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Benchmark Factory for Database 9.0 - Release Notes

Release Notes

Benchmark Factory® 9.0

Release Notes

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

About Benchmark Factory

Quest Software is pleased to make available Benchmark Factory® 9.0 to meet your database workload testing needs. Benchmark Factory is a database performance and code scalability testing tool that simulates users and transactions on the database and replays production workload in non-production environments. With Benchmark Factory developers, DBAs, and QA teams can validate that their databases will scale as user loads increase, application changes are made, and platform changes are implemented.

Benchmark Factory is available for Oracle®, SQL Server®, IBM® DB2®, SAP®, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, and other databases via ODBC connectivity. Benchmark Factory:

  • Simulates thousands of concurrent users with a minimal amount of hardware.
  • Simulates database production workloads.
  • Reports tests results with built-in reporting features.

Upon completion of a test execution, all test results are collected and stored in the repository for data analysis and reporting. Benchmark Factory collects a variety of informative and detailed statistics that include:

  • Overall server throughput (measured in transactions per second/minute or bytes transferred).
  • Detailed transaction executed statistics by individual agent workstations producing a load.


New Features

New Features in this release

This release of Benchmark Factory includes the following new features and enhancements.

Database Support

This release of Benchmark Factory includes support for the following database versions:

  • Oracle 21c

  • SQL Server 2022

  • PostgreSQL 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

  • MariaDB 10.x, 11.x

  • MySQL 8.0.36

  • IBM® DB2® for z/OS 12, 13

Operating System Support

Windows operating system:

  • Microsoft Windows 11

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2022

Linux operating system:

  • CentOS 8.x, 9.x (64-bit)

  • RHEL 8.x, 9.x (64-bit)

  • Oracle Linux 8.x, 9.x (64-bit)

Cloud support:

  • AWS RDS platform for MySQL, MSSQL, MariaDB

  • Azure SQL database


See Resolved Issues for more enhancements and resolved issues in this release of Benchmark Factory.

Learn More

Learn more and connect with the community at the Benchmark Factory Community page on Toad World.

  • Find interesting blogs and other useful information.
  • Ask questions in the forum.
  • Link to Commercial, Trial, and Freeware downloads.
  • Find Benchmark Factory documentation.

Deprecated Features

Database versions

  • SQL Server 2005, 2008, and 2008 R2

  • PostgreSQL 9.4 and older

Database Servers

IBM® DB2® for z/OS 9.x and 10.x

Operating System Versions

Windows operating system:

  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

  • Microsoft Windows® 7 Service Pack 1

  • Microsoft windows 8

  • Microsoft windows 8.1

Resolved Issues

Resolved Issues and Enhancements

The following is a list of issues addressed and enhancements implemented in this release of Benchmark Factory.

Feature Resolved Issue Defect ID
Filter options When users attempt to exclude multiple filter options using the Capture Scenario Wizard, Benchmark Factory (BMF) only recognizes the latest option and ignores the earlier ones. BMF-5793
Azure Managed Instance SQL Benchmark Factory displays an error when users enter a long hostname while connecting to an Azure Managed Instance SQL Database. BMF-5726
Capture Benchmark Factory displays an error when users attempt to capture a SQL command of more than 8,000 characters. BMF-5725
Capture and Replay When users capture the database workload and replay the captured trace file on the Oracle 19c PDB database, the data in the target database is getting modified. BMF-5708
Compare report

The Compare report generated through the execution of Capture and Replay for Oracle is not displaying the following reports:

  • Capture AWR Report

  • AWR Comparison Report

  • Replay AWR Report

Capture and Replay Benchmark Factory is displaying an error when users execute Capture and Replay on the Oracle 19c PDB database to view the Playback AWR Report. BMF-5706


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