FAQ

Install & Setup

Running a Trial

Product & Architecture

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (formerly Confio Ignite) Features

Install & Setup

Q. What versions are required for each component?

A. Using SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (formerly Confio Ignite)'s agentless architecture there is no application that needs to be installed on the monitored servers. It is recommended that the Database Performance Analyzer Server is installed on a non-production server (development or test typically).  

Database Performance Analyzer Server:

  • Windows Server 2003, 2003, 2008 or Windows  XP, 2003, Vista, 7 (32 bit or 64 bit) Any Linux or UNIX (including Solaris, AIX, HP-UX) 

Repository Database:

The Database Performance Analyzer Repository Database may reside within an Oracle or SQL Server database.   

  • Oracle 8.1.7 or higher (9i, 10g or 11g) 
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3 or higher (2000, 2005, 2008, 2012) 

Monitored Database Servers:

  • Oracle 8.0.4 and  higher (including 9i, 10g, 11g) 
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3 or higher (2000, 2005, 2008, 2012) 
  • Sybase ASE 12.5.0.3 and higher
  • DB2 UDB 8.1 Fixpack 13 to 10.1.

Q. How do I get updates to Database Performance Analyzer versions?

A. Confio supported customers have free access to all new features and enhancements for their products by downloading from support.confio.com.

For pre-sales trials, new software can be obtained at any time by registering and downloading the latest version from this www.confio.com website. Trial versions offer full functionality, but are limited to short term trials with limited license keys.

Q. How do I uninstall trial software?

A. Database Performance Analyzer on Windows can be simply removed with the uninstall procedure in the Database Performance Analyzer program group. Database Performance Analyzer on UNIX/Linux can be removed by deleting the Database Performance Analyzer home directory.

Running a Trial

Q. How long will the install take?

A. The installation download package contains everything needed to install and begin monitoring in 20 minutes, with first results showing at the 30 minute point. Database Performance Analyzer is the fastest and easiest to install of any comprehensive performance solution.

Q. What other software is required to run a trial?

A. The Database Performance Analyzer Server is self contained with all web server functions. All you need is a server that runs Java to host Database Performance Analyzer and a database (Oracle or SQL Server) which functions as the Repository Database. Database Performance Analyzer and the Repository Database can run on the same server if desired. No software is installed on the monitored servers.

Q. How do I get a License Key?

A. The license key for a trial is available from your Confio account representative, or request one fromlicense@confio.com. Trial keys are provided at no cost for valid proof of concept trials and are time limited. Permanent keys are issued once a license has been purchased from Confio.

Q. Which databases can be monitored?

A. The Database Performance Analyzer Suite supports monitoring of DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, and Sybase, all from the single Database Performance Analyzer Server. No agent is installed on any of the monitored databases. Each monitor type runs separately, but all results are viewed in a consistent and integrated interface.

Q. Do I need DBA privileges to install SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (formerly Confio Ignite)?

A. On the monitored database you will need DBA equivalent privileges to set up the schema, however the majority of the privileges can be revoked after setup. For a list of required privileges to maintain please contact your Account Manager or Confio Tech Support.

Q. How many databases can I monitor at one time?

A. The Database Performance Analyzer suite supports simultaneous monitoring of up to 200 or more databases from a single Database Performance Analyzer Server. See http://support.confio.com/kb/1529 for details. Ignite Central provides enterprise class performance monitoring and analysis for an unlimited number of database instances. 

Q. How big of a machine should my repository be on?

A. System requirements will vary from environment to environment, however the architecture behind Database Performance Analyzer helps alleviate production performance concerns. See http://support.confio.com/kb/1529 for details.

Q. Where are answers to more technical questions?

A. Try our technical Knowledge Base at http://support.confio.com/kb/kb_list.php

Products and Architecture

Q. What overhead load is put on my production server?

A. Less than 1% - Database Performance Analyzer uses an agentless polling architecture with no installed software on the production server. All of the processing takes place on the Database Performance Analyzer Server.

Q. What is the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (formerly Confio Ignite) Server?

A. Database Performance Analyzer Server is the heart of the system, a Java based application that monitors multiple databases, analyzes the data and generates web based user output. Database Performance Analyzer Server runs on a Windows, Linux or UNIX server. Database Performance Analyzer Server can run on the same or a different server than the Repository Database.

Q. What is the Repository Database?

A. The PDW (also referred to as the data Repository) is the permanent storage for the performance intelligence data captured and analyzed by Database Performance Analyzer. This database does not need to be dedicated to Database Performance Analyzer. Database Performance Analyzer will create a schema in this Oracle or SQL Server database. Typically the PDW or Repository is created on a non-production server under direct control of the DBA.

Q. How is Database Performance Analyzer priced?

A.  Database Performance Analyzer is priced per instance. An unlimited number of users are encouraged at no additional cost. Volume discounts apply after 5 instances depending on environment.

Q.  Open Source Code Listing

A.  Database Performance Analyzer contains code based on open source.  Listing of the modified open source code is found here.  

 

Database Performance Analyzer Features

Q. What are the key differences of Database Performance Analyzer?

A. Unlike typical tools that focus on server health, Database Performance Analyzer is built on the twin foundations of performance intelligence and wait-time measurement. Database Performance Analyzer identifies and resolves the bottlenecks that cause business applications to wait on the database. By analyzing where the database is spending time and causing application users to wait, Database Performance Analyzer finds and resolves performance problems faster than any other solution.

Q. What is performance intelligence?

A. Performance intelligence is a database performance analysis technology that identifies the most important database performance problems and their root causes. Performance intelligence applies business intelligence techniques to IT performance management. By examining the data points along multiple dimensions, it identifies trends, reveals anomalies and correlates events to expose the true conditions impacting database end users.

Q. What is included in the Database Performance Analyzer Suite?

A. Database Performance Analyzer Suite is the product family that includes Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server, Oracle, DB2 and Sybase. All product features are included in the Database Performance Analyzer download. Once you have installed, you have the ability to choose which database types are monitored. Each monitored database is separately licensed, allowing you to buy only the capabilities your site requires.

Q. What is Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle RAC?

A. This is a set of features included in Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle that addresses performance problems specific to Oracle RAC configurations. By identifying the sources of RAC specific overhead, Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle has also been proven to help DBAs configure the actual Oracle RAC environment for proper performance gain.

Q. What is Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle E-Business?

A. This is an optional extension to Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle that identifies the performance impact of Oracle E-Business Suite on the database. Database Performance Analyzer for E-Business exposes the screen and module generating wait time, allowing the DBA to better tune the database to address the needs of an Oracle E-Business application.

Technical Information (test)