Performance Management Myths & Facts

Performance Management Myths & Facts
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Cary Millsap
28 June 1999
(This is the original document published June 28, 1999, brought to you here with the kind permission of Oracle Corporation.) Performance management consists of problem diagnosis and repair, resource management, application optimization, and capacity planning. In constructing a reliable performance management method for hundreds of Oracle database sites, my colleagues and I have encountered bits of interesting folklore that, ironically, block progress toward the ultimate goal of lasting system performance satisfaction. In this paper, I will take a fun look at the dangers of several popular but bad guidelines, and I will offer alternative advice that helps you avoid the risk of costly performance management mistakes while not losing sight of the friendly goals: fast, easy, and cheap.