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Joseph Dixon | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 03, 2020

Solarwinds DPA - a DBA's MVP!

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer may have a dated UI, but don't let that deter you as what it really does well is give you the data you need to find issues and resolve them with your SQL Servers. It can also do Oracle and other platforms as well. Your servers being on the cloud is NOT a problem at all and we have full visibility into our Google Cloud database instances as well as our on-prem instances within the same pane of glass. If you have MySQL or PostgreSQL you might look into Solarwinds Database Performance Monitor instead, unless you have a mixture of both and want everything in one spot.
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.
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Emmanuel Bradley | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

Great for general monitoring

Score 8 out of 10
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Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer is well suited for general monitoring. If you are interested in overall trends and issues that have a significant affect on performance, then this tool works well. It is less appropriate for deep dives into specific issues. When trying to monitor new changes, the impact must be big enough to display a difference in the charts.
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Mike Saedi | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 21, 2020

SolarWinds DPA is an Excellent Performance Monitoring Tool for SQL Server

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I like the fact that I can visually see what my SQL server is doing over time and drill into top queries.
Alerting and notifications are not as strong as some other tools I have used.
Blocking and deadlocking features/analysis could be improved also.
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Pat Groce | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 14, 2020

DPA in Govenment

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I find the number of databases we support is high compared to the staff DBAs available. The DPA product is a good product here. If you had just a couple of databases it wouldn't be necessary.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 05, 2020

SolarWinds DPA saves the day every time

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer - Recommended

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It's very helpful to have the robust reporting features available when you have a mission-critical database. We need to be aware of what is happening on our server and be able to tune and adjust as required to keep things running fast and smooth. SolarWinds DPA allows us to do this.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

SolarWinds DPA is a great product to visually see the health of the databases and make a proactive monitoring and root cause analysis

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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 :).
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 14, 2020

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Review

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It is good to set up alerts on the database server. some of the alerts described in previous answers can be improved. Help on setup can be improved. As described earlier, we still do not have our DPA site set up with the security certificate and customer service did not help much.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 02, 2020

Easy to use and provides more details on the queries

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If you have high transactional database then this is very useful [for] getting resource usage information and understanding the usage of the databases. Wait time graphs helps us understand the database bottlenecks.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 20, 2020

Try it out if you want happy customers

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Very intuitive and easy for operations organizations to ensure that any symptoms which could lead to performance concerns on the database tier can be easily identified and looked at.
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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 19, 2020

SolarWinds DPA - perfect for query performance analysis.

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The historical record aspect to view performance over time is invaluable, to be able to go back and see when things change which can then be related to application changes is great. Additionally, the live reporting current detail is brilliant for out of the blue and immediate issues that have to be dealt with.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

DPA Pros and Cons

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Very good at query help and resource information. Not so good at DAG HA designs. We have a DAG setup and SolarWinds DPA can not even see the local HA if this is setup. That is kind of a bummer since we need the HA information and DAG is an older tech.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 14, 2020

Top of Class Database Performance Monitoring and Tuning Advisor!

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 14, 2020

Key to knowing true DB performance

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Recommended overall for database operations and management. The tool is key and has played a good role in providing key information for troubleshooting. It can, at times, present information in a way that can be confusing. But, the application is also very useful for maintaining application-specific metrics that can be used in SLAs and performance metrics.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

DPA: The Advance DBA Tool

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Well suited as an SQL server execution plan analyzer. Also, provides advice on the tunning part.

Alerting and reporting is also good features.
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Steven Pangilinan | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 27, 2020

Real ROI that added a 9 to our uptime.

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In an environment where many developers and DBAs are often working separately from each other on some projects and together on others, it gets difficult to see where the lines are between applications and databases. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer allows me as a manager to pinpoint issues and to get our developers or DBAs involved as appropriate to resolve issues that happen, and address issues that haven't happened yet. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is worth a whole 9 of uptime in and of itself.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 31, 2020

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer helps you become the best DBA you can be.

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is great for any company that uses some form of SQL server in their environment. Whether it's Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, etc, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer provides insight into your environment's health.
In order to fully utilize and appreciate SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, I do recommend you have some experience with SQL queries and databases, as some of the suggestions and issues that could arise needs to be fully understood prior to implementing the suggested fixes.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 07, 2020

SolarWinds DPA review

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Best suited in a three-tiered environment where there is a web application, middleware, and a DB in the backend. Not suited in stand-alone DB environment like backend DB for a static website. DPA is also very well suited when troubleshooting the application performance related issue. It gives a clear picture of the issue.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 28, 2020

Just works!

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We have used the product in more than one situation. One time we were analyzing an SQL database and had issues connecting. We used the software to see how we could correct any issues by the attempts it made to connect and to determine if there were any conflicts and how to work with the results.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 15, 2020

One of the BEST at-a-glance database monitoring tools out there.

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DPA works best for administrators that have some control or input to the queries that are being issued. If queries come from purchased applications, the best admins can do is play with indexes and resource tuning. DPA is really great for all administrators to monitor the overall status of servers.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 04, 2019

Invaluable, Trusted Performance Diagnostics

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Having used DPA for a multi-tenant, single DB server, SaaS, solution, and currently monitoring over 30 productions and QA DB servers, on a server-per-customer basis, SaaS solution, both are entirely appropriate DPA targets. Wherever lower spend due to optimized DB performance is considered, DPA is one of the best tools to meet that kind of objective.
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About 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

Has featureDatabase monitoring
Has featureTuning advisors for queries, workload, and indexes aggregated at the table level
Has featureCorrelated resource metrics for easy diagnosis of hardware constraint impacts on end-users
Has featureDetailed blocking analysis for contention bottlenecks
Has featureI/O activity tracking at the drive/mount and file level
Has featureAlerts and reports
Has featureDPA Central to manage large and/or distributed environments
Has featureAlways On Availability Group and RAC insights

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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 Pricing

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

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Support Options

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SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, AWS Marketplace app
Mobile Application:No