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Oracle 11g Real Application Testing (RAT)

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson


The latest acronym from Oracle 11g is RAT, Real Application testing, an 11g new feature with a really interesting acronym.

RAT consists of two components from Oracle 10g:

- SQL Performance Advisor
- Database workload replay


RAT is like a computerized tape recorder, allowing workload to be captured and replayed for testing and benchmarking purposes.  RAT captures transactions against the Oracle database (as made by an application) and allows them to be easily tested.  In a sense, RAT has many of the same features as the Quest "Benchmark Factory" product.


Oracle corporation says this about Real Applications Testing:

""Oracle Database 11g Real Application Testing significantly increases the speed at which we are able to innovate," said Mike Amble, senior vice president of operations and engineering, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.


"By helping to identify key transactions, extrapolating partial workloads to production workloads and automating multiple steps in the development process, Oracle Database 11g's Real Application Testing collapses months of development and testing into days.


As a result, we can quickly deploy incremental changes to our applications to gain a competitive advantage."



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