DBArtisan vs. Redgate SQL Compare

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DBArtisan
Score 8.0 out of 10
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DBArtisan from Embarcadero Technologies (acquired by Idera) is a database administration toolset.N/A
Redgate SQL Compare
Score 8.8 out of 10
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Pricing
DBArtisanRedgate SQL Compare
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DBArtisanRedgate SQL Compare
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
DBArtisanRedgate SQL Compare
Database Development
Comparison of Database Development features of Product A and Product B
DBArtisan
8.5
3 Ratings
Redgate SQL Compare
7.2
11 Ratings
Version control tools8.02 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Test data generation8.83 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Performance optimization tools8.02 Ratings6.34 Ratings
Schema maintenance9.83 Ratings9.19 Ratings
Database change management8.02 Ratings8.711 Ratings
Database Administration
Comparison of Database Administration features of Product A and Product B
DBArtisan
8.0
3 Ratings
Redgate SQL Compare
6.9
10 Ratings
User management7.93 Ratings7.65 Ratings
Database security8.03 Ratings5.35 Ratings
Database status reporting8.02 Ratings6.32 Ratings
Change management8.02 Ratings8.58 Ratings
User Ratings
DBArtisanRedgate SQL Compare
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(3 ratings)
8.6
(11 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(2 ratings)
8.6
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
DBArtisanRedgate SQL Compare
Likelihood to Recommend
Idera Software
DBArtisan is functional and suitable for any sized organization that needs to monitor its database resources and running queries.
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Redgate
We use SQL Compare to troubleshoot performance problems quite a bit since our data model is more like a template and not everything is 100% in sync and customization occurs between different client databases. We continually get pulled into performance issues and the developers will say Client A is performing different than Client B, why? Using SQL Compare, we usually find that one client was tuned and had indexes altered or added that weren't deployed to all clients or other objects weren't deployed correctly during the release. On the other hand, since our data model practices allow client databases to drift I tried to create a new golden image by trying to compare multiple databases based on the same data model and found it to be a very difficult process to complete using SQL Compare. SQL Compare gave me too much information and doesn't allow enough filtering to eliminate a lot of the noise.
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Pros
Idera Software
  • User interface is easy to use, and in some ways better than Toad. The left hand side shows all databases, and you can drill down to instance, storage, schemas, tablespaces, and performance views. The right hand side displays the details of the selected object.
  • This is the best tool if you want to manage multiple RDBMS platforms in a single tool using the same familiar interface. Other third party tools can do it also, but it's not nearly as integrated as this, and may require additional plug-ins installed. DBArtisan excels at this, and can perform cross-platform data migrations easily.
  • It has different DB analysts, which can help diagnose issues with performance, optimize storage, detect fragmentation, and plan for capacity growth. For almost any action you want to take, you can generate the DDL for preview, and/or schedule it to run at a specific time.
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Redgate
  • Simple and easy comparison of database schemas and data. Differences can be copied or synced from one database to another with a click of a button.
  • You can save "projects" so that you can easily rerun a previous comparison whenever you need to.
  • It has a very simple, easy to learn interface. I've never needed to read any documentation or watch any tutorials in order to figure out how to do something.
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Cons
Idera Software
  • Locks up far too often
  • Licensing structure is expensive
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Redgate
  • Pricing.... I wish there was an inexpensive developer version I could buy for myself.
  • Portability.... I would like to use it from a flash drive so I can use it where ever I am asked to work.
  • Unbundled.... This may be available already but I dont' recall I can buy it cheaply as a stand-alone product. Its only part of the bundle - cost effectively.
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Usability
Idera Software
No answers on this topic
Redgate
It's a good tool to have, but becomes expensive to buy a user license for each developer.
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Support Rating
Idera Software
I have never tried their support so the number above is meaningless
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Redgate
They have a great community website where you can search for answers but are also very responsive when it comes to direct support.
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Alternatives Considered
Idera Software
DBArtisan does not have an in-depth performance analyzer for databases.
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Redgate
I've used Visual Studio Database Projects for this type of work in the past with some success, but Redgate SQL Compare is faster, more transparent, and simply easier to use. Faster is self explanatory. More transparent, means that it's much easier to set up your desired options for schema change deployment scripts. Easier to use, It's really dead simple. Start a project, connect your source, connect destination, click compare.
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Return on Investment
Idera Software
  • It has a positive ROI on our organization. It's better than OEM and SQL Developer. Although the license could be expensive, it is perfect for large organizations, especially with multiple RDBMS platforms.
  • Most features are redundant between DBArtisan and Toad. I would not recommend using both if you already own one of them. Just download the trial for the one you're not using, and see what works best for your organization.
  • DBArtisan is great for DBAs and would be my personal preference. Toad is good for developers and DBAs alike but I feel like sometimes the interface is too busy and too clumsy to use.
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Redgate
  • Makes deployment fairly simple. Cutting our deployment time down.
  • With the SDK, we can customize our deployment process very quickly and easily.
  • History is not great, it does create scripts you can go back and see but it would be nice to have a quicker version view by object to save time.
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