Oracle World: Boost for database management tools

Oracle is moving to centralise systems management, monitoring and performance-analysis operations for users of its databases and...

Oracle is moving to centralise systems management, monitoring and performance-analysis operations for users of its databases and middleware.

At its OracleWorld conference in San Francisco next week, Oracle will announce the latest version of its Enterprise Manager software. Version 4.0 will let IT staffers monitor their entire Oracle database installations, from the underlying hardware to end-user devices.

"Right now, when people look at performance, they look at the systems but don't see it from an end-user perspective," said Rene Bonvanie, vice-president of marketing for Oracle9i products. But, he added, the Enterprise Manager upgrade will let administrators monitor complete technology stacks without having to cobble together multiple management applications.

Version 4.0 will also add the ability to view various performance benchmarks, such as query response times, through a single user interface, Bonvanie said. In addition, it can track what software patches a user has installed and how well they are performing.

IBM is building self-tuning and self-management capabilities into an upgrade of its DB2 database that is due out late this month, and Microsoft claims to have embedded similar features in its SQL Server software.

Wayne Kernochan, an analyst at Aberdeen Group, said IBM and Microsoft separate database administration from systems management. Oracle's combined approach could help companies that have database administrators managing multiple installations of its databases, but it may not be as appealing to users with multivendor software.

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