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AppDynamics

40 Ratings

SQL Sentry

126 Ratings

AppDynamics

40 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

SQL Sentry

126 Ratings
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Score 9.1 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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SQL Sentry

It’s great for a DBA to have a tool like SentryOne. To be able to troubleshoot our production environment and come up with a root cause to a performance issue in very little time is awesome. Being able to drill into an instance and see what happened yesterday when a user walks up to our desk and tells us the instance was slow yesterday and they want to know what was going on.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.3
SQL Sentry
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
9.3
SQL Sentry
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.3
SQL Sentry
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.9
SQL Sentry
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.4
SQL Sentry
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.3
SQL Sentry
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
SQL Sentry

SQL Performance Monitoring

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.9
Performance dashboard
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.0
Intelligent alerting
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.4
Top SQL
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.9
Historical trend data
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.1
Virtualization support
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.1

Pros

  • AppDynamics provides an excellent overview of all the interactions between all of your various applications, providing a high-level view of the overall health of the whole application and any interactions or elements that are unhealthy can be seen from here.
  • AppDynamics focusses on Business Transactions, rather than overall application or server performance, meaning you can quickly see if one part of the system is not working as it should, meaning production issues are shown clearly as isolated problems (if they are) rather than overall application health problems.
  • AppDynamics provides excellent functionality with regards to tracing coding exceptions - errors can easily be drilled down to the method or line of code that is problematic.
  • AppDynamics is hugely flexible allowing very fine grained configuration and customisation.
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  • Alerting is very flexible and configurable to our needs
  • Linking alerting into third party alerting tools via PowerShell was easy
  • Collecting and rolling up SQL statements make it much easier to troubleshoot performance problems
  • Drilling into PLE and what’s happening when it drops out
  • Ease of drilling into time-frame to figure out what was the issue at that time
  • Being able to query the SentryOne database for management reports is awesome (Deadlocks and Blocking)
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Cons

  • The initial set up for some parts of the features could be better documented.
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  • It would be nice if the reports can be interactive like drill down, clickable content, etc.
  • Navigation could improve and become more intuitive.
  • Calendar of events could also improve - wish the date and time range could be specified instead of just by day or interval.
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Likelihood to Renew

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We are a reseller of appdynamics
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SQL Sentry9.9
Based on 3 answers
Using SQL Sentry has become part of our daily routine, and it has played a big role for us to understand our database activities and make our lives easier to analyse issues and provide resolutions.
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Usability

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SQL Sentry9.1
Based on 2 answers
  • Easy to use.
  • A complete tool to troubleshoot, monitor and fix SQL Server issues.
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Support

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No answers on this topic
SQL Sentry10.0
Based on 3 answers
They usually respond within a few hours and will pull in needed resources without the need for me to escalate the issue. They take the initiative to follow up. They are open to suggestions for future enhancements and actually implement them. They give the impression they want to resolve your issues.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
SQL Sentry10.0
Based on 3 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).
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Alternatives Considered

After looking at a number of different alternatives to AppDynamics its error reporting seems to be the greatest out of the lot. It tracks anything imaginable and allows for the reporting as much as you want with as much information as you want.
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I selected this tool over SQL Monitor as it provided the all round package, it seemed to dig deeper into the server that SQL Monitor and the interface is so much nicer to use,
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Return on Investment

  • It has had a positive impact because anytime there is an issue, we go to AppDynamics first to see what the root cause could have been.
  • We have been providing transaction snapshots to vendors for troubleshooting.
  • So far, I have had nothing but positive feedback from other team members on the functionality and how other team members are using the application.
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  • Improve employee efficiency.
  • Improve user experience.
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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
AppDynamics
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SQL Sentry

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
SQL Sentry Editions & Modules
SQL Sentry
Edition
SQL Sentry for SQL Server License
$2,4951
SQL Sentry for SQL Server Subscription
$1502
1. per instance
2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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