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Quest Software Proactively Predicts and Prevents Database Performance Problems with new Quest Central for Oracle

  • 20 September, 2005 09:41

<p>Quest Central for Oracle Now Includes Extensive Support for
Oracle 10g, RAC and Citrix Terminal Server</p>
<p>SAN FRANCISCO, September 19, 2005 – At Oracle OpenWorld, Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT), a leading provider of application, database and infrastructure management solutions, today announced version 5.5 of Quest Central® for Oracle, an integrated database management solution designed to simplify complex day-to-day DBA tasks. Quest enables DBAs to easily detect, diagnose and resolve, and now predict even the most difficult Oracle performance issues before critical applications are impacted.</p>
<p>”Our ability to keep our helicopter fleet safe and operational relies on the business critical applications that run on an Oracle database. We cannot afford any Oracle performance bottlenecks,” said James Quinn, CIO at Petroleum Helicopters Incorporated. ”Quest Central for Oracle has been a great solution for us to diagnose poorly performing SQL code and resolve Oracle performance issues. We are very excited about the release of version 5.5 of Quest Central for Oracle. Its improved performance analysis and SQL Tuning capabilities will allow us to be even more proactive in our approach to Oracle performance, and will enable us to more safely manage and operate our fleet.”</p>
<p>The new version of Quest Central for Oracle features enhanced performance management capabilities that empower DBAs to proactively prevent issues before they occur. It also includes extensive environment support for Oracle 10g, Oracle RAC and Citrix Terminal Server. New enhancements in version 5.5 include:</p>
<p>• A non-intrusive database object and source code scanner that identifies possible performance problems offline or online from the System Global Area, enabling users to be proactive in troubleshooting bottlenecks before they arise;</p>
<p>• A predictive “what if” function that analyzes the impact of potential database changes before they are implemented ensuring that expected performance gains are realized;</p>
<p>• Advanced SQL optimization technology that automates SQL rewrites, increasing user productivity by eliminating the lengthy, trial-and-error process of advice-driven tools;</p>
<p>• Production workload simulation capabilities that evaluate the scalability of Oracle RAC systems, empowering users to proactively identify the correct number of RAC nodes needed to support optimal database configuration;</p>
<p>• Enhanced RAC support that includes a performance analysis RAC view, RAC nodes comparison reports and a display of cluster wait events, enabling users to get detailed information and understanding of historical RAC metrics.</p>
<p>”Native tools or stand-alone third-party tools are not properly equipped to analyze the high volume of performance data that is needed to proactively address complex performance issues. This results in a reactive approach that can often cost companies weeks in lost productivity,” said Juli Ackerman, vice president, database management solutions, Quest Software. ”Quest Central for Oracle gives DBAs the right information they need, when they need it, so that they can easily pinpoint and understand the root-cause of a problem, or even identify potential issues before they impact database performance.”</p>
<p>Quest Central for Oracle also offers new highly-configurable deployment, installation and use options. This includes a new easy-to-use interface that allows users to explore and launch any Quest Software database product or tutorial, across multiple database platforms, from a single interface. The product’s enhanced space management capabilities offer true zero downtime and significant performance improvements during live reorgs. Additionally, advanced database administration is now available through seamless integration between Quest Central for Oracle and Toad® for Oracle, Quest Software’s market-leading Oracle database development and administration tool.</p>
<p>Quest Central for Oracle supports Oracle versions 8.0.6 through 10g. It also supports a range of operating platforms including Linux, UNIX, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.</p>
<p>About Quest Database Management Solutions
Quest Software is a leading provider of heterogeneous database management solutions for distributed systems. Quest delivers award-winning products that simplify and automate the management of Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase and MySQL database platforms.</p>
<p>About Quest Software, Inc.
Quest Software, Inc. delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases and infrastructure. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 18,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest Software, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., can be found in offices around the globe including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and at</p>
<p>Quest, Quest Software, Quest Central for Oracle and Toad are registered trademarks of Quest Software, Inc. The Quest Software logo and all other Quest Software product or service names and slogans are registered trademarks or trademarks of Quest Software, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Forward Looking Statements
This release may include predictions, estimates and other information that might be considered forward-looking statements, including statements relating the availability and market acceptance of the new release of Quest Central for Oracle. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including the impact of economic conditions on our customers, variations in the size and timing of customer orders; competitive products and pricing; rapid technological change; risks associated with the development and market acceptance of new products; disruptions caused by acquisitions of companies and/or technologies; risks associated with international operations; and the need to attract and retain qualified personnel. For a discussion of these and other related risks, please refer to our recent SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2005. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.</p>
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<p>Editorial Contact:
Shannon Neat
(03) 9811 8020</p>

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