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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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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.5
SQL Sentry
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.8
SQL Sentry
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
9.0
SQL Sentry
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
9.0
SQL Sentry
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.1
SQL Sentry
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.7
SQL Sentry
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
SQL Sentry

SQL Performance Monitoring

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.9
Performance dashboard
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.7
Intelligent alerting
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.4
Top SQL
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.8
Historical trend data
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.3
Virtualization support
AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.3

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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SQL Sentry

  • 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

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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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.
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Likelihood to Renew

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
We are a reseller of appdynamics
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SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 9.5
Based on 6 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

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.2
Based on 3 answers
  • Easy to use.
  • A complete tool to troubleshoot, monitor and fix SQL Server issues.
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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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SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.7
Based on 6 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

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 9.2
Based on 4 answers
Understand your user base and work out security in advance. Setting up users may have been the hardest part of implementation. After that teaching the UI to IT professionals was rather easy. Setting up appropriate alerts is an ongoing process, what you get out of alerting is rather equal to what you put into it.
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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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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.
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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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SQL Sentry

  • SQL Sentry has had a positive impact in that root cause analysis can be performed much faster. This has led to reduced time spent investigating.
  • The complexity of SQL Sentry can be overwhelming when training new users/admins.
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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

Additional Pricing Details

SQL Sentry

General

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

SQL Sentry Editions & Modules

Edition
SQL Sentry$2,4951
SQL Sentry Annual Maintenance$4992
SQL Sentry Subscription$1253
SQL Sentry Essentials$9954
SQL Sentry Essentials Maintenance$1995
SQL Sentry Essentials Subscription$506
Plan Explorer (SQL Server Query Tuning)$07
  1. per instance
  2. per year
  3. per month; billed annually
  4. per instance (up to 5 instances)
  5. per year
  6. per month; billed annually
  7. free
Additional Pricing Details
You can trial SQL Sentry Essentials for free at www.sentryone.com/essentials-trial , and SQL Sentry at my.sentryone.com/trial.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AppDynamics
8.9
SQL Sentry
9.8

Likelihood to Renew

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.5

Usability

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
8.2

Support

AppDynamics
9.3
SQL Sentry
8.7

Implementation

AppDynamics
SQL Sentry
9.2

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