SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

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What is SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer?

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) enables deep visibility into database performance and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. What can you monitor with DPA? Oracle Oracle Exadata Oracle EBS Microsoft…

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What is SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer?

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) enables deep visibility into database performance and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning.

What can you monitor with DPA?
  • Oracle
  • Oracle Exadata
  • Oracle EBS
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
  • MySQL
  • DB2
  • SAP ASE
  • Aurora
  • MariaDB
DPA monitors physical, virtual, and cloud-based databases (including Microsoft Azure and Amazon RDS)

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Features

  • 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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Screenshots

Screenshot of DashboardScreenshot of Alerts and reportsScreenshot of Application-centric view of DPAScreenshot of Blocking deadlock analysisScreenshot of Collaboration across teamsScreenshot of Intuitive performance monitoringScreenshot of Performance intelligenceScreenshot of Query performance analysisScreenshot of Real-time & historic monitoringScreenshot of Recommendations

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Integrations

  • 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)
  • SolarWinds User Device Tracker

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, AWS Marketplace app
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

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Reviewers rate Support Rating and Solarwinds Premier Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.4.

The most common users of SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.
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Michael P. O'Hara | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Our e-commerce platform = crown jewels (i.e. all revenue flows in via website). Knowing the in/outs of DB performance is a business requirement.

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.
DPA would be useful in QA if one could run load simulations against the site/DB. Probably not viable for a lot of companies - though the cost per instance is peanuts.
  • Drill-down into expensive queries.
  • Table/Query Advisor.
  • Easy to interpret graphing.
Stan York | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Spitfire deploys a software platform backed by a Microsoft SQL Database with over 140 tables and more than 650 procedures. The size of the database typically surpasses millions of records and several hundred GB. SQL creates query plans that differ for each client depending upon their unique distribution of data. Some have only a few dozen projects a year - others a couple of thousand. Clients create budgets with different levels of detail and then create material purchases - sometimes one line each, others 500 lines. So a one-size-fits-all query is a challenge. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer gives us real-time, ongoing visibility into the performance of our queries across a real-world deployment.
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.
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
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We use DPA for database monitoring across the enter enterprise, dev/QA and production. We connect it to Oracle, SQL and MySQL Database Servers. We use DPA as a single source of monitoring for database performance issues. The historical and real-time query monitoring allows us to troubleshoot and quickly identify the root cause of a poorly performing server.
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) is great for monitoring Oracle and SQL databases for performance anomalies. When a user calls and says "It's slow" we have one [place] to go to review the data, zero on the problematic query and take action to resolve. In addition to being a great troubleshooting tool DPA also provides query tuning advice based on captured long-term analysis to spot inefficient patterns.
  • 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).
Good support, fast response, knowledgeable engineers, easy to access.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We are using Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer for few of our customers to help in monitoring their Database Environment which includes Microsoft SQL, Postgre SQL, Oracle etc. Solarwinds DPA is primarily used by Database Administrators, Application Engineers (Read Only) and Tools Administrators. There are few interaction with Key Management stakeholders for data analysis but its relatively less.
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 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
Score 10 out of 10
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We use the alerts to prevent problems. We use the performance data to diagnose and fix problems. We use the dashboard and drill down to know where we are at/know if we're doing well. We monitor any spikes or dips in overall response time to try to understand why users are having the UX they are experiencing.
The dashboard is great when you have dozens of instances you are administering. The free version used to be great for even tiny shops but was changed to crippledware. The history it keeps lets you diagnose a problem that happened yesterday or over the weekend or to see a pattern - does it happen at the same time every day or weekly on the same day of the week, etc.
  • 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.
Gus Gwynne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It is used by the database team to monitor and tune database performance in both SQL Server and Azure Databases. Slow databases, timeouts on websites and in services and applications, can frequently be caused by the data layer, and this is the best tool I've ever used for troubleshooting that.
It works really well if you either have a limited number of servers or if you are focusing your attention on a small number. If you have a ton of micro-databases, it's not going to be the best option.
  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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In our company we use SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer for proactive performance monitoring and anomaly detection in database overall health. This product gives us a first look at the big picture of the database performance. We configured some alerts and mail notifications, which saves us a lot of time. Our most common use case is to react to changed execution plans and take appropriate actions before end users of the systems start to complain about performance problem and response times.
I think it is well suited for mission-critical databases where every percent performance is a must. Maybe it would do great work in a data warehouse too, especially in detecting performance loss in ETL jobs. Actually, I think it is well-suited in all the use cases, if you have enough licenses :).
  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer to fine-tune SQL Server workloads and alert us to unexpected issues occurring on our database clusters. It helps us to see problems before they happen - long running queries or unexpected disk thrashing and to fix these problems before users become aware of a situation.
The product works incredibly well when trying to understand blocking and overall performance issues. It produces minimal load on the database server and provides a wealth of information. After you use the product to assist with urgent performance issues, it then alerts you to trends on your database server that may require your attention. By review these trends and adding indexes or modifying query patterns, you can substantially improve the performance and reduce the resources needed to running your database server. The software does require someone that understands query performance and optimization -- by no means does it do all of the work for you - but it does offer suggestions that are typically viable and worthwhile.
  • Analyzing query performance
  • Index recommendation
  • Wait time categorization and explanation
  • Navigation is generally good, but some items can be confusing to find again
The one time I contacted support, they were easy to speak to and resolved my question quickly.
Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The tools you decide to use in your environment are only as good as the effort put in to make it a valuable asset to your organization. We run a Computer Aided Dispatch application that looks like a wagon wheel with interfaces. The application interfaces communicate to a database instance running in a cluster. Database Performance Analyzer has allowed our organization to fine-tune the database to the extent that we now know exactly when the database may be experiencing issues. The issues before used to be queries and users (machines). The database is running so efficiently now, we drill down to the machine that is causing the issue. It is generally a user that has kicked off a query that they should be running against the reporting server, not the live database. DPA is an amazing tool. I have a dashboard of off the "current" 10-minute slice in time. I can tell by a visual look if something is not right.
Database Performance Analyzer is a great fit for any database big or small. We also use it to monitor our GIS Database which is only accessed by a single user at this time. The tools assist in providing efficiency recommendations. When anyone uses a database, performance always seems to be an issue. DPA allows you to monitor systems, providing information to database administrators on how they can better manage the database. There are so many aspects to managing a database, it is really nice to have a tool that displays those granular issues that could never be solved without visibility into how the applications are interacting with the database.
  • 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!
Andre Du Plessis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer has been a crucial part of maintaining uptime on our databases. It helped find many issues, current or historical, on our databases. The main use case for getting SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer in the first place was to find out why we were having application problems and remove the black box state of our databases. Except for this, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer has proven useful in other areas as well such as the overall maintenance and performance analyzing of our databases.
Currently, we use mostly use SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer for:

  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) is used by our organization for monitoring our Oracle and SQL Server Databases. It is a complete Database monitoring and performance management tool used by our Database Team for optimizing Database performance and fine-tuning. It identifies bottlenecks and root causes for any issues related to the database. It has inbuilt anomaly detection for proactive monitoring (machine learning). It helps identify issues related to Storage IO, provides Query and Table Advisors for fine-tuning database queries, resources being used by the databases (CPU, Memory, Disk, ASM, etc.)
It helps identify underlying issues with the database, related to database performance, slow response, and long-running queries. It pinpoints application-related issues due to database performance. It is cross-platform and can support Oracle, SQL Server, and other database platforms on Windows, Red Hat, and Solaris.
  • 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).
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