BMC Targets DBAs With DBXray

Most monitoring and management tools target system administrators, meeting their needs by showing high-level information about what's up and running. Database administrators (DBAs) have a different set of concerns to keep their systems healthy, and BMC Software Inc. takes DBA needs into account with DBXray.

According to Tim Mueting, marketing manager for distributed data management at BMC, BMC looked at the regular routines of its internal DBAs and its customers when designing the feature set and interface for DBXray. The result is a dashboard-style interface that gives the administrator a quick look at the information necessary to keep the database performing well. "It's designed with how the DBA does his job in mind," Mueting says.

DBXray is a standalone product, licensed on a per-user basis. Midrange shops interested in tuning databases may be attracted to DBXray, because it doesn't require an enterprise framework to operate. "You don't need all the infrastructure Patrol can provide," Mueting says.

In additon, DBXray is designed so the end user, the DBA, can install and configure it without the need for trained staff or consultants. Users can download the software from the Web and install it on their own.

Mueting notes DBXray can plug into BMC's Patrol framework, making it part of the enterprise framework, if the environment requires it. Because Patrol does low-level monitoring of systems, DBAs may also be interested in the data it generates, and Patrol can send alerts to DBXray.

The DBXray interface consists of a Web page with indicators for critical system information. An agent sits on the database server and users can decide whether to run the main software on the database server itself or on a local console.