DB2 Support Added to ExtraHop Networks Offerings

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ExtraHop Networks, a provider of network and application performance management solutions, announced it now supports IBM's DB2 database. The addition of DB2 rounds out ExtraHop's support for the top three providers, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft. ExtraHop customers now will be able to monitor database transactions in real time without having to run invasive tools such as SQL profilers and agents, which tend to degrade performance.

With the addition of DB2, the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system now "covers just about every major relational database that we've encountered within an enterprise IT environment," Jesse Rothstein, CEO and co-founder of ExtraHop Networks, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

By monitoring all tiers the ExtraHop system becomes a triaging tool, the vendor says. Database performance issues, such as lack of visibility into production systems and the inability to identify and correlate root-cause problems, often result in the degradation of critical applications and the unnecessary purchase of additional hardware. 

"The real value of our systems is that this is an application performance management solution," says Rothstein. "We're able to look across tiers - the network tier, the web tier, the database tier, and the storage tier. Sometimes performance degradation is not a simple matter of a missing index on a database; sometimes something else is going on in that system. Whether it's accessing centralized network storage, or whether there's an offsite disaster recovery process that's running on that system, these can all result in database slowdown and performance degradation. So looking across tiers, we can pinpoint these performance problems that can affect the database, which other more database specific tools are unable to do."

The ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system is a passive network appliance that is designed to rapidly identifying database issues, including the ability to fine tune database performance and provide proactive early warning. The ExtraHop system also performs network-traffic analysis to ensure that business-critical transactions do not fail. ExtraHop does not require technologies such as NetFlow collection, SNMP polling, custom performance agents, or active service checks, the vendor states.

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