SQL Sentry to keep an eye on things
Updated April 13, 2021

SQL Sentry to keep an eye on things

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SQL Sentry

We use SQL Sentry in my department to monitor patterns and fluctuations in performance for our SQL Servers. It's helped us address monthly spikes and unusual performance dips, so we know when we have a bug in just-released code and we know when to prepare for slightly-slower systems and address that accordingly.


  • offers good insight into data that would otherwise be time-consuming to compile
  • performance tuning
  • monitoring metrics


  • customization of alerts can be tricky
  • could have more granular data
  • summary reports could be more complete
For our use, SQL Sentry is just a better fit. It's faster to implement and easier to find the data we wanted to see.
SQL Sentry is a great monitoring tool for performance in environments that are transaction-heavy. It gives a complex overall view of performance on a daily/hourly/etc. basis so you know where spikes are happening (and when, more importantly). It also provides insight into blocking processes, so if you have a long-running query/job, you can see what's happening more clearly.

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Feature Ratings

Performance dashboard
Intelligent alerting
Historical trend data
Virtualization support

SQL Sentry Business Processes

  • Performance monitoring
  • Tuning
  • History/audit
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
The usability really sold us on SQL Sentry here. We also really liked the alerts built-in. We had a ton of in-house health checks and maintaining those could get tricky but the monitoring/alerting with SQL Sentry helps a ton.


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