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The Ion for Oracle trend viewer

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

There have been several third-party companies developing graphical user interfaces to interface with STATSPACK data. The premier product is Ion for Oracle. 

Ion for Oracle allows Oracle Remote DBAs to build graphical trend charts and generate alerts for more than 100 performance metrics for Oracle Server based on performance data gathered by Oracle STATSPACK or AWR Utility and for custom statistics defined by database administrator. The intent of Ion is to provide a more convenient way to report and analyze performance metrics gathered by STATSPACK and/or AWR.

The Ion Viewer allows you to see how Oracle instance's performance metrics change with the course of time. At a high level, the Ion for Oracle tool takes the performance data stored in the Oracle STATSPACK tables and presents it as graphical charts or trend reports. The Ion tool is also able to generate alerts, store them in the database and notify a Remote DBA by e-mail service if some performance metrics exceed alert thresholds set by the Oracle Remote DBA.

Tuning an Oracle database has been likened to working on a car while it flies down the highway at 70 miles per hour.  Thousands of transactions are processed every second and it’s extremely difficult to isolate and repair an Oracle performance problem.

Oracle tuning takes years to master and the internals of SQL optimization have become so complicated that only a seasoned expert can make sense of Oracle tuning.

Enter Ion for Oracle

Ion for Oracle is a revolutionary new tool that encapsulates the tuning techniques used by the world’s top Oracle tuning experts.  Using applied artificial intelligence, Ion for Oracle employs decision support system technology to relieve you of the tedium of querying dozens of cryptic internal tables, placing the salient data right at your fingertips.

You can build STATSPACK charts both for predefined set of statistics and for your own custom statistics. All the predefined and custom statistics are grouped into categories, and each of these can be plotted using the Ion GUI.

  • General Performance Statistics This section includes general instance efficiency percentages.

  • Load Profile This section contains the statistics, which describe the transactional workload on the database system (logical and physical reads, writes, etc.).

  • System Wait Events This charts show a Remote DBA what resources the system is waiting for.

  • SQL Reporting This section contains a report that shows the most resource consuming SQL statements.

  • Activity Statistics This section includes the charts, which describe the important database instance’s statistics about rollback segments, latches and particular user session activities.

  • Memory Statistics This chart provides a performance picture of various SGA caches including buffer pools, dictionary cache, and library cache.

  • I/O Statistics This section contains the tablespace and datafile input/output characteristics.

  • Custom Charts This section unites all the custom defined charts.

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