Citing the growing need within big companies to maintain increasingly
complex systems, Oracle (ORCL) tomorrow will unveil a set of three new tools for automating
database and systems management.
The tool packs, to be sold as optional components to Oracle's database
server software, are intended to simplify database monitoring, diagnostics,
tuning, and updating. The new tools also are equipped with reports and
step-by-step instructions designed to teach administrators in the process,
said Mark Jarvis, vice president of system products marketing at Oracle.
The three packs are as follows:
Oracle Diagnostic Pack: Includes tools for monitoring and diagnosing
Oracle's database server, as well as operating systems and the applications
that run against them. The tools store real-time and historical
information, along with capacity planning tools. "So users can plot trends
into the future for knowing when to buy bigger hard disks, or when they'll
run out of I/Os on disk arrays," said Jarvis.
Oracle Tuning Pack: Jarvis said this pack automates some of the
performance-increasing tasks normally handled by highly skilled consultants.
The tool learns about systems and advises on where to automatically tune
for optimal performance.
Oracle Change Management Pack: A large proportion of administrators' time
is spent updating databases and applications, said Jarvis. The task is also
prone to human error and data loss. This tool is intended to eliminate human
error and data loss by automating change management.
All three tools run on Windows-based PCs and work with Oracle's existing
Enterprise Manager console, which is included with every copy of the Oracle
The tools are available now. Pricing is based on system size. Jarvis would
not provide starting prices.