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New Release Features Improved Management with Spotlight™ on SharePlex
for Real-Time Monitoring and Diagnostics


Burnham, Bucks., February 28, 2001 – Quest Software, a leading provider of application management solutions, today announced the release of SharePlex® version 3.0 to eliminate downtime via Oracle database replication. SharePlex’s unique log-based replication technology reduces the impact of both planned and unplanned downtime by offering an accessible replica of the production database. Unlike most replication methods where the replica is unavailable, SharePlex provides a functional copy of the database so organizations can put it to use and eliminate planned downtime typically associated with reporting, hardware migrations and data warehousing.

“Database replication becomes necessary when companies cannot afford downtime to perform routine maintenance on their business-critical systems,” said Donna Scott, vice president and research director for Gartner, a leading technology analyst firm. “Having a solution that not only delivers a high level of database synchronization, but also guarantees minimal impact on system performance and manageability can prove to be very valuable to enterprises.”
SharePlex also guards against unplanned downtime when used as a high availability and/or disaster recovery solution.

“While business reliance on the availability and performance of enterprise applications is at an all-time high, the tolerance for downtime is next to nil,” said Simon Pearce, managing director at Quest Software (UK) Limited. “SharePlex not only protects businesses from downtime, but improves the performance of critical business applications to deliver on end user expectations.”

SharePlex version 3.0 offers improved management with built-in monitoring and diagnostics of the replication process with Spotlight™ on SharePlex. In addition, the new release expands replication support to include Oracle’s large objects and replication within a cluster. SharePlex also offers easier setup with the ability to perform “live” activation so no downtime is required to get SharePlex up and running. And, the DataEquator feature in SharePlex enables administrators to audit the replication process without interrupting production activity.



SharePlex is available as a stand-alone replication solution or within the SharePack bundle. SharePack further improves application performance and availability by offering the replication component with built-in monitoring and diagnostics as well as application tuning with SQLab Vision™, tablespace management and reorganization with Space Manager™, and Schema Manager™ for change deployment – all in all improving the integrity of the data being replicated.

SharePlex is one component of Quest Software’s High Availability Suite, comprised of SharePlex and LiveReorg™, designed to ensure application availability for 24x7 business continuity.

About Quest Software

Quest Software is a leading provider of application management solutions designed to maintain the integrity of mission-critical business transactions and maximize the performance of enterprise applications. Businesses and consumers alike have come to expect instant access to information, and Quest Software provides solutions to ensure this availability. Quest Software (UK) Limited, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT), based in Irvine, Calif., Quest Software has offices worldwide and over 1,500 employees. For more information, visit http://www.quest.com

SharePlex is a registered trademark and LiveReorg, SQLab Vision, Space Manager, Spotlight and Schema Manager are trademarks of Quest Software, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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Jane Smith

Quest Software (UK) Limited

Tel: 01628 601000

Fax: 01628 664030

Email: jsmith@uk.quest.com


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Email: jim@adlibinternational.com

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