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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Slick New Software

I’m lazy. And frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. When a software comes along that can do the work for me, even work I can do just fine on my own, I’m interested. When that software is inexpensive, even better. When it’s free…

I just got word that Confio is putting together a free version of Ignite, their performance monitoring software. It’s basically going to be the current view of performance and not have all the historical tracking and nifty trend reports. Yeah, it’s a tease, but it’s a tease on a product that focuses on monitoring wait states, something you should be doing. Just remember, reference above, I’m lazy.

The thing is, they need some people to help them beta test. Here’s the word I received:

If you would like to participate in the beta test, you can download and get the full copy at www.ignitefree.com

As a measure of our appreciation, we will send you a $5 Starbucks card once you install and provide feedback at our IgniteFree forum  www.ignitefree.com/forum

IgniteFree will be the only free response time based performance tool.  It uses the same agentless, low load monitoring technique as Ignite 8.  The difference is that IgniteFree is focused on real-time monitoring, showing only the last hour of response time, server resources, query and session statistics.   Longer history and advanced features are not included in the freeware.  

Do some beta testing on a slick piece of software, help make it better, and get a cup of coffee (I’m assuming that’s all that $5 at Starbucks will get you). What’s not to like?


Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 24 May 2010

I really like the Confio Ignite product.  A free product is even better.

Posted by Patrick LeBlanc on 24 May 2010

Grant your not lazy, you are efficient :).

Posted by Patrick LeBlanc on 24 May 2010

Need to proof my comments before I click Add.  You are not lazy, just efficient.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 24 May 2010

I like that spin on it Patrick.  I would have thought  too busy to deal with it until something happened. ;)

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