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Score 7.8 out of 100

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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

It has great out-of-the-box features that make it easy to install and get it up and running right away. However, fine tuning and customization of the solution, like setting up custom alerts and notifications, needs to be someones dedicated responsibility. Because of this, we don't necessarily have the time allocated to become true subject matter experts on the tool. What we get out of the box is usually going to be the norm.
Kevin R. Zakoski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.6
SQL Sentry
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.8
SQL Sentry
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
8.7
SQL Sentry
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
9.2
SQL Sentry
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.8
SQL Sentry
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.6
SQL Sentry
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
SQL Sentry

SQL Performance Monitoring

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.7
Performance dashboard
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.9
Intelligent alerting
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.3
Top SQL
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.9
Historical trend data
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.1
Virtualization support
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.7

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.
Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

  • Provides a fantastic review capability for historic data, collating data in a far more efficient, presentable way than you can with default tools. You know that if a customer experienced even the slightest performance dip overnight, you can review that to the finest detail later.
  • A highly customisable monitoring system, providing rock solid information which you can drill down to the smallest detail.
  • An outstanding Support Team, which continues to go above and beyond any expectations.
  • The perfect SQL Server monitoring platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

  • The presentation of SQL server waits needs work. A large value on a throw away wait like cxpacket will change the scale such that an important wait like sos_schedular _yield is not readable. I have been told this is being addressed in the next release.
  • Installation of the client requires sysadmin access on the repository server for the initial install. Once the install is complete sysadmin can be removed.
  • There is a web interface but this does not have much of the functionality yet.
  • I have not found a way to view page splits over time.
Mark Lessard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
We are a reseller of appdynamics
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.9
Based on 16 answers
This tool is invaluable within our organization. With the recent financial impacts to businesses across the globe related to Covid-19, we were asked if we could reduce licenses to cut costs. When we pointed out the business value that the tool brings and the risks that would be taken by not having the tool, the decision was clear. We looked elsewhere to makes cuts.
Steve Strelzyk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.9
Based on 11 answers
I don't know how we survived before without this tool, the added value that you get from it to do deep dive performance analysis, reactive problem solving and proactive monitoring and alerting is limitless. We have only scratched the surface of what we can do with this tool at my company. The support and ROI that SentryOne provide is exceptional and one of my favourite vendors to deal with.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.1
Based on 4 answers
The system is working perfectly in capturing data, but we do experience issues with SQL Timeout when viewing results in the remote clients. This may be due to the fact that our monitoring service is consuming most of the CPU, and it is the same server that is hosting the SQL Repository. We could probably fix the issue by separating the SQL instance from the monitoring service.
Steve Strelzyk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.1
Based on 4 answers
In most cases the pages load very quickly. In our particular case, we need to do some movement of services to separate our monitoring service to separate infrastructure from the repository. When we first started with SQL Sentry on 5 licenses, we did not have any issues. Since we have now grown that to 25, we are experiencing some challenges. We do not believe this to be a tool problem
Steve Strelzyk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

AppDynamics

AppDynamics 8.1
Based on 8 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.
Eduin Zuloaga | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 10.0
Based on 16 answers
The main platform is very well supported. Requests for help with customizing alerts and monitors have been rapidly and thoroughly responded to. Our use of the chain feature seems to be out of the ordinary and our defect reports there while understood and taken seriously, tend to be lower priority than defects in the main platform. They will work diligently to give us a workaround but correction in the standard release is a little slower in the chain feature.
Kevin Dickover, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.0
Based on 1 answer
sql sentry expert came onsight to review the performance of installation and gave us a good insight to using the tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.5
Based on 16 answers
Was suggested that we install the process monitors on a dev or qa database server, but we found it more useful to create an IT db server and put it there (along with a few other apps that we use for monitoring).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry offers more features and is customize-able to fit our business needs. It has more centralized management and support. The company's technical support is also top notch. It is also worth mentioning that SentryOne Team Blog is an excellent source. One can find lots of valuable troubleshooting skills on the blog site - very educational and informational.
Jun Tang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.0
Based on 1 answer
We are running 25 instances through a single monitoring service and it is able to keep up. We are finding that this many instances in our environment is about as many as can be handled. We will need to deploy additional monitoring services. Luckily, there is no additional licensing costs to deploy additional monitoring services. For us, it's just an additional Azure VM.
Steve Strelzyk | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

  • Better customer service as it alerts me automatically to loss of service issues so I can react and either get things fixed before it impacts the customers or to let my management know as soon as possible
  • It helps me find expensive SQL so our customers get better performance and we make better use of our resources
Tim Hermann | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

AppDynamics Editions & Modules

Edition
APM Pro$3,3301
APM AdvancedContact sales team
APM PeakContact sales team
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

SQL Sentry

General

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

SQL Sentry Editions & Modules

Edition
SQL Sentry Premium$1,5001
SQL Sentry Essentials$6001
Plan Explorer (SQL Server Query Tuning)$02
SQL Sentry Premium for Azure SQL Database$3253
  1. per year per instance (annual subscription)
  2. free
  3. per year per database (annual subscription)
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AppDynamics
8.9
SQL Sentry
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.9

Usability

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.9

Reliability and Availability

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
7.1

Performance

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
7.1

Support Rating

AppDynamics
8.1
SQL Sentry
10.0

In-Person Training

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.0

Implementation Rating

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.5

Scalability

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
7.0

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