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SolarWinds SQL Sentry

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SolarWinds Task Factory

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Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

This solution is perfect for a team with a large server count and, at least, moderate experience supporting a SQL Server environment. If the environment is smaller or the team has less experience working with SQL Server performance tuning methodologies, then the tool may be overwhelming for the users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Task Factory

Speeds up ETL development - so good for small shops and not very expensive. Not required where there is a big team of programmers and resistance to using 3rd party products. Also, the fact that SolarWinds is dropping some related products makes me nervous and want to build my own products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

SQL Performance Monitoring

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.1
SolarWinds Task Factory
Performance dashboard
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.6
SolarWinds Task Factory
Intelligent alerting
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.7
SolarWinds Task Factory
Top SQL
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.6
SolarWinds Task Factory
Historical trend data
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
7.8
SolarWinds Task Factory
Virtualization support
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
7.7
SolarWinds Task Factory

Data Source Connection

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.8
Connect to traditional data sources
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.8

Data Transformations

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.7
Simple transformations
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.7
Complex transformations
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.7

Data Governance

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
9.0
Integration with data quality tools
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.9
Integration with MDM tools
SolarWinds SQL Sentry
SolarWinds Task Factory
9.1

Pros

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

  • The Top SQL functionality has been extremely useful for identifying poorly performing queries by resource consumption.
  • The flexibility of creating your own Advisory Conditions has allowed us to integrate our custom internal alerts into a centralized dashboard and alerting platform.
  • Being able to highlight any chart on the dashboard and then tool-matching that window across all the other charts makes it much easier to correlate the different performance metrics against each other.
Andrew Gould | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Task Factory

  • The single most beneficial component to Task Factory is the Upsert component. If you're familiar with writing MERGE statements in T-SQL, you'll appreciate the Upsert component. Drag the component into your Data Flow and a few clicks later you have a MERGE without the code complexities.
  • Where some native SSIS components leave you wanting more, Task Factory extends on many of these components as well as support for data sources not native to SSIS components.
  • The number of extra components that come in the Task Factory tool kit will expand your tool belt to do just about anything you need or want to accomplish in SSIS.
Frank Coulter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

  • Tuning advice: With all the graphs and data available, it's not always easy to determine the best thing to do. I'd like to see SentryOne provide some best practice analysis based on the historical information collected for the server being looked at.
  • They could add help tips or links to help documents, when you select a graph on the dashboard. Inexperienced users tend to put blinders on and focus on one thing when they see a high counter or something out of the ordinary. It would be very useful to include a link that provides underlying help. The link would provide an explanation of the counter in detail and offer possible explanations as to why the counter is off.
Kevin R. Zakoski | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Task Factory

  • Need to improve the component usage documents. That helps to save a lot of time to understand the component behavior and usage.
  • Sometimes it is hard to troubleshoot a connector.
  • Connectors are not often released, it is quite difficult to update connectors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds SQL Sentry 8.8
Based on 16 answers
Absolutely. SQL Sentry is an absolute must have for any company with a SQL Server estate. It provides a force multiplier to effectively manage SQL Server, and the feature sets are second to none. The support and expertise at SentryOne is incredible. They are very supportive of both the platform users and helping your business with the product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 8.1
Based on 4 answers
Task Factory has become a key product for our use of doing ETL work in SSIS. Their custom SSIS components allow us to work simply on the data engineering side of things. We can ignore the lower level work needed to connect to disparate data sources. This allows us to work faster and provide more value to the business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds SQL Sentry 9.2
Based on 12 answers
I accept that the flexibility of the alerting comes at a price. Other than the alerting SQL Sentry's interface is intuitive. Connecting to a new SQL instance, given that all the needed ports are open in your firewalls is straight forward. Reviewing the performance and queries for an instance is available in with a right click. As you dig in new tabs are created to present the detailed data. I find the ability to filter and rollup metrics on a query very helpful in dealing with the "it's running slow". You can easily compare the metrics of run times for the same query to let the user know, it's probably data your doing a billion reads instead of the usual 100 thousand.
Mark Lessard | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I consider really nice usability when you have intuitive software usage and a good interface and in terms of these two things, there are no complaints about what is offered by SolarWinds Task Factory. So it can explain why I'm giving this quite high rating for the software and I expect nothing but it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I don't have any complaints about it, it has been available 100% of the time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 7.0
Based on 1 answer
That is one of the things they still have some space for improvement, the performance is quite ok in general but depending on what you are doing and when you need the information, this process can be a bit slower and take a bit longer. It is not something that makes the tool bad but there is a space to be improved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds SQL Sentry 9.9
Based on 19 answers
From their infancy as a smaller company to now as a global player they have always kept focus on prioritising he customer. They know their product and the technology it supports and are easily accessible for both resolving problems with the product all the way to adding value through additional training and assisting with getting return on investment through utilisation of the many features the product provides.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 8.3
Based on 2 answers
As mentioned before, they have quite good documentation and the support usage was not really necessary so far, I consider this rating because it's being more than enough for us what they have as documentation and the support team looks ready to help us if needed, what we really appreciate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

No score
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Implementation Rating

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds SQL Sentry 8.5
Based on 18 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 8.1
Based on 3 answers
Overall it went smoothly. Had a couple of gotchas with licensing and upgrading but nothing that really stopped us.
Steven Gockley, MBA, MCSA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

Price and the recommendation of our peers [in] the industry led to the process [by which] we bought [SolarWinds Task Factory] for the management of our business processes. It offers a good price policy and we can what is going on in the expansion process. My thoughts about the software [is that it] was amazing how much it [handles] for our business.
Emin Huseyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

SolarWinds Task Factory 9.0
Based on 1 answer
That is the main feature for me when we are talking about SolarWindws Task Factory, the way they elaborated the concept, makes it pretty easy to scale it and make it available for the whole organization where everyone can use and extract what the tool has as the best, providing information and usability to everyone.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SolarWinds 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

SolarWinds Task Factory

  • We were able to support our developers with Task Factory features and reduce the development time by 40%.
  • Recently Task Factory has changed their pricing module and it seems to be pretty costly for our process. Our business team has started to evaluate whether this is worth it going forward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

General

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

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Editions & Modules

Edition
SQL Sentry$1,4501
Plan Explorer (SQL Server Query Tuning)$02
SQL Sentry for Azure SQL Database$1613
  1. Per year per instance (annual subscription)
  2. Free
  3. Per year per database (annual subscription)
Additional Pricing Details

SolarWinds Task Factory

General

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

SolarWinds Task Factory Editions & Modules

Edition
Task Factory1,245 (annual subscription license)1
Task Factory Azure Data Factory1,495 (annual subscription license)2
  1. per server
  2. per ADF node
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
9.0
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.8
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.1

Usability

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
9.2
SolarWinds Task Factory
9.0

Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
7.1
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.0

Performance

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
7.1
SolarWinds Task Factory
7.0

Support Rating

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
9.9
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.3

In-Person Training

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.0
SolarWinds Task Factory

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
8.5
SolarWinds Task Factory
8.1

Scalability

SolarWinds SQL Sentry
7.0
SolarWinds Task Factory
9.0

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