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Ignite 8 from Confio Software Named 2010 Editors' Best Award Winner by Windows IT Pro Magazine

Nov. 22, 2010, (Boulder, Colo.) - Confio Software today announced that its Ignite 8™ performance analysis software was named as a gold medal winner of the "2010 Editor's Best Awards" in the Database Monitoring/Performance category by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro® magazine.

According to Windows IT Pro editors, "Confio Software's Ignite 8 is a true all-in-one performance-monitoring solution that builds off of Ignite's original response-time monitoring functionality to also offer routine performance statistics via intuitive dashboards."

Ignite 8 helps DBAs, developers and DBA managers identify, analyze, and resolve the most complex and costly performance problems affecting applications and users depending on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle database, Sybase and DB2. Ignite 8 goes beyond basic server health metrics to build a complete database performance picture using response-time analysis and historical trend analysis. In the Microsoft SQL Server community, Ignite 8 has experienced 400 percent growth in less than two years, indicating its popularity and effectiveness with database professionals.

Ben Miller, the director of database administration at Nature's Sunshine Products and a Confio customer, told Windows IT Pro editors that he was impressed by Ignite 8's non-intrusive nature and the speed at which information was gathered. "We had access to the application name, query text, executions, and reads and writes. It has more information in one place than we had from any other product we saw," Miller said. "Everyone is familiar with slowness at times, but before [users] see the slowness become common, we are in [Ignite] with alerts as well as rich graphs telling us which queries to worry about. We have actually tuned queries before users noticed, and they reciprocated with comments about things being faster before they had to complain."

"The 2010 Editors' Best Awards-presented in conjunction with our 2010 Community Choice Awards-are a recognition of our editors', contributors', and authors' favorite products of the year," said Jason Bovberg, senior editor at Windows IT Pro. "Our editorial experts' annual tradition of selecting winners based on a product's strategic importance to market, its competitive advantages, and its value to the customer is particularly significant to the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities this year, as we call out exceptional products in an economically tight, highly competitive market.

"Our Editors' Best Awards let us leverage our contributing editors' expertise to provide well-earned recognition to products that exceed industry standards. This year, we've even added valuable, in-the-trenches insight about winning products from our reader community. We're proud to now share this invaluable information with our Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities. Our winners should be extremely proud of this honor of recognition from our editorial experts."

"Being selected as a 2010 Editor's Choice gold winner validates our customers' decision to chose Ignite 8 for their database performance monitoring," said Don Bergal, COO of Confio Software. "Recommendations from the DBA community as well as prestigious industry awards like this help drive Ignite 8's growth in the industry and cement our leadership position."

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About Confio Software

Confio Software develops database performance solutions that improve service and reduce the cost of operating databases and the applications that depend on them. Confio is known as the leading database monitoring innovator. Their flagship product, Ignite, uses response-time analysis, which focuses on improving response-time so users do not wait on their IT systems. Since the company's founding in 2002, Confio products are developed and supported from the Boulder, CO headquarters. For more information visit

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