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Score 8.9 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Redgate SQL Monitor

Redgate SQL Monitor is well suited for database administrators or companies who implement software that relies on SQL servers. It will help them test new changes and ensure this will not impact the performance of their software. It is a last resort for MSPs to use to get to the bottom of an ongoing performance issue with their SQL server.
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

SQL Performance Monitoring

Redgate SQL Monitor
9.8
SQL Sentry
8.7
Performance dashboard
Redgate SQL Monitor
9.9
SQL Sentry
8.9
Intelligent alerting
Redgate SQL Monitor
9.0
SQL Sentry
9.3
Top SQL
Redgate SQL Monitor
10.0
SQL Sentry
8.9
Historical trend data
Redgate SQL Monitor
10.0
SQL Sentry
9.1
Virtualization support
Redgate SQL Monitor
10.0
SQL Sentry
8.7

Pros

Redgate SQL Monitor

  • It will tell you if your server is under attack.
  • You can quickly see how your server is performing and which queries are taking the longest
  • I gives you the feeling that you are in control of your database, that you know what is going on for when they users ring up and tell you that the server is slow
Doug Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

  • Provides a fantastic review capability for historic data, collating data in a far more efficient, presentable way than you can with default tools. You know that if a customer experienced even the slightest performance dip overnight, you can review that to the finest detail later.
  • A highly customisable monitoring system, providing rock solid information which you can drill down to the smallest detail.
  • An outstanding Support Team, which continues to go above and beyond any expectations.
  • The perfect SQL Server monitoring platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Redgate SQL Monitor

  • Incremental releases can be buggy
  • Isn't the best for pinpointing performance issues
  • Web interface can be sluggish
Anonymous | 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

Redgate SQL Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.9
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

Redgate SQL Monitor

Redgate SQL Monitor 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Access to metrics is simple but I like easy access to top SQL
Chris Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.9
Based on 11 answers
I don't know how we survived before without this tool, the added value that you get from it to do deep dive performance analysis, reactive problem solving and proactive monitoring and alerting is limitless. We have only scratched the surface of what we can do with this tool at my company. The support and ROI that SentryOne provide is exceptional and one of my favourite vendors to deal with.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Redgate SQL Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.1
Based on 4 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

Redgate SQL Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 7.1
Based on 4 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

Redgate SQL Monitor

Redgate SQL Monitor 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Fast support responses from Redgate
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 10.0
Based on 16 answers
The main platform is very well supported. Requests for help with customizing alerts and monitors have been rapidly and thoroughly responded to. Our use of the chain feature seems to be out of the ordinary and our defect reports there while understood and taken seriously, tend to be lower priority than defects in the main platform. They will work diligently to give us a workaround but correction in the standard release is a little slower in the chain feature.
Kevin Dickover, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Redgate SQL Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.0
Based on 1 answer
sql sentry expert came onsight to review the performance of installation and gave us a good insight to using the tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Redgate SQL Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.5
Based on 16 answers
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).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Redgate SQL Monitor

Redgate SQL Monitor is a lot cheaper than SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer. I prefer the SolarWinds' design and that it offers integration with other SolarWinds products we already use. SolarWinds supports more than SQL servers (Oracle, MySQL, Maria DB, IBM DB2) and the analysis seems to be much better. The Spiceworks SQL Server monitoring is a free tool and is ideal for monitoring small business SQL instances.
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

Redgate SQL Monitor

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

Redgate SQL Monitor

  • The quality of the product and give a negative investment impression, on the plus side when it does work it is a god send.
  • Day to day tasks as made simpler, and a feeling of security of realised. Just don't change anything.
Doug Thompson | 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

Redgate SQL Monitor

General

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

Redgate SQL Monitor Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
All prices are per server and include one year’s support and upgrades. For clusters, each node requires a license. Virtual machines also require a license. You don't need to buy extra licenses for multiple SQL Server instances on a server.

SQL Sentry

General

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

SQL Sentry Editions & Modules

Edition
SQL Sentry Premium$1,5001
SQL Sentry Essentials$6001
Plan Explorer (SQL Server Query Tuning)$02
SQL Sentry Premium for Azure SQL Database$3253
  1. per year per instance (annual subscription)
  2. free
  3. per year per database (annual subscription)
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Redgate SQL Monitor
9.8
SQL Sentry
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

Redgate SQL Monitor
SQL Sentry
8.9

Usability

Redgate SQL Monitor
7.0
SQL Sentry
8.9

Reliability and Availability

Redgate SQL Monitor
SQL Sentry
7.1

Performance

Redgate SQL Monitor
SQL Sentry
7.1

Support Rating

Redgate SQL Monitor
10.0
SQL Sentry
10.0

In-Person Training

Redgate SQL Monitor
SQL Sentry
8.0

Implementation Rating

Redgate SQL Monitor
SQL Sentry
8.5

Scalability

Redgate SQL Monitor
SQL Sentry
7.0

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