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Score 9.2 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

SQL Diagnostic Manager

If you have several SQL servers and don't have a lot of time or resources to constantly monitor them, SQLdm will be very helpful. For one or two servers, it might be overkill. All of our servers are virtual, so having a tool that can monitor host metrics as well as guest metrics is a plus as well.
Greg Goss | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer is well suited in below Scenarios - 1. End to End Database Instance Monitoring.2. Database in Clusters Monitoring such as Availability Group in MS SQL, CDB in Oracle etc3. If you want detailed monitoring with historical analysis.4. SQL Statement Deep Dive Analysis for WAIT Time reason, Blockers, Deadlocks etcSolarwinds DPA is not well suited if you are looking for Detailed VM, OS monitoring where Database is installed.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

SQL Performance Monitoring

SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Performance dashboard
SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Intelligent alerting
SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Top SQL
SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Historical trend data
SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Virtualization support
SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

Pros

SQL Diagnostic Manager

  • SQLdm does a good job of providing information at a high level, but also allows me to drill down to specific queries and events if needed. I don't always need to sift through tons of details to get the information I need. It also gives a very wide range of information from SQL specific metrics, to OS metrics, to VM metrics, all the way up to host server metrics.
  • I like how the alert and notification system can be customized. For example, if you know a certain server regularly has long-running queries, you can adjust the alert to not fire unless a query has been running for 30 minutes while the rest of the servers fire after 30 seconds. That is very helpful in not being bombarded at dinner with alerts from a server similar to, "I've been at 90% cpu for 26 milliseconds!!!!!!!...and now it's back down to 30%" Good information to know, but not something you need to literally lose sleep over.
  • I like how you can configure different servers to be monitored differently. For example, you can have a group of servers called DEVELOPMENT that you can turn on heavier monitoring on so you can test how changes in applications might affect the SQL environment, but in the PRODUCTION group, you may only want to enable the heavier analysis and logging when performance issues are actively being reported.
Greg Goss | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • Top N SQL queries.
  • Outstanding UI for rapid examination and drill down to detail data.
  • Intuitive UI design - better than any other product in its category.
  • Enabled us to immediately shift DB related performance matters first to developers so that our DBA's can focus on more important matters.
Craig Solinski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SQL Diagnostic Manager

  • While there is reporting present in the app, I don't find it to be very configurable. I eventually pointed our reporting software at the SQLdm database so I could craft my own reporting. The reporting that's there is sufficient for a lot of things, but for more detailed analysis and trending, it's a little light
  • The config right out of the box feels a little heavy to me. It leans towards the side of over monitoring and over notifying. For example, I view "critical" alerts as those that I'd want to be woken up at 3am for. After a fresh install, I felt like I was getting so many "critical" alerts that I was starting to ignore them. I had to spend a good bit of time tweaking.
  • Sometimes the interface seems laggy. Switching between individual servers and switching screens can take what feels like a long time. I'm not sure if it's the way I have the client configured or something up with my machine, but this app in particular feels slower than it should.
Greg Goss | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • Resiliency of the Monitoring checks after the server underwent maintenance reboot. My experience is the monitor (Action) needs to be started manually. If possible it can automatically detect service/server then start to monitor again when system is back up.
  • Much lighter UI.
  • Granularity up to minutes.
Maria Cristina Dela Pena | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SQL Diagnostic Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 8.7
Based on 4 answers
It allows us to have peace of mind that the servers are constatnly being monitored around the clock and that we can always go bcak in time and research if we missed something.
Johnny Garcia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SQL Diagnostic Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.2
Based on 6 answers
I don't want to think about managing clusters of SQL servers in the future without this tool. We have demoed other tools and SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is the gold standard for usability and insight into what your servers are doing. The UI is a bit dated, but everything is laid out in a logical manner and drilling down into queries or timeslices is extremely intuitive.
Joseph Dixon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SQL Diagnostic Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.5
Based on 6 answers
We have not needed to use support that much, but every time we do they are professional and courteous as well as responding within an expected timeframe.
Joseph Dixon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SQL Diagnostic Manager

No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

Idera looks like they are headed to a similar end product. However, their product is not as mature. Solarwinds Database Performance Monitor is an acquisition of an already mature product upon which they added value by integrating it with their extensive software base and their amazing community. I haven't found any other products that do wait based sql analysis.
Stephen Swan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SQL Diagnostic Manager

  • It saves me a significant amount of time each week, freeing me up for other important tasks. I couldn't possibly monitor each server individually to the extent that SQLdm does.
  • With the wealth of information I can get to easily, I can be more proactive in taking care of my environments rather than reactive. The times when other people notice something happening before I do are few and far between.
Greg Goss | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • DPA allows our DBA to be more agile and find solutions to SQL problems faster. This results in better service to our end users, and better performance on the EHR system to our providers, allowing them to complete chart service for a patient much faster.
Paul Land | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

SQL Diagnostic Manager

Pricing Details

SQL Diagnostic Manager

General

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SQL Diagnostic Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
8.7

Usability

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.2

Reliability and Availability

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.1

Performance

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.1

Support Rating

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.5

Implementation Rating

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.1

Scalability

SQL Diagnostic Manager
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
8.2

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