Continuent Announces Database Performance Test Tool

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New open source framework for load testing of databases and database clusters.

Bristlecone is a great tool because it can work easily with many types of databases. We are also working with the open source community as well as advanced clustering research projects like GORDA to develop off-the-shelf benchmarks of database clusters that anyone can set up and run quickly in their own environments.

Continuent, Inc., the leading provider of commercial open source middleware solutions for database high-availability and scalability, today announced the release of Bristlecone, a new open source framework for load testing of databases and database clusters.

Bristlecone includes two easy-to-run tools designed for comparative evaluations of database performance:

  •     Evaluator generates mixed loads of inserts, updates, deletes, and selects. Output can be built-in graphics, HTML, XML, or CSV.
  •     Benchmark runs performance test cases with systematically varying parameters. Output can be HTML or CSV.

Bristlecone includes support for multi-threaded tests, can generate new tests quickly with simple configuration file changes, and has the ability to perform systematic tests across different database implementations. Bristlecone has been tested against PostgreSQL, MySQL®, and HSQLDB.

"Bristlecone is the principle load-testing tool for Continuent's uni/cluster, a commercial database clustering product based on the Sequoia open source project," says Robert Hodges, CTO at Continuent. "Bristlecone is a great tool because it can work easily with many types of databases. We are also working with the open source community as well as advanced clustering research projects like GORDA to develop off-the-shelf benchmarks of database clusters that anyone can set up and run quickly in their own environments."

Bristlecone is available at http://bristlecone.continuent.org.

For more information about Continuent products, visit http://www.continuent.com. For information on Continuent's involvement in the open source community, visit http://www.continuent.org.

About Continuent
Continuent provides continuous data availability. Continuent develops and markets commercial Continuent uni/cluster products and services based on Sequoia, a database-neutral, open source database-clustering project (http://www.continuent.org). Continuent's commercial open source solutions are currently available for EnterpriseDB™, MySQL and PostgreSQL. Continuent's Sequoia open source solutions are available for Microsoft® SQL Server, Oracle®, IBM® DB2®, and Sybase®. Continuent is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with research labs in Finland and France. For more information, please visit http://www.continuent.com. 


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