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SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere 16.0 » SQL Anywhere 16 - Introduction


Design and management tools

The following describes the design and management tools included with SQL Anywhere.

  • Sybase Central—centralized control and administration   Sybase Central is an integrated database administration and development tool that provides access to database settings, properties, and utilities in a graphical user interface. Via plug-ins, Sybase Central can be used to manage SQL Anywhere Server, UltraLite, MobiLink, Relay Server, and other Sybase products.

    A screen capture of Sybase Central.

    In addition to helping with routine tasks, Sybase Central also provides performance statistics, procedure profiling, stored procedure debugging, and the management of events and schedules, web services, and connection profiles. Sybase Central helps administer any tasks that are performed by sending SQL statements to the database server, or performed by SQL Anywhere utilities. See Sybase Central.

    A variety of Sybase Central tools is available to help you analyze and monitor the current performance of your SQL Anywhere database. These tools include procedure profiling, graphical plans, query execution, the performance monitor, request logging, and timing utilities. In addition, Sybase Central offers:

    • Support for spatial data   - Spatial data is data that describes the position, shape, and orientation of objects in a defined space. Spatial data in SQL Anywhere is represented as 2D geometries in the form of points, curves (line strings and strings of circular arcs), and polygons. See SQL Anywhere Server - Spatial Data Support.

    • Application profiling using the Application Profiling Wizard   Use the Application Profiling Wizard in Sybase Central to automatically:

      • Profile stored procedures, functions, triggers, and events

      • Receive recommendations to help improve the performance of your database application

      • Capture database activity while your application is running

      See Application profiling.

    • Advanced application profiling in Application Profiling mode   Improve overall performance by using the Database Tracing Wizard and Application Profiling mode in Sybase Central to:

      • Adjust cache size and indexes based on database performance counters

      • Identify when deadlocks occur

      • Look at locking activity

      • Examine execution plans

      • Trace each statement in an application for diagnosing and troubleshooting

      See Diagnostic tracing.

    • Index selection and optimization using Index Consultant   The Index Consultant analyzes workloads and provides recommendations on how to select indexes to optimize performance. The Index Consultant can be run from either Sybase Central or Interactive SQL. See Index Consultant.

  • Interactive SQL—SQL query editor   Interactive SQL is a database utility designed to execute SQL statements and display database data. The built-in query editor and other tools, such as the graphical plan display, help you to analyze, troubleshoot, and optimize queries. See Interactive SQL.

  • SQL Anywhere Monitor   The Monitor is a browser-based administration tool that provides you with information about the health and availability of SQL Anywhere databases, MobiLink servers, MobiLink server farms, and Relay Server farms. The Monitor provides constant data collection, email alert notifications, a browser-based interface, and the ability to monitor multiple databases, MobiLink servers, MobiLink server farms, and Relay Server Farms. See SQL Anywhere Monitor.

  • MobiLink Monitor—synchronization monitoring   The MobiLink Monitor is a graphical administration tool that provides details about the performance of MobiLink synchronizations. The MobiLink Monitor collects details and statistical summaries about all synchronizations that occur, including start and end times, data volume uploaded and downloaded, successful completions, conflicts, and more. See MobiLink Profiler.

  • Relay Server   The Relay Server enables secure, load-balanced communication between mobile devices and back-end servers through a web server. Supported back-end servers include MobiLink, SQL Anywhere, Afaria, Mobile Office, Sybase Unwired Platform, and Unwired Server. See Relay Server.

  • Utilities   SQL Anywhere includes various utilities for performing administration tasks such as backing up a database and performing synchronizations. Utilities are useful for including in batch files for repeated use. See:

  • SAP Sybase PowerDesigner Physical Data Model   SQL Anywhere includes Physical Data Model, a module of the powerful database design tool, SAP Sybase PowerDesigner. This module provides ways to generate and modify databases using a graphical representation of the database schema. You can optimize your database by customizing tables, columns, indexes, keys, views, physical storage, triggers, and stored procedures.

    SAP Sybase PowerDesigner Physical Data Model includes comprehensive documentation, including video tutorials. For more information about SAP Sybase PowerDesigner, see [external link]

    For information about SQL Anywhere database design, see Database creation.