Redgate SQL Monitor vs. Zabbix

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Redgate’s SQL Monitor helps teams looking after SQL servers be more proactive. SQL Monitor enables monitoring environments custom to the user’s SQL server to recognize issues before they impact users. It supports monitoring on-premises and cloud-based servers from a single interface.N/A
Zabbix
Score 8.6 out of 10
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Zabbix is an open-source network performance monitoring software. It includes prebuilt official and community-developed templates for integrating with networks, applications, and endpoints, and can automate some monitoring processes.N/A
Pricing
Redgate SQL MonitorZabbix
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Redgate SQL MonitorZabbix
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAll 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.
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Features
Redgate SQL MonitorZabbix
SQL Performance Monitoring
Comparison of SQL Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Redgate SQL Monitor
9.8
5 Ratings
16% above category average
Zabbix
-
Ratings
Performance dashboard10.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Intelligent alerting9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Top SQL10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Historical trend data10.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Virtualization support10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Redgate SQL MonitorZabbix
Small Businesses

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Veeam ONE
Veeam ONE
Score 8.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Instana
IBM Instana
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Instana
IBM Instana
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Redgate SQL MonitorZabbix
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(25 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
5.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Redgate SQL MonitorZabbix
Likelihood to Recommend
Redgate
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.
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Zabbix
Zabbix is very well suited for infrastructure monitoring i.e. the underlying host servers, basically, compute nodes. However, it has limited FM & PM capabilities for the workloads, i.e., the virtual machines (VMs). Zabbix has an easy-to-use GUI which can be explored easily & provides good filtering of the data.
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Pros
Redgate
  • 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
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Zabbix
  • Collecting hardware data - CPU, Memory, Network, and Disk Metrics are collected and reported on.
  • Flexible design - It is very easy to build out even very large environments via the templating system. You can also start where you are - network monitoring, server monitoring, etc. and then build it out from there as time and resources permit.
  • Provides a "plugin architecture" (via XML templates) to allow end users to extend it to monitor all kinds of equipment, software, or other metrics that are not already added into the software already.
  • Very complete documentation. Almost every aspect of Zabbix has been documented and reported on.
  • Cost - Zabbix is FOSS software and always free. Support is reasonably priced and readily available.
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Cons
Redgate
  • Incremental releases can be buggy
  • Isn't the best for pinpointing performance issues
  • Web interface can be sluggish
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Zabbix
  • In a busy Zabbix environment, it can easily overwhelm the underlying database. Plan on having SSDs and a significant server infrastructure to keep up with more than a hundred hosts.
  • Building out Zabbix metrics that suit your environment can be very time consuming. When choosing a monitoring platform like Zabbix, expect a steep learning curve and to invest significant resources to make the tool valuable.
  • This is less important than it has been in the past, but current versions of Zabbix still do not handle IPMI checks of hardware very well. We needed to write our own wrapper for IPMI checks rather than using the built in IPMI poller.
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Likelihood to Renew
Redgate
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Zabbix
It is free. It didn't cost anything to implement (other than my time and the cost incurred for it) and it is filling a badly needed gap in our IT infrastructure. Support is available if we have issues and can be done annually or paid for on a per incident basis as needed. Expansion, updates, and all other future lifecycle activities are likewise free of cost, so as long as someone is able to implement/maintain the software (and the OSS project is maintained) then I imagine the company will never leave it.
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Usability
Redgate
Access to metrics is simple but I like easy access to top SQL
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Zabbix
If you go deeper than the dashboards, the user friendliness goes away quickly
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Support Rating
Redgate
Fast support responses from Redgate
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Zabbix
The setup is the most time-consuming portion of using zabbix. It takes a lot of effort to shape it into a usable format and even then it can get very messy. It's not exactly intuitive and as mentioned the UI seems a bit antiquated. If I was to roll out a monitoring solution from scratch, I'd probably look for alternatives which are easier to use and maintain.
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Implementation Rating
Redgate
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Zabbix
We are a mainly Windows environment, so it would be useful if we could have used Active Directory to deploy agents. As of version 4.2, Zabbix has announced a new agent MSI file to allow exactly that. Unfortunately, we didn't have that option. Also, for Linux and MAC deployments, there is no simple way to deploy that. Using remote scripts you may be able to create something, but most places will opt for either SNMP (agentless) or manual installation of agents to add to Zabbix. A way of deploying agents via discovery would go a long way to helping in the adoption of the tool.
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Alternatives Considered
Redgate
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.
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Zabbix
We're using the Solarwinds suite as our global monitoring standard, but it is very complex and its licensing model makes it difficult to monitor a wide range of technologies. So, we're using Zabbix as a complement on our monitoring process. Zabbix is a way more flexible and has free integrations to a wide range of technologies. It is also more 'user friendly' and easy to manage.
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Return on Investment
Redgate
  • 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.
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Zabbix
  • Zabbix simply makes it easier to identify, and subsequently resolve problems quickly
  • Zabbix gives one web page to look at to see a list of all on-going issue in a single place
  • Zabbix can automate response to alerts. For example, Zabbix allows you the customization to take a monitored server out of production rotation if it is identified as unhealthy
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ScreenShots

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