AppDynamics

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Score 7.8 out of 101

Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server

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Score 8.5 out of 101

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AppDynamics

We had slowness, but didn't know where. We quickly would find out if it was the network, database, app server, webserver, or otherwise. They don't like me saying this, but it's a great "finger-pointer".
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Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server

This gives very detailed insight into your database performance. You do, however, need to augment this product and monitor your surrounding environment to get a complete picture of what is happening.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.2
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
9.3
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.2
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.9
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.4
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.3
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server

SQL Performance Monitoring

AppDynamics
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
9.0
Performance dashboard
AppDynamics
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
9.9
Intelligent alerting
AppDynamics
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
8.0
Top SQL
AppDynamics
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
9.3
Historical trend data
AppDynamics
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
9.2
Virtualization support
AppDynamics
Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
8.8

Pros

  • Integration with multiple frameworks (Java, NodeJS, .NET, etc). Good database monitoring tool as well as end-user and synthetic user monitoring tool.
  • Works great for on-premise and is always maturing and keeping up with industry trends.
  • It's been in Garter's Leader Quad for years now.
  • Very intuitive web UI and IT, Mgmt, QA, Devs, and Ops could easily use it.
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  • Being able to analyze a query performance over time is a great asset. It helps us to identify certain bottlenecks or issues that occur during certain points in time and compare it to a baseline that tells us if there is an issue.
  • The alerts that you are able to generate are also a huge help. they have a lot of great predefined alerts for general issues, but the ability to create your own alerts is a huge benefit.
  • DPA allows you to drill directly to poor performing queries that the tool has identified and allows you to see all the important metrics in one screen. Being able to see the number of executions, memory and CPU consumed along with blocking allows you to identify and correct poor performing queries much more efficiently and reduces research time.
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Cons

  • Search function. As of now we need to drill down through the tiers in order to get to a specific section. A search function via keyword would make drilling down much faster.
  • A historical view function where you can overlay a WoW (week over Week) view. This would provide value when creating custom graphs. An overlay of WoW can give a comprehensive view of performance and allow for comparison and validation of issues.
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  • It would be nice to have a separate dashboard that allows to see job performances over time (trends and summary)
  • It would be nice to have a separate dashboard that allows us to create traces on the fly based on findings from DPA
  • It would be nice to have a way capture parameter values passed to procs during a time period or that failed or returned an error.
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Likelihood to Renew

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We are a reseller of appdynamics
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Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server10.0
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It allows us to have peace of mind that the servers are constatnly being monitored around the clock and that we can always go bcak in time and research if we missed something.
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Usability

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Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server9.0
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For a seasoned DBA, the tool is very helpful and intuitive.
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Alternatives Considered

Better capability set / there are more 3rd party integrations / appdynamics has a bigger profile
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I have done my comparison against SQL Sentry and I feel like Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server is more of a graphical tool, so it lets you see wait time for a database instance. That's really nice when you're dealing with similar instances. We haven't really had any issues with it. Again, we're a pretty small shop. We have about twenty database instances. Scalability is more of just a licensing factor. As you want to monitor more instances, you go out and you just purchase more licensing.
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Return on Investment

  • Automate and remediate app issues
  • Clients visibility of business transactions
  • Visibility of server health
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  • Allowed us to scale our SQL Servers to best fit the current load
  • Helps plan for growth and business impacts of adding additional clients
  • Allows for real time review of resources so we can adjust to any issues that are occuring
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details