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When I joined Blue Medora 4 years ago, it was a turning point for the company. We began a rapid expansion that is still continuing today. Since that time, we’ve brought some amazing improvements to the IT performance management space. We added VMware virtualization awareness to Oracle monitoring solutions, providing virtual-layer monitoring and management capabilities to database administrators for the first time. We added deep-dive database, application, and even hardware monitoring to VMware’s vRealize Suite, providing customers a single solution to monitor their entire application stack. And then most recently, we brought full stack monitoring to the Application Owner with our integration into New Relic.

As you can probably tell, at Blue Medora we eat, breathe, and sleep performance monitoring.

That’s why we were intrigued when we started hearing from our customers: “We have a serious problem with database management.”


Our customers didn’t have a problem with the core technology. Database technology has been moving at a shockingly fast pace. The expansion from traditional SQL databases to Open Source, NoSQL, big data, and cloud databases has been rapid and dramatic. Not to mention the quick adoption of virtualization and cloud infrastructure. These trends combined to become a primary enabler of evolution in the IT world. Without rapid growth in the database space, the big data analytics used by every major corporation in the world as well as the rapid development and iteration processes used by every high performing DevOps team, wouldn’t be possible.

Yet, there is a problem.

The problem was that our customers were still trying to monitor and manage the new world of databases with 90’s era tools. And not by choice. While core database technology has continued to sprint forward, database monitoring and management technology is decades behind. Today’s database monitoring capabilities are still focused on an on-prem, bare metal, traditional SQL world, and that doesn’t come close to matching our customer’s real world environments.

Outside of database monitoring, the world of application monitoring saw a major shift a few years back with the introduction of tools like New Relic and AppDynamics. The new move towards SaaS-based application monitoring has allowed companies to be more nimble, ship more often, and resolve issues sooner. Undeniably, it has been a great step forward in the world of performance monitoring. Unfortunately, while our applications have become first-class citizens, it seems our data layer has been neglected. If there’s anything as important as making sure an app is running, it would be making sure the data underneath it is available as well.

So, with this in mind, one year ago we set out to solve this problem. Our goal was to solve it by providing a comprehensive and modern SaaS solution for today’s database environment.


That is why I am happy to announce SelectStar, Blue Medora’s new database monitoring platform.

On day 1, SelectStar brings performance and health monitoring, as well as deep-dive analysis to over 90% of existing in-production databases. This covers traditional databases like Oracle to cloud-only databases like Amazon DynamoDB and everything in between.

SelectStar doesn’t stop at the database though. We know that performance issues can also come from the underlying infrastructure, making it difficult to identify the true source of any performance degradation. So because of this, SelectStar also provides visibility into cloud and virtual infrastructures like VMware vSphere, Amazon EC2, and Amazon RDS.

We have the breadth of support, from cloud-native to traditional SQL, and provide critical deep-dive analysis, including minute by minute query, session, and table analytics.

Furthermore, since we’re dealing with new technology, we want to provide a helping hand to DBAs and DevOps teams that may not have extensive experience with new database types. One of our core features is our recommendation engine which generates best practice and compliance recommendations based on your database environment. In addition, it understands the unique needs of a database running in the cloud opposed to one running on-premises.

In short, we’ve built the most comprehensive database monitoring solution on the market, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more in-depth coverage of SelectStar. Starting today, SelectStar is available worldwide at Come see us at our booth #1621 at Oracle Openworld for a demo. Or try it free for two weeks and let us know what you think.


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