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- Oracle Exadata
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- Microsoft SQL Server
- Azure SQL Database
- Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
- SAP ASE
What makes DPA stand out:
- Quick, easy, and reliable performance
troubleshooting available in real time and historically
- Machine learning anomaly analysis to bring intelligence to go beyond traditional threshold based analysis
- Find inefficient workloads, aggregated by table, for indexing opportunities—an “X marks the spot” tuning analysis
- Cross-platform database support for a single-pane-of-glass view into your environment
- Blocking analysis: what is blocking and a hierarchy of what is being blocked, plus overall impact
- PerfStack™ integration with other SolarWinds products for more complete visibility (applications, servers, storage, hypervisor, network, and more)
- Agent-less architecture with the ability to scale from a few instances to thousands, low 1% average overhead
- Supported: Database monitoring
- Supported: Tuning advisors for queries, workload, and indexes aggregated at the table level
- Supported: Correlated resource metrics for easy diagnosis of hardware constraint impacts on end-users
- Supported: Detailed blocking analysis for contention bottlenecks
- Supported: I/O activity tracking at the drive/mount and file level
- Supported: Alerts and reports
- Supported: DPA Central to manage large and/or distributed environments
- Supported: Always On Availability Group and RAC insights
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- SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
- SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
- SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
- SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
- SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
- SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
- SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM)
- SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager (VNQM)
- SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
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|Deployment Types||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems||Windows, AWS Marketplace app|
DPA is a *tremendous* tool. It provides a deep dive across all critical metrics on our ORA RDS & EC2. I find the table/query advisories to be of great use.
Would deploy across any DB if I could - the info is gold.
- Drill-down into expensive queries.
- Table/Query Advisor.
- Easy to interpret graphing.
- Identifies objects causing bottleneck by real wait time
- Identifies specific section of a large query that needs attention
- Lets you see what index is actually being used
- Helps you see if CPU, RAM or DISK is the limiting resource
- View Plan Details is actually a bit weaker than SSMS because all the lines are the same width
- The "View SQL Text" viewer could be fancier - but it does clearly identify the problem section
- Ease of configuring alerting
- Excellent tooltips and descriptions of issues
- Clear breakdown of multiple metrics and performance statistics
- A plethora of metrics are captured for analysis
- Being able to alert on blocked sessions over a time period, rather than a flat value threshold
- Shows SQL utilization over time.
- Identifies slow queries.
- Identifies bottlenecks.
- Navigation can be tricky and it's not very intuitive.
- Database performance monitoring.
- Database performance root cause analysis.
- Server performance monitoring.
- Licensing Model can be expensive on a per-instance basis, consider a per-host-based option.
- Limited ability to combine monitoring results for similar groups of servers.
- Different license types for different types of servers (Oracle Enterprise vs Standard).
- Automatically emails me weekly reports so I can keep an eye on our database performance.
- Easily identify problem queries.
- Helps us optimized our code.
- The initial learning curve is a little steep.
- A better explanation of the features would be nice.
- Navigation is sometimes a little tough.
1. End to End Database Instance Monitoring.
2. Database in Clusters Monitoring such as Availability Group in MS SQL, CDB in Oracle etc
3. If you want detailed monitoring with historical analysis.
4. SQL Statement Deep Dive Analysis for WAIT Time reason, Blockers, Deadlocks etc
Solarwinds DPA is not well suited if you are looking for Detailed VM, OS monitoring where Database is installed.
- Multi Vendor Databases Monitoring
- Agentless Monitoring
- Less Dependency on DB Admins
- Less Resources consumption on target databases
- API based integrations
- Cloud Database Monitoring such as Google native SQL service
- Modern (no SQL ) database monitoring
- Dashboard Flexibility
- Reporting Flexibility
- The alert configuration is very robust, allowing simple OOTB alerts as well as complex query-based alerts.
- Blocking event tracking makes it easy to identify if a user's performance issue is a truly server-related performance problem.
- Historical tracking of queries allows me to easily identify frequently used statements that might need tuning.
- Some of the navigation leads to points that cannot be easily backed out of.
- Some navigation points lead around in circles.
- I would like to see index usage statistics as well as fragmentation.
- The product is great at visualizing the data you need for administration and performance tuning, making it understandable in seconds. A database like Oracle has AWR reports - many pages long, all text, hard to read. SQL Server has dynamic management views - good stuff but not so easily accessible. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) lays it out so it is quickly comprehensible and actionable.
- DPA tells us what's really going on. Example: the developer says this stored procedure is running super slowly in this RDBMS but runs like lightning on this other one. They've tried to tune it to no avail. So we spend just a few minutes with DPA investigating the situation and we find that the stored proc is running fine. Instead, it is the application's attempt to access the metadata about the proc that is slow. This led to caching the metadata and now the 'slow' proc is running great! Without DPA it would have been a long time before we got to looking at the right code to tweak.
- It's great that we can use the built-in alerts functionality to create custom alerts. The custom alerts can gather information for the databases we are monitoring or from the data DPA collects which go beyond the database and into other relevant pieces like the OS, storage and the network.
- It's a great product - they do most things right. Maybe I'll say keep working on the UI so I can get to the info I need with even fewer clicks.
- One feature a competitor of DPA has that looks useful is mapping out when jobs are run and being able to map that time-wise against when problems occur.
