PocketDBA adds Teradata management

Expand Beyond has developed a version of its PocketDBA remote management software for use with data warehousing systems from...

Expand Beyond has developed a version of its PocketDBA remote management software for use with data warehousing systems from NCR's Teradata division.

PocketDBA can make database administrators (DBAs) more efficient by allowing them to monitor and manage their databases while they are away from the office using a web browser or a wireless device such as a PDA.

It can also help keep systems running by allowing DBAs to fix problems more quickly.

Expand Beyond already offers remote management software for databases from Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

PocketDBA for Teradata allows DBAs to perform virtually all the tasks that they can with Teradata's client/server tools, such as checking the status of load utilities, monitoring and adjusting query performance and restarting a node if it goes offline.

Teradata also designed a "dashboard" for the product that shows the status of each node, said Ari Kaplan, Expand Beyond's chief executive officer and chief technology officer.

DBAs can already perform some of those tasks over the web, but the ability to manage a Teradata system remotely from a wireless device is a first for customers, said Vickie Farrell, Teradata vice-president of marketing.

Pricing ranges from $25,000 to $50,000 depending on the number of nodes being managed, and the software runs on devices that use PalmSource's Palm OS and Pocket PC software from Microsoft, as well as Research in Motion's Blackberry devices, laptops and desktops.

James Niccolai writes for IDG News Service

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