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Posted by Noel Yuhanna on April 1, 2010
Over the past year, I have received numerous inquiries asking me whether third-party database tools that focus on performance and tuning, backup recovery, replication, upgrade, troubleshooting, and migration capabilities matter anymore now that leading DBMS providers such as Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft are offering improved automation and broader coverage.
I find that third-party tools complement well with native database tools in assisting DBAs, developers and operational staff in their day-to-day activities. Last year, I had the opportunity to speak to dozens of enterprises that support hundreds and thousands of databases across various DBMSes. Most enterprises reported they saw at least a 20 percent IT staff productivity when using a third-party database tool.
Third-party vendor tools remain equally important because they support:
Third-party vendor database administration tools save you money by having DBAs manage more databases, defer costly hardware upgrades, and defer DBMS licenses, besides improve database availability and efficiencies. The leading third-party database tools providers include CA, BMC Software, Quest Software, Embarcadero, Idera, Red Gate, GridApp, and Stratavia.
I would love to hear any feedback on your experiences on using database administration tools, including if you have seen any productivity level changes over the past few years whether using native or third party tools.
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