- Tells you which statements in which stored procedures need work or are catastrophic (if that applies).
- Helps you focus attention on what really needs work, very efficiently.
- The UI gets clunky if you have lots of servers to monitor.
- It doesn't really rank problems across multiple servers.
- Anomaly detection powered by machine learning - new in version 12, greatly love that statistical analysis
- Compare workload versus past on daily basis and total, it really helps us to see big picture of growth and make capacity considerations
- Intuitive performance analysis - easyly examine the problems and find the root cause
- In the last two versions 12.0 and 12.1 SolarWinds has made great enhancements. I do not have a thing that I currently want to be changed. There are some cosmetics in the user interface but do not think that they are problems.
- Near-instantaneous feedback on problem queries
- Allows us to evaluate changes in the application or its stored procedures over time
- We can drill down to the end-user level to identify potential issues, important with > 2000 sessions daily
- Can't think of any feature or ops related issues. Prior complaints have all been addressed in newer updates.
- Only main complaint is cost -- we would adopt for other servers if the incremental cost wasn't so high for a few additional instances (we have 3 servers we would like to use DPA with, but can't justify the x3 pricing per instance).
- Analyzing query performance
- Index recommendation
- Wait time categorization and explanation
- Navigation is generally good, but some items can be confusing to find again
- Great Visual Display from Console - at a glance you can tell if there are issues
- Drill down on a single query to get recommendations on tuning the statement
- Automated Notifications, which can be customized / modified
- Live view on Storage I/O
- Resource Monitor is a plus - CPU Utilization - Instance and OS
- Recently addressed - protect the supply chain
- I can't keep up with all the improvements to tell you the truth ... Database Performance Analyzer is Awesome
- Demo Database Performance Analyzer - you will not be let down
- Join THWACK so you get the most out of your product. Great forum to get answers from colleges that may be experiencing the same issue!
- Database alerts
- Quick Analysis of performance for both the database and the server hardware
- Root cause analysis of historic issues
- Suggestions on improving the databases
- Database performance analysis
- Root cause analysis
- Database alerts
- Database job analysis
- Tuning alerts as they are not as critical as they appear to be on the dashboard
- Anomaly Detection.
- Optimizing Database Performance.
- Tuning Advisors and Query Wait Time Improvements.
- Integration with Orion Platform.
- Product Cost is High.
- Anomaly Detection is only available for certain Database attributes (Wait Time).
- Query analysis
- Resource usage
- Index advice
- More advice
- Backup details
- Excellent for trending SQL Performance over time.
- Excellent for monitoring deadlocks and blocking.
- Good for trending SQL query changes over time.
- It would be nice to have more built-in alerting capabilities.
- Indexing recommendations are also somewhat unclear. I have seen areas that say you could improve performance on a table for example but not giving any additional details beyond that.
- More in-depth recommendations, other tools like Idera Diagnostic Manager I feel are stronger in this area.
Alerting and notifications are not as strong as some other tools I have used.
Blocking and deadlocking features/analysis could be improved also.
- It allows us to have a gateway to the databases that the users would not normally have access to.
- It allows the database admins to not have to provide analysis as users can do their own through the interface.
- It's a quick place to do an initial view into performance issues for DBA.
- Would be nice to have more granular permissions.
We're also setting up alerts as per the requirement.
- Deadlock issues
- Performance tuning
- Graphical representation of SQL agent jobs
- Easy to create any graphs by adding tables or columns
- Change the home page for more options
- Best possible recommendations
- 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
- Everything is displayed visually, if you need detailed metrics, you have to extract manually, it could use a report writer with export to Excel.
- When a SQL statement is very long running, i.e. longer than the display interval, the display says that there are no statistics, it should on the other hand, show that the SQL statement is still running.
- When you name a SQL statement, it should be by DB, rather than global
Very appropriate for alerting to performance issues before they become critical
Can be challenging when monitoring an Oracle active-active RAC database, as each instance is effectively a separate database.
- Ease of Use
- Setting up alerts and blackouts could use improvement
- Should be able to flip between SQL ID and hash plan for queries
- Some queries that run on the database instances themselves could use tuning
- Insight into query wait times
- Ability to view Disk IO
- Historical trending of wait times
- Dated UI
- Development servers are not free
- Dashboard visualization of stats requires Solarwinds Performance Monitor (Included with Orion)
One thing to note is that you will need to host DPA yourself, it's not a cloud solution (although you can host it in the cloud if you prefer). This also means you have complete control over where this data resides.
- We have set up alerts on long-running queries, blocking other queries, deadlocks, instance availability, unused indexes, etc.
- The status summary is useful to see the load on the server.
- Deadlocks alert can be improved to show what queries were in the deadlock, so we can improve our solution.
- Deadlocks alert can be improved to show what queries were in the deadlock, so we can improve our solution.
- We never got to setup https using the documentation provided by solar winds. We still keep getting https error when we access our DPA site.
- A better technical customer service would help.
- no training
- Immediate bottlenecks on the database tier.
- Performance tuning.
- Historical reports.
- More details around the specific alerts which are raised on the console should be considered.
- More information from a host layer monitoring could be handy as well.
- A single layout for the report for all the different instances of DPA would be really handy. It is just tedious to go granular for all the instances across the landscape.
To ensure these issues can be given highest priority as and when any performance bottlenecks arise, the simple layout provided with the tool is really effective.