Compare IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager vs. IDERA SQL Doctor

IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is ranked 4th in Database Development and Management with 4 reviews while IDERA SQL Doctor is ranked 17th in Database Development and Management with 1 review. IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is rated 8.0, while IDERA SQL Doctor is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager 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 IDERA SQL Doctor writes "By capturing performance issues when they happen, we do not miss crucial data". IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is most compared with SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, SQL Sentry and Redgate SQL Toolbelt, whereas IDERA SQL Doctor is most compared with IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager and SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer.
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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.The best part of SQL DM is the ability to customize alerts and counters. This allows our team to find an issue then alert on the issue at a granular level.SQL DM made troubleshooting much easier and allowed multiple people to look into an issue with confidence.Monitors and alerts on our mission critical instances in real-time on a 24/7 basis.

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You can have multiple scans archived when comparing the tracing from a baseline perspective. Two scans can give us insights concerning the difference between a good and a bad situation.

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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.It would helpful if SQL DM could mark when changes are made within the program.

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SQL Doctor should be improved in Availability Groups, mirroring, and clustering analyses. We mostly see index and query plan analyses. It should be broader than this.

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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.The pricing is reasonable, it's comparable with the competitors.

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

IDERA SQL Doctor is a must-have time-saving tool that leverages proven industry best practices endorsed by Microsoft SQL Server Most Valuable Professionals (MVP)s to analyze and provide recommendations for improving