Redgate SQL Monitor Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
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We have implemented Redgate SQL Monitor to proactively monitor one of customer's SQL servers used by their CRM software. It helped us find the main cause of their CRM software's bad performance following a P2V migration and change in the number of virtual CPUs. We have used it since for alerting and reporting.
  • It is easy to use and provides very good reporting on the SQL servers being monitored. These reports are used in our monthly customer reports.
  • Redgate does a very good job at improving the product, fixing bugs and adding new features compared to other products I have researched.
  • The insights provided makes it an ideal tool for database administrators and software developers.
  • It is a great tool for helping DBAs with their work but a bit expensive for MSPs to use for their day to day monitoring.
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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Score 8 out of 10
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I used to use SQL Monitor because I could not afford AppInsight for SQL from Solarwinds.

However they offer different benefits. A feature that Redgate offers is an indication if your server is under attack and where from, a simple extension would allow further action to be drawn from this, eg looking up the IP in a an IP Black list, which could advise you to block further access from that IP address in China. Redgate reports it as a fault, not an attack; they don't look at the bigger picture.

This is the fundamental flaw with all Redgate products, they are too precious about their intellectual property to the detriment of usability. This is often found with installation and upgrades failing, hence they have written but not publicised sanitization tools to remove all traces of Redgate from your system, so once it is installed don't touch it, and I am a fan of Redgate toolbelt. If they had only offered a scripting/WebHook interface to SQL Monitor then an eco system could emerge around it for the benefit of all. Redgate products typically have a UI which is a hosted Chromium UI, so the UI is actually a web page, which has some advantages, speed not being one of them.

So should you get SQL Monitor - well yes (unless you have Solarwinds and thus AppInsight for SQL)
  • 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
  • Openness - They are too attached to their Intellectual Property to the detriment of usability, stability and reliability. So once its is installed and working leave it alone. Best run it on a VM as that can be restored quickly for when it breaks.
  • If they exposed an API/SDK that allowed you to leaver their products life would be far sweeter, it would feel less of a battle.
  • Add WebHooks to SQL Monitor to enhance integration to other subsystems.
  • Make it easy to install in default mode. So you are not forced to use TomCat Use as ASP.Core Selfl Hosting options.
Well suited when you have one SQL server and you don't have a dedicated DBA.
Where your biz depends on this DB.
It's easy to add more monitoring.
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Score 8 out of 10
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It is used in a client site to monitor their SQL estate.
  • Global Dashboard gives a great overview
  • Ability to rename/alias a server
  • Easy to navigate
  • I don't think the custom metrics/alerting is as flexible as say SQLSentry
Redgate SQL Monitor is well suited to environments which have little or no SQL Server knowledge/experience.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Redgate SQL Monitor as our primary SQL Server monitoring application. It's main tasks are to alert the DBAs of any problems with SQL server, such as failed jobs, long running queries, SQL errors, or host-level issues like high CPU or filled disks. We also use it for aggregating performance metrics and troubleshooting performance issues using wait statistics
  • Provides a quick dashboard to identify what servers have issues, and the priority of them
  • Allows for granular control over thresholds and alerting which can be set at multiple levels
  • Let you easily go back in time to see what was going on in the past
  • Incremental releases can be buggy
  • Isn't the best for pinpointing performance issues
  • Web interface can be sluggish
Redgate is great for getting a feel of the general health across all your SQL instances, and for aggregating performance metrics to trend over time. It isn't the best tool when you are trying to drill into specific performance issues or for specific performance tuning.
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Redgate SQL Monitor Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Performance dashboard (4)
8.8
Intelligent alerting (4)
8.8
Top SQL (3)
8.0
Historical trend data (4)
9.8
Virtualization support (2)
9.8

About Redgate SQL Monitor

A SQL Server monitoring tool that helps teams looking after SQL Server be more proactive. Not only does SQL Monitor alert you to current issues, it gives you the information you need to stop them happening in the future.

With SQL Monitor in place you can spot trends and issues occurring and take action before it becomes a problem for your users. So whether you need to work out how long it's going to be until that disk is full, or be alerted when unusual activity starts to impact database performance, SQL Monitor gives you the information and insight you need, tailored to your SQL Server environment.

SQL Monitor grows with your estate through distributed monitoring, allowing you to monitor tens or hundreds of servers from a single user interface. As well as monitoring on-premises servers, you can also monitor servers on VMs, AzureDB and AWS.

Redgate SQL Monitor Features

SQL Performance Monitoring Features
Has featurePerformance dashboard
Has featureIntelligent alerting
Has featureTop SQL
Has featureHistorical trend data
Has featureVirtualization support
Additional Features
Has featureAvailability-group analysis
Has featureDisk capacity planning and filegrowth alerting
Has featureInstalled version and patching information
Has featureTempDB monitoring
Has featureGrouped alert inbox
Has featureCustomizable reporting
Has featureDeadlock visaulizations
Has featureBlocking process information and visualizations
Has featureTips on improving performance
Has featureBulk add servers and server import API
Has featureAzureDB and AWS support

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Redgate SQL Monitor Integrations

Redgate SQL Compare, Redgate SQL Code Guard, Redgate SQL SQL Change Automation

Redgate SQL Monitor Competitors

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager, SentryOne SQL Sentry, Quest Spotlight

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

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.

Redgate SQL Monitor Support Options

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Redgate SQL Monitor Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:No
Supported Languages: English