BMC Software, Inc. made SmartDBA Recovery Management 5.0 available
on Monday of this week. SmartDBA, a product geared towards the
over-worked DBA, consists of performance monitoring and tuning tools, database
administration tools and backup and recovery utilities, all integrated into
a common GUI web-based interface.
SmartDBA Recovery Management is an extension of BMC's SQL-BackTrack,
building on its solid foundation, to include a backup/recovery utility that
allows users to do point in time recoveries, dry-run recoveries, etc.,
against Oracle, UDB DB2, SQL Server and Sybase databases.
BMC re-defines enterprise database backup and recovery with
the addition of
policy compliance reporting capabilities and centralized management.
While BackTrack technology gave users the ability to recover
only the data
that is required, the new functionality in SmartDBA gives them the
capability to take all of the information that is typically gathered during
a backup or recovery, analyze that data and set realistic policies to meet
Service Level Agreements with their customers. This information is
available through the same GUI used in all of the other SmartDBA products.
SmartDBA contains the same feature set as SQL-BackTrack
additional functionalities. SmartDBA provides centralized management to
monitor backup and recovery processes from a single screen. Tailored
allow IT Executives to monitor at the enterprise level while DBAs are able
to monitor from the system or database level. If pre-determined SLAs are
not being met, the policy management feature triggers an alarm. .
recovery trends can be followed with reports generated by proactive resource
management, while backup and recovery
information is provided in enterprise level reports. Archive log management
and automated database duplication to local and remote hosts is also
features in BackTrack include automated recovery, test
recoveries, high performance backups, integration with VEREITAS NetBackup,
Legato NetWorker and Tivoli Storage Manager.
While the official announcement will not go out until next
week, the Oracle
and Sybase versions of the product were made available on Monday of this
week, the UDB DB2 version will be available in September and in November
the Microsoft SQL Server version will come out. Informix is not
in the 5.0 releases; however, SQL-BackTrack will continue to be available
for Informix users.
Additional information can be found at the BMC website:
System Recover for DB2
Another BMC product, soon to be joining the BMC lineup, is
for DB2.' Aimed at the mainframe DB2 environment, it is particularly useful
for those large-scale applications such as SAP, Siebel or PeopleSoft.
System Recover for DB2 uses batch processes, allowing customers to easily
and recover entire DB2 applications.
Quite often, when a DBA wants to back up the DB2 application
will back up
everything. System Recover for DB2 has built in intelligence that allows
the user to do an analysis and only back up those objects that have
actually changed, thus reducing the cost of backup. At time of recovery,
only objects that require
recovery are actually recovered. System Recover for DB2 also supports DB2
Disaster Recovery, with complete automation for the preparation and execution
of the DB2 recovery process.
System Recover for DB2 is an existing product that has been
more clearly indicate its power as a recovery tool. The updated product
will include support for DB2 v. 8 on the mainframe as well as support for