Quest gets boost as DevOps, open source push adoption of database management offerings



Quest Software announced significant momentum within its database management business. The business is laser-focused on providing database administrators (DBAs), developers and IT teams with the database management, replication and performance monitoring solutions required to streamline DevOps processes and support modern database environments.

In the past three months alone, the business has seen a 51 percent increase in daily active users of its database management tools, based on telemetry data.

In order to stay competitive, businesses need to move faster than ever. With more organizations adopting DevOps strategies and workflows to accelerate application developments, database professionals are now tasked with solving the database challenges to support the DevOps movement.  

Quest Database Management provides database administrators, developers and IT teams with the world-class database management, replication and performance monitoring tools they need to maximize their database investments. Quest provides easy-to-use products that help organizations boost performance while reducing the costs of database development, management, monitoring, migration and replication, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Quest supports industry-leading database platforms, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, MariaDB, Hadoop, DB2, SAP solutions and Cassandra.

With a history in delivering tools that help DBAs manage an ever-changing database ecosystem, Quest released a new solution helping customers tackle this challenge and accelerate their pace of change. Last November, the Quest Toad DevOps Toolkit was introduced to market to help break down common barriers associated with bringing Oracle database operations and updates into DevOps workflows.

The Toad DevOps Toolkit has seen impressive initial adoption rates among Quest customers. Key features and functionalities, including PSL/SQL unit testing, static code reviews, database, schema and data compare, and script execution, help developers and DBAs maintain performance, quality and reliability, while bringing Oracle database functions into the continuous integration and deployment pipeline. The toolkit also features easy integration with DevOps automation tools, including Jenkins and Bamboo.

To support the surge in open source database management systems (OSDBMSs) deployments and the need for management tools to support these environments, Quest recently unveiled Toad Edge for MySQL and MariaDB. A lightweight, commercial grade toolset, Toad Edge reduces the learning curve of OSDBMS by helping developers simplify and automate tasks, while extracting more value from their database investments. Thousands of customers have already leveraged the toolset across Windows and Mac operating systems.

In addition, Quest reinforced its commitment to the Foglight for Databases product line with performance monitoring capability enhances for MySQL and PostgreSQL environments.

Foglight supports MySQL and PostgreSQL both on premises and also in various cloud deployments, including Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Microsoft Azure DBaaS offerings, and also in any IaaS-based deployment. This year Quest will deliver new performance diagnostics capabilities for MySQL and PostgreSQL such as advisories and overview dashboard.

A recent Quest survey revealed that businesses anticipate having to manage increasingly heterogeneous, hybrid database environments to power core business applications. Across its entire Information Management portfolio, Quest has taken great strides to deliver solutions that help DBAs, developers and data analysts manage their environments regardless of platform or source.

Highlights include SharePlex v9.1, new version of its replication and real-time data integration solution adds platform coverage on both the source and target sides. The solution now supports Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server replication to target databases in the cloud and on-premises. New cloud target databases include Microsoft Azure, AWS and AuroraDB. SharePlex v9.1 allows organizations utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) fast, reliable database replication to and from the cloud – with zero downtime and no data loss. SharePlex for Oracle on AWS, a feature in v9.1, facilitates the journey to the cloud with no impact to mission-critical operations. Additionally, SharePlex for Oracle on AWS is now available on the Amazon Marketplace.

Toad Data Point and Toad Central Intelligence v4.3 give data analysts the self-service data preparation, provisioning, analysis, collaboration and reporting capabilities they need to glean actionable insights from all of their data platforms and sources – relational, non-relational, on-premises and in the cloud.

Quest announced several product enhancements to help DBAs manage, optimize and monitor SQL Server environments, including: Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise for performance monitoring of SQL Server on Linux; Spotlight Extensions for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio to support DevOps workflows; and a new release of Toad for SQL Server with support for SQL Server 2016 and Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015 Version Control.

“Today’s IT teams face mounting pressure from the business to manage more applications, more database platforms, and more data sources, all while delivering the highest level of performance,” said Kathleen Owens, President and GM, Quest Information Management. “Quest is committed to arming database administrators, developers and IT teams with the database management, replication and performance requirements to address organizational demands and support future growth.”

 

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