I recently wrote about the release of Dbvisit 9, where I included a simple installation article and Vagrant build to get it up and running.
Yesterday I got an email about version 9.0.02, or 9.0.2 depending on how you want to write it. The interesting thing about this release is the introduction of an observer, which enables automatic failover. If you want to try it, there is a free trial available here.
Not surprisingly, the installation is very similar to the previous version, so I’ve updated my original article, and added the observer installation, setup and a quick automatic failover test.
I had to redo the screen shots as the “Configuratons” screen has changed a little to include the observer. I really don’t like taking screen shots!
My existing Vagrant build (here) worked fine. All I had to do was swap the version of the software in the directory, and Bob’s your uncle! Of course, that didn’t install and start the observer, so I did a couple of tweaks and now it does. If you fancy having a play with Dbvisit Standby, this Vagrant build is a really easy way to do it.
Several years ago I met Arjen Visser and Bertie Plaatsman from Dbvisit and they told me about their standby database product, which is a replacement for Data Guard. Now I don’t spend much time on non-Oracle products, but this one was interesting to me as it works on Standard Edition, unlike Data Guard which is an Enterprise Edition option. From that point onward I kept seeing Arjen and conferences and telling myself I really should take a look at the product.
Over last year I bumped into Arjen at a few conferences, along with some other members of the company (Eric, Mike and Vit). They are a cool group of people, so my interest in their products was ignited again. Finally, after several years of showing interest I tried out the standby product towards the end of last year, which resulted in the following article.
I held the article back until now because I was waiting for version 6.0.16 to be released so I could check out the revised web interface.
It’s a really nice product. Simple to install. Easy to use. Does exactly what it says it does. Most importantly, it’s backed by a cool group of people. When I tried the previous releases I had a few comments about the documentation and those were taken on board and changes were made. This is why I like dealing with smaller companies. There aren’t endless layers of bureaucracy involved in changing a few sentences in an install document. 🙂
I’ve said I’ll give their replication product (kinda like Golden Gate) a go, but based on previous experience it will probably take me about 4 years to get round to that. 🙂