal database performance, reclaim space and proactively prevent outages while applying sophisticated analysis techniques. The built-in reorganisation feature allows database administrators to reorganise databases online while providing read and write access to database applications with no downtime.

"This enables our customers to reorganise their table spaces, their Oracle databases, without having to take the database off-line," Tim Muecing, BMC director of product management, said.

BMC is also adding integration between the SmartDBA Cockpit, which is the SmartDBA management console, and Patrol. This provides database administrators with a view of all database instances across an enterprise and enables synchronised event monitoring with system administrators.

SmartDBA systems that are integrated with Patrol will be available in July, with pricing starting at $2,255 (£1,472). Space Expert 4.3 will be available around the same time, with prices starting at $1,650 (£1,078).

BMC expects to offer online reorganisation capabilities for IBM DB2 UDB databases on Unix and Windows NT later this year

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