Catchpoint vs. SolarWinds SQL Sentry

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Catchpoint
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Catchpoint is an Internet Resilience solution offering services for retailers, Global2000, CDNs, cloud service providers, and xSPs that help increase their resilience by catching any issues in the Intenet Stack before they impact their business. Catchpoint's Internet Performance Monitoring (IPM) suite offers synthetics, RUM, performance optimization, high-fidelity data, and flexible visualizations with advanced analytics. It leverages thousands of global vantage points (including inside wireless…N/A
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds SQL Sentry is designed to help data professionals optimize SQL Server database performance in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. SQL Sentry delivers metrics to help users find and fix database performance problems and provides scalability, boasting demonstrated success monitoring 800+ SQL Server instances with one monitoring database. With SQL Sentry, the user can monitor: SQL Server Azure SQL Database SQL Server Analysis…
$0
Free
Pricing
CatchpointSolarWinds SQL Sentry
Editions & Modules
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Plan Explorer (SQL Server Query Tuning)
$0
Free
SQL Sentry for Azure SQL Database
$161
Per year per database (annual subscription)
SQL Sentry
1,450
Per year per instance (annual subscription)
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CatchpointSolarWinds SQL Sentry
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details- White glove migration services - Annual subscription - Professional Services - Competitive Benchmarking
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CatchpointSolarWinds SQL Sentry
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Features
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SQL Performance Monitoring
Comparison of SQL Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Catchpoint
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Ratings
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.4
102 Ratings
1% above category average
Performance dashboard00 Ratings9.2102 Ratings
Intelligent alerting00 Ratings7.996 Ratings
Top SQL00 Ratings8.6102 Ratings
Historical trend data00 Ratings8.6100 Ratings
Virtualization support00 Ratings8.764 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 10

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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
CatchpointSolarWinds SQL Sentry
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(54 ratings)
8.6
(102 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.3
(2 ratings)
8.8
(16 ratings)
Usability
7.9
(3 ratings)
9.0
(12 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.7
(54 ratings)
7.5
(14 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.8
(8 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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8.5
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
CatchpointSolarWinds SQL Sentry
Likelihood to Recommend
Catchpoint Systems Inc
A Solid product, provides meaningful accurate data results from synthetic monitoring. Catchpoint as a vendor has acted as a reliable business partner and promotes good relationship with customers and provides them with meaningful support. Support engineer and account manager make efforts to maintain helpful relationship for services offered. Been able to work with us to provide input for code changes and enhancements for payload used for synthetics.
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SolarWinds
This solution is perfect for a team with a large server count and, at least, moderate experience supporting a SQL Server environment. If the environment is smaller or the team has less experience working with SQL Server performance tuning methodologies, then the tool may be overwhelming for the users.
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Pros
Catchpoint Systems Inc
  • Easy to login with SSO
  • Easy to review the test runs over the last hour or specific time period
  • Easy to check the results of any Catchpoint test that ran. This helps to understand why the test results may or may not be what is expected
  • I can't wait for the new Symphony UI to be completed because it is so much richer that the previous UI
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SolarWinds
  • The Top SQL functionality has been extremely useful for identifying poorly performing queries by resource consumption.
  • The flexibility of creating your own Advisory Conditions has allowed us to integrate our custom internal alerts into a centralized dashboard and alerting platform.
  • Being able to highlight any chart on the dashboard and then tool-matching that window across all the other charts makes it much easier to correlate the different performance metrics against each other.
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Cons
Catchpoint Systems Inc
  • Script recording could be more stable. Should be as smooth as chrome developer recording.
  • Needs a way to modularize the code so we don't have to repair in broad sections when it breaks because of some unplanned code change on our end.
  • How about a tutorial on selenium as relates to Catchpoint.
  • Some of the functions could have better descriptions.
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SolarWinds
  • Tuning advice: With all the graphs and data available, it's not always easy to determine the best thing to do. I'd like to see SentryOne provide some best practice analysis based on the historical information collected for the server being looked at.
  • They could add help tips or links to help documents, when you select a graph on the dashboard. Inexperienced users tend to put blinders on and focus on one thing when they see a high counter or something out of the ordinary. It would be very useful to include a link that provides underlying help. The link would provide an explanation of the counter in detail and offer possible explanations as to why the counter is off.
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Likelihood to Renew
Catchpoint Systems Inc
we are heavily dependent catchpoint system for the following functions * Detect end-user availability/performance-related problems * Ensures
service level objectives (SLO) are met, that prevents service level
agreement (SLA) breaches * Identify and understand the cause of any
network connectivity or application level issue * Improves the
availability and response time service levels
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SolarWinds
Absolutely. SQL Sentry is an absolute must have for any company with a SQL Server estate. It provides a force multiplier to effectively manage SQL Server, and the feature sets are second to none. The support and expertise at SentryOne is incredible. They are very supportive of both the platform users and helping your business with the product
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Usability
Catchpoint Systems Inc
It's hard to find the functionalities that I am looking for in the application. Even if I did something in the past, after a time I have to re-learn again where the functionalities are. This is a powerful tool, but not user-friendly. Texts in the buttons and menus are not always meaningful or easily comprehensible.
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SolarWinds
I accept that the flexibility of the alerting comes at a price. Other than the alerting SQL Sentry's interface is intuitive. Connecting to a new SQL instance, given that all the needed ports are open in your firewalls is straight forward. Reviewing the performance and queries for an instance is available in with a right click. As you dig in new tabs are created to present the detailed data. I find the ability to filter and rollup metrics on a query very helpful in dealing with the "it's running slow". You can easily compare the metrics of run times for the same query to let the user know, it's probably data your doing a billion reads instead of the usual 100 thousand.
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Reliability and Availability
Catchpoint Systems Inc
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SolarWinds
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.
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Performance
Catchpoint Systems Inc
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SolarWinds
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
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Support Rating
Catchpoint Systems Inc
Catchpoint's customer support has been very impressive. They are always available when we needed help with setting up any tests that may also include help with scripting. They held an in-person workshop in our office to help train our internal resources with the scripting, dashboards, and metrics.
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SolarWinds
From their infancy as a smaller company to now as a global player they have always kept focus on prioritising he customer. They know their product and the technology it supports and are easily accessible for both resolving problems with the product all the way to adding value through additional training and assisting with getting return on investment through utilisation of the many features the product provides.
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In-Person Training
Catchpoint Systems Inc
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
sql sentry expert came onsight to review the performance of installation and gave us a good insight to using the tool
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Implementation Rating
Catchpoint Systems Inc
very easy to implement as the product is user-friendly
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SolarWinds
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
Catchpoint Systems Inc
Primary reason we went with Catchpoint is that they offered us actual backbone testing locations. All the other features like a filmstrip and traceroutes have been very beneficial as well and were not available in the competitors' solutions.
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SolarWinds
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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Scalability
Catchpoint Systems Inc
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SolarWinds
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.
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Return on Investment
Catchpoint Systems Inc
  • The ROI has been very good with this product, we have seen multiple folds of time-saving by using this tool and preempting any risk associated with non-performant times of our server, hence increasing the team's capability to respond to certain downtime scenarios and the level of action that needs to be taken.
  • Catchpoint’s observability solution makes it easier to have global visibility of our website's performance and to fix issues quicker
  • I don't have any negatives, every good product comes with a cost, that is the fact but the Catchpoint tool has ultimately improved our ROI much beyond the changes that we pay
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SolarWinds
  • 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
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