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.
"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.
"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.
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