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Score 8.2 out of 101

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

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Likelihood to Recommend

AppDynamics

As it pertains to monitoring database transactions, as our application relies heavily on SQL, AppDynamic's monitoring tool made an immediate impact on sorting which ones are slow. The business transactions that we can capture are limited in the sense that our application works where it can't be limited to 200, so we ended having to setup service endpoints to account for it.
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

DPA is well suited for an environment where a web app is preferred. Especially if there are several users accessing the reports and data. I would also say it's suited for teams with a good amount of SQL knowledge pertaining to wait types. It would be less suited for teams that need a tool to recommend changes to SQL queries to improve performance, as well as those looking for a tool to send out actionable-alerts that can be turned on or off based on actions.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.5
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.8
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.1
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.7
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

Pros

AppDynamics

  • Giving a network map of our application that shows where slowdowns are occurring and where network traffic is running into a bottleneck.
  • We are able to gather node-specific information that shows the number of sessions a web server or even Redis session statistics.
  • We use AppDynamics to give a holistic view of our application allowing us to quickly narrow in on problems.
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • Ability to drill down to wait for the issue and have a clear path as to what may be causing the issue.
  • Ability to quickly add a new target and the ease of installation and upgrades.
  • Reporting features to group my most troublesome customers into a daily report in one email.
  • Excellent customer support on any issues I can't immediately solve.
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Cons

AppDynamics

  • Price of the AppDynamics is high. But it has many valuable features. This makes it difficult for small businesses to enter.
  • Functionality is overkill for most small to midsize businesses (SMBs). When stacking up product units, it can get pricey for enterprises as well.
  • With fine granular configs and customizations available, it will also mean that it is very complicated and requires a certain amount of knowledge before we can make full use of all features in the product. Much careful thought and planning is required to get the most of it. Set-up will be longer. One recommendation is for features to be better documented.
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • Resiliency of the Monitoring checks after the server underwent maintenance reboot. My experience is the monitor (Action) needs to be started manually. If possible it can automatically detect service/server then start to monitor again when system is back up.
  • Much lighter UI.
  • Granularity up to minutes.
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Likelihood to Renew

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
We are a reseller of appdynamics
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.1
Based on 2 answers
The Solarwinds DPA product is an ideal tool for any DBA or support member. It gives easy to read charts and drill downs to identify performance problems or schema change benefits.
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Usability

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.1
Based on 2 answers
I have used the product for 3 years now and realize that at first it took me a month or two to identify all of the information that DPA has to offer. Since then I use the tool on a daily basis for troubleshooting, schema change performance validation, index tuning and recommendations, and reviewing the overall health and wait times of the SQL instances.
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Support

AppDynamics

AppDynamics 9.3
Based on 3 answers
AppDynamics has its own community site that includes forums and a knowledge base. On the forums, you can converse with other members of the community and ask technical questions as you have them. Though this forum isn’t filled with people there are active members for you to gain some valuable insights.
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

AppDynamics

New Relic is only SaaS and keys off of AppDex scoring (i.e. industry baselines) and not on my application's baselines. Where most of our stuff is custom apps, going off of industry wasn't valuable to us. It was also cost prohibitive
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

At the time, we found SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer to be easier to setup and to have a richer feature set than Redgate SQL Monitor, plus, from what I remember, the DPA pricing worked better for us over the course of a year. We're very happy with all the features DPA has to offer.
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Return on Investment

AppDynamics

  • AppDynamics isn't cheap, but it definitely helps to ensure our applications and APIs are up and running without issue. The alerting is usually good but occasionally mixed, for example sometimes flagging a single error as a critical issue since the API is usually completely error free.
  • The cost saving in terms of trouble shooting and analyzing issues in production is fantastic - to know about issues before they are reported by customers enables you to be proactive in resolving them and ensuring maximum up time for our applications.
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • DPA allows our DBA to be more agile and find solutions to SQL problems faster. This results in better service to our end users, and better performance on the EHR system to our providers, allowing them to complete chart service for a patient much faster.
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Pricing Details

AppDynamics

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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