Database performance problems affect the responsiveness of the business-critical applications that they support. Everyone wants their databases to run smoothly, but how can you achieve that? It is essential to have access to detailed, real-time information on the performance of database servers and databases. It is also important to use diagnostic tools to quickly locate and resolve performance issues in the early stages before they affect the organization. Monitoring and improving the performance of database environments is much more straightforward with quality monitoring applications and the right alerts in place.