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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    SQL Performance Monitoring

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Spotlight

    77%
    Spotlight ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Performance dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    3 Ratings

    Intelligent alerting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Top SQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.6
    66%
    2 Ratings

    Historical trend data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Virtualization support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    94%
    112 Ratings
    8.4

    Spotlight

    84%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.6

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    86%
    4 Ratings

    Spotlight

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.1

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    91%
    6 Ratings

    Spotlight

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    91%
    1 Rating

    Spotlight

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.1

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    91%
    1 Rating

    Spotlight

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.4

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    94%
    6 Ratings
    8.8

    Spotlight

    88%
    4 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.7

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    77%
    2 Ratings

    Spotlight

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.2

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    82%
    1 Rating

    Spotlight

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    This is an easy 10 because I actually have recommended this product to multiple clients and colleagues! Any shop that writes its own SQL queries will benefit from the insight provided by SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, so they know which of their queries is causing a bottleneck. Small shops or databases with only a few tables likely will see far fewer opportunities for optimization.
    Stan York | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    Spotlight is great when you need a tool to give a quick look at a SQL server as a whole. It gives you the ability to see a lot of things, which can be vital in diagnosing problems or identifying stressors. Less great is the open-end of some of the diagnoses it makes, and things it identifies as "problems" (unless you love users coming to you and saying something like "Spotlight says there's a problem with our page latch!!!").
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    • Maintains historical SQL execution data, enabling forensic analysis
    • Has the ability to slice and dice the data so that you can drill down to the execution of a single SQL statement being executed by a stored procedure
    • Alerts to when the consumption pattern changes
    • Shows historical average run times against the current, illustrating problems when they arise
    • Provides tuning advice based on best practices
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    • I love the main page that provides a color code list of all the servers so I know very quickly where to focus my attention first.
    • I love how easy it is to configure new notifications.
    • I love how easy it is to configure a new server to monitor.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    • Alerts seem to be lacking in DPA compared to competitor's tools. They can be setup but are not quite as easy or as helpful as some other tools I have used.
    • Grooming/pruning the repository database isn't very easy. We don't manage a lot of instances but our repo DB has grown pretty significantly.
    • At times when I am drilled-down to a chart, it can be difficult to navigate around from that point to another time range/query/metric.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    • Have not found any issues at this point.
    Kathy Nahle | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Spotlight

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 8.6
    Based on 4 answers
    We have relied on this product for a very long time and it continues to exceed expectations. The product is a vital part of our organization at this point, it would not be very ideal for us to abandon it. We use it almost every day and depend on its alerts for critical parts of our business
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.1
    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

    Spotlight

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.4
    Based on 6 answers
    I have had to use their support on a few occasions, for reasons that I am not clear about until recently I have always had problems upgrading the software (although the last 2 updates have gone without issue which I am very pleased to say).On those unfortunate occasions, the support has been brilliant with either excellently documented guides on how to resolve the issue by myself or have been hands-on with calls and screen sharing to remotely fix the issue. Every time the problem was sorted and more importantly, nothing was lost (apart from a bit of time). And as I stated above whatever the problem was that was causing my upgrade issues appears to have been resolved in the last 2 updates.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    Spotlight 8.8
    Based on 4 answers
    Though our support needs have been minimal, we have gotten good responses when we have needed it.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 7.7
    Based on 2 answers
    Follow the guidelines for the capacity of the servers. We found that the DPA databases were getting rather large and also that there are ways to reduce their size built into some of the options.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    At the time, we found SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer to be easier to setup and to have a richer feature set than Redgate SQL Monitor, plus, from what I remember, the DPA pricing worked better for us over the course of a year. We're very happy with all the features DPA has to offer.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    I think Dell is better with its dashboard and ease of use, but SQL Sentry is better at customization. We used Spotlight at my previous company, and SQLSentry at my current company.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

    • It has allowed us to progress as an organization with much less reliance on a direct DBA than would traditionally be required
    • Allowed us to be much more proactive in our performance monitoring and responding to issues that would affect users.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Spotlight

    • We have not encountered any issues and continue to keep Spotlight's version current.
    • Very simple to set up and add databases. The only thing that has to happen to the database is that a user ID needs to exist.
    Kathy Nahle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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