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Score 8 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

DBArtisan

DBArtisan is functional and suitable for any sized organization that needs to monitor its database resources and running queries.
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

Database Development

DBArtisan
8.3
SQL Sentry
Version control tools
DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry
Test data generation
DBArtisan
8.2
SQL Sentry
Performance optimization tools
DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry
Schema maintenance
DBArtisan
9.2
SQL Sentry
Database change management
DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry

Database Administration

DBArtisan
7.9
SQL Sentry
User management
DBArtisan
7.6
SQL Sentry
Database security
DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry
Database status reporting
DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry
Change management
DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry

SQL Performance Monitoring

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.1
Performance dashboard
DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.4
Intelligent alerting
DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.6
Top SQL
DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.5
Historical trend data
DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.3
Virtualization support
DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.7

Pros

DBArtisan

  • 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.
Johnny Wu | TrustRadius Reviewer

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)
Louis Fritz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

DBArtisan

  • Locks up far too often
  • Licensing structure is expensive
Zhann Goloborodko | 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

DBArtisan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 9.0
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

DBArtisan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.8
Based on 11 answers
As a general rule, out of the box use of the product is very easy. With little to no experience in the platform, we were up and running with it inside of 3 days. New developers and DBAs in the organization can get a grip on how to use monitoring features inside of half an hour.
Kevin Dickover, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

DBArtisan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.1
Based on 2 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

DBArtisan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.1
Based on 2 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

DBArtisan

DBArtisan 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I have never tried their support so the number above is meaningless
Zhann Goloborodko | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 10.0
Based on 16 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.
Mark Lessard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

DBArtisan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.5
Based on 11 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.
Kevin Dickover, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

DBArtisan

DBArtisan does not have an in-depth performance analyzer for databases.
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

DBArtisan

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

DBArtisan

  • 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.
Johnny Wu | 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

DBArtisan

General

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

DBArtisan 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

DBArtisan
8.0
SQL Sentry
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
9.0

Usability

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
8.8

Reliability and Availability

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
7.1

Performance

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
7.1

Support Rating

DBArtisan
5.0
SQL Sentry
10.0

In-Person Training

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
8.0

Implementation Rating

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
8.5

Scalability

DBArtisan
SQL Sentry
7.0

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