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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

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Score 8.7 out of 100

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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
9.1
Performance dashboard
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
9.3
Intelligent alerting
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
9.7
Top SQL
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
9.3
Historical trend data
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
9.4
Virtualization support
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
9.5

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

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

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

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 8.7
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

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

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

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.5
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

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Very satisfied
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry 8.5
Based on 11 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

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

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

  • I cannot provide quantitative data, but can give you some real positive impact example .
  • We had several points in the Internet banking applications which do not work as well as desired. Using DPA we identified the heaviest SQL queries and initiate a change request to the vendor. After implementing the received changes we are able to reduce response time by an order of magnitude.
Anonymous | 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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

General

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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)
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.2
SQL Sentry
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
8.7
SQL Sentry
9.0

Usability

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.2
SQL Sentry
8.9

Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.1
SQL Sentry
7.1

Performance

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.1
SQL Sentry
7.1

Support Rating

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.5
SQL Sentry
10.0

In-Person Training

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
SQL Sentry
8.0

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
9.1
SQL Sentry
8.5

Scalability

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
8.2
SQL Sentry
7.0

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