SolarWinds DPA makes your day more than OK!
January 23, 2019

SolarWinds DPA makes your day more than OK!

Chris Giles | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Solarwinds Database Performance Analyzer

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is used to identify possible issues related to performance, outages or develop improvements in both our own and vendor-provided solutions with SQL databases. Our internal development and support team can review the findings and recommendations from SolarWinds and report on any issues to staff and management. Our vendor can be provided reports on SQL performance of their product after version upgrades, design implications or outages with easy to read data and recommendations. The content being monitored impacts the entire organization so it is critical to our success that these tools function at their best at all times. We were incredibly fortunate to locate the SolarWinds DPA tool.

Pros

  • Deep dive into reports, via logging, graphs and pop up tips from SolarWinds.
  • Easy to install and customize, recommendations on findings are easy to understand.
  • Easy to read interface and layout, little to no training required to become operational.

Cons

  • I would like to see more granularity in administrative rights, although this is a very minor issue.
  • Pushed vendor to resolve issues in their product and resolve issues quicker with supporting data. This allowed staff to have fewer outages, and be heard about the problems they experience with supporting data.
  • Allowed our own internal development team to see results of changes to their designed products and adjust as needed, resulting in better use of time, shorter lead time.
  • Reports to Management that let them see impacts of product changes on clients and customers has allowed for better decision making when considering changes to products.
We did not look at any other tools, and chose SolarWinds after a trial of the product and seeing immediate benefits of its implementation in our environment.
I think SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is better suited for database environments where a critical product is used and you need to either be proactive to resolve issues or have issues currently that are difficult to diagnose. In the absence of a DBA on staff, it would be useful for other IT staff to support vendor-provided products and provide details back on performance or even recommend improvements.

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