Demand Technology Software Announces v2.4 of the Performance Sentry Web Portal

Cape Coral, Florida, United StatesVersion 2.4 of the Performance Sentry Web Portal is available today, Demand Technology Software announced. It is available for download for both new and existing customers. The Performance Sentry Web Portal is a web front end to the company’s Microsoft SQL Server-based Performance Database (PDB), which can be configured as a repository for Windows, VMware and Linux performance data. The version 2.4 release features new reporting aimed at database administration and operations and designed to make it easier to manage the daily operations associated with maintaining data warehouse-sized repositories. It also includes reliability and usability enhancements to the existing web-based graphic reporting capabilities of the Portal, a new Server Health reporting feature, a new machine configuration and inventory report, and navigation from Management by Exception reports to detailed data analysis reports.

“The new release of the Performance Sentry Web pPrtal targets Data Administrators responsible for supporting large scale operations, involving loading terabytes of performance data on a daily basis from thousands of servers,” said Phil Henninge, President of Demand Technology Software. “Maintaining a large scale PDB is something that is a highly automated process, but we added a set of daily operations reports that make that process more visible just in case something does go wrong,” he explained. Mr. Henninge added that several of the new reporting options were based on extensions that customers had shared with the company’s developers.

The new release also addresses performance and scalability of the Portal’s web-based graphical and analytic reporting capabilities. The company’s SQL Server-based Performance Database uses a unique, dynamically-generated schema that supports parallel database load operations and is optimized for queries, data analysis and reporting. In the new release, common queries that need to sift through and sort thousands of rows of data stored in the data base were optimized for speed. Web pages that constructed menus for navigating through PDBs containing performance data from thousands of machines were also streamlined, yielding major improvements in page load times.

“Many of the scalability enhancements in this release of the Portal were designed to help us get ahead of some of our larger customers, who have lately showed more and more interest in our approach to building a large scale repository of performance data on the Microsoft platform,” remarked Mark Friedman, the company’s founder and Chief Technology Officer. “There are many aspects of managing the operation of large scale server farms that are very challenging. We want to be part of the solution, not add to the problem,” Mr. Friedman elaborated.

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