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"Memory and CPU utilization features are good.""We're able to diagnose issues prior to their actually becoming issues. Without the alerting, we wouldn't have a clue as to what was going to happen. With the alerting, it gives us a heads-up that a specific threshold has been met, and we need to take specific action.""The most valuable features are disk space projections for planning, and also the Snapshotting ability, to look back in time, to see what was going on the server at a particular time. It's basically the output of an sp_who2."

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"I consider the solution very scalable."

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"They can improve checking the status of the CPU, memory, and IO utilization from each task.""I'm going to do an upgrade which may resolve my issues, but one area for improvement is its ability to handle the amount of data that we collect with it. We're likely one of the largest installations, with over 300 servers being collected with this product, and sometimes there are gaps. That would really be my only concern, in terms of how the data is collected and stored, for consistency.""We don't find that it helps us with performance monitoring and diagnostics. We find that SentryOne does that better. Also, in terms of alerts, we had to customize them dramatically so that we didn't get alerted on every little thing.""I would absolutely love to create customized dashboards but, unfortunately, they don't provide me the information that I need to create the report. The report I need is the detail or the transaction detail that's happening on those Snapshots. I'd like to be able to go back through time and search for things. I don't have that functionality, which is very disappointing. That's pretty bad and frustrating because I could query it and find out so much information about what's hitting my environment and when, but instead, they want control over it and to not give me that information. So it's encrypted. I can't pull it out and that is really bothersome.""The initial setup gives too many user rights to the server, so you have to put a user that is part administrator's group - that's the preferred way - on each server, which is kind of a risk. You want to do least privilege and you're not doing that."

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"There's no reporting with this tool, and there really should be. They should add that into future releases."

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"We were upgraded to Premium Support without their actually asking us, when we were quoted. Then I asked for Standard Support and that they had to re-quote us that. But they don't do that by default. They upcharge you by default, which I didn't think was very nice, without even asking."

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IDERA SQL DM, IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager Dell Spotlight
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IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is a robust performance monitoring, alerting and diagnostics solution for Microsoft SQL Server on-premises and in the cloud. It proactively notifies of health, performance, and availability problems via a desktop, web, and mobile console. It minimizes costly server downtime with agentless, real-time monitoring and customizable alerting for quick diagnosis and remediation.

Unlike its competition, it provides effective scalability, advanced SQL query analysis and optimization, prescriptive analysis with corrective SQL scripts, powerful automated alert responses, broad Microsoft PowerShell integration, complete customization, and extensive support for current and legacy SQL Server and Windows.

Quest Spotlight ensures peak performance around the clock with unmatched monitoring, diagnosis and optimization of SQL Server environments. Spotlight provides access to the details you need for optimal fitness of your SQL Server databases. Get overviews of health and performance, automated alerts and actions, and mobile device support.
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Padnos, University of Notre Dame, D4, Infeon Technologies, Chevron, LC Waikiki, Sisters of Saint Francis Health Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, CVE, Colorado State University, St. Charles, Chaucer PLC, 1-800-Flowers, Ancoris, Money Management, National Opinion Research Center, California Department of Health, Plexus; Aviva, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, CBS, Comcast, Google, Merck, Regions Financial, Schneider Electric, Tata Consultancy Services, Verizon Communications, Zurich Financial ServicesJenkon
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Insurance Company14%
Comms Service Provider12%
Computer Software Company44%
Insurance Company9%
K 12 Educational Company Or School6%
Legal Firm5%
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IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server is ranked 5th in Database Development and Management with 3 reviews while Quest Spotlight is ranked 7th in Database Development and Management with 1 review. IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server is rated 7.4, while Quest Spotlight is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server writes "Proactively alerts us on a wide variety of issues, but it has not scaled out well with our large environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Quest Spotlight writes "A solution with good monitoring features, good stability and has the ability to scale". IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server is most compared with Redgate SQL Toolbelt, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, SQL Sentry, Quest Foglight for Databases and SCOM, whereas Quest Spotlight is most compared with Oracle Enterprise Manager, Quest Foglight for Databases, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, Toad Data Modeler and SQL Sentry.

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