Quest Software Maximizes Microsoft SQL Server Performance with Quest Central® for SQL Server 5.0

Quest Central for SQL Server 5.0 delivers performance analysis, allowing DBAs to discover, correlate, and report on SQL Server Metrics

IRVINE, Calif., December 8, 2004 – Quest Software Inc., a leading provider of application, database, and Windows management solutions, today announced the release of Quest Central® for SQL Server version 5.0. The new version of Quest Central for SQL Server includes Performance Analysis to optimize Microsoft SQL Server performance, increase database administrator (DBA) productivity and reduce the risk of downtime. Quest Central for SQL Server is an integrated suite of tools that allow DBAs to quickly diagnose and resolve performance issues through a unified database management console.

“With a low total cost of ownership compared to other relational database management systems, SQL Server is rapidly gaining market share,” said Charlie Garry, senior program director, META Group, Inc. “The ability to diagnose and resolve database performance-related issues is a business requirement in many IT organizations that provide service to users throughout the enterprise. Those end users demand instant access to data and their satisfaction depends on system performance.”

Most database performance issues are caused by users and applications querying the database. To diagnose user related problems, administrators need a clear understanding of the SQL workload, its associated wait states and key performance metrics. Running a trace to collect this type of data is expensive in terms of server resources, and it results in masses of data that is difficult to analyze. Performance Analysis for SQL Server collects and stores comprehensive SQL workload and performance data, and presents it through an intuitive OLAP interface or canned reports to allow DBA’s to diagnose user related problems in real time and historically. This greatly enhances user productivity by allowing DBAs to rapidly identify performance issues then easily drill down into SQL statements, users, programs, machines or files, to quickly resolve specific issues.

Unique features of Quest's Performance Analysis for SQL Server include:

  • Fast (sub-second), lightweight collection

  • No connection required to the SQL Server to diagnose problems

  • Provides complete information, including server-side cursor SQL

Quest Central for SQL Server also provides SQL Tuning, which delivers complete SQL performance management including problematic SQL detection and automated SQL optimization. Quest Central for SQL Server’s SQL Tuning component gives organizations lower I/O and CPU costs, and better performance. Quest Central for SQL Server supports SQL Server versions 7 and 2000.

Pricing and Availability

Version 5.0 of Quest Central for SQL Server is available now with pricing starting at $1,995 U.S. per server. Additional information on Quest Central for SQL Server can be found at:

About Quest Software, Inc.

Quest Software, Inc. provides software to simplify IT management for 18,000 customers worldwide. Quest products for application, database, and Windows management help customers develop, deploy, manage, and maintain the IT enterprise without expensive downtime or business interruption. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at

Quest, Quest Software and Quest Central 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.

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 SQL Server. 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; the outcome of pending or future litigation; 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 including risks relating to integration of the combined companies; 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, 2003 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2004. 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.