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Message Posted: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 @ 18:45:45 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Capacity planning question
From:   Gary Brown

We are using BEZ, but only have been for a short while. There's still some tuning we need to do, and we haven't been using all the features to their fullest yet, but in general I'm pleased with what I can do with it.

If you join the BEZ user group (go to their web site for more details) you will get a great deal more experience and information from others who have implemented this tool.

I have found the best feature of BEZ to be the ability to run through various upgrade scenarios for comparison/justification. I've also used it to help focus on the 'ol "heavy hitters and deadwood". We've gone through several iterations to justify a long overdue upgrade. This ability is limited to performance forecasting only, not really physical capacity forecasting, though db growth and upgrading your disk space can be included in your variables.

Overall, the program is less intuitive than one would expect and there's a very prescribed methodology to go through the right analysis and get to the results of what you want. Without the manuals and/or training you may not get very far. Perhaps this will evolve with v6 and subsequent releases. If you automate everything and have your reports scheduled and created for you using their HTML publishing features, you're ahead of the game.

I'd say the weakest area in BEZ for us is the lack of capacity monitoring and forecasting from its most basic level. I can't track daily db capacity (current and peak perm) and extrapolate to capacity threshold. For that I have a simple Excel spreadsheet.

I must state again that there are some very knowledgeable BEZ users out there that have more extensive knowledge of this product. I hope to see some of their responses here too.

Gary Brown
AT&T Canada

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