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Confio's Ignite for Oracle E-Business Suite aims to end the DBA blame game

Confio Software Inc. has a new tool for DBAs charged with optimizing databases for Oracle E-Business Suite deployments.

Confio Sofware Inc. has a new tool for database administrators (DBAs) who are sick of getting fingers pointed at them every time an Confio's approach

When an Oracle E-Business Suite application begins to lag, a typical response is to throw more hardware and CPUs at it in order to speed things up. But this can be a costly and unnecessary resolution, said Don Bergal, Confio's chief operating officer, because oftentimes the real problem resides in the SQL code.

That's where Confio's wait-time analysis approach comes into play.

"This wait-time method is really a best practice for performance analysis, and it's all focused on measuring how long individual processes are taking within the database and [therefore] the application," Bergal explained.

By analyzing wait-time information, Bergal continued, Ignite for Oracle E-Business lets DBAs get to the root of problems and discover, ultimately, what's holding up the SQL.

"The net of it is that instead of just tuning typical parameters in the database -- things like how many read operations or what's my cache-hit ratio where you're really focused on the server -- here it's all focused on what's bothering my end users," Bergal said.

Confio's competition

According to Bergal, Confio is both in competition with and complementary to

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Lone Star Steel's Treadway agreed, saying that OEM didn't offer his firm the right tools to analyze wait-time-related problems.

"We actually looked at OEM," Treadway said. "It does offer a lot of stuff, but it really doesn't do a lot of stuff related to Oracle wait-time performance."

Another one of Confio's key competitors is Quest Software Inc., Bergal said.

"Quest has a great dashboard, a very sophisticated interface and a big suite of tools that do everything," Bergal said. "But [Ignite for Oracle E-Business] is narrower and really focused on what the DBA needs."

Pricing and availability

Ignite for E-Business is generally available now and requires that users be running Confio's Ignite for Oracle software. The list price for Ignite for Oracle is $2,400 per monitored database CPU. The list price or Ignite for E-Business is $600 per monitored database CPU.

A free trial version of Ignite for E-Business is available for download from

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