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I’m lazy. And frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. When a software comes along that can do the work for me, even work I can do just fine on my own, I’m interested. When that software is inexpensive, even better. When it’s free…

I just got word that Confio is putting together a free version of Ignite, their performance monitoring software. It’s basically going to be the current view of performance and not have all the historical tracking and nifty trend reports. Yeah, it’s a tease, but it’s a tease on a product that focuses on monitoring wait states, something you should be doing. Just remember, reference above, I’m lazy.

The thing is, they need some people to help them beta test. Here’s the word I received:

If you would like to participate in the beta test, you can download and get the full copy at

As a measure of our appreciation, we will send you a $5 Starbucks card once you install and provide feedback at our IgniteFree forum

IgniteFree will be the only free response time based performance tool.  It uses the same agentless, low load monitoring technique as Ignite 8.  The difference is that IgniteFree is focused on real-time monitoring, showing only the last hour of response time, server resources, query and session statistics.   Longer history and advanced features are not included in the freeware.  

Do some beta testing on a slick piece of software, help make it better, and get a cup of coffee (I’m assuming that’s all that $5 at Starbucks will get you). What’s not to like?


OK, fine, but what do you think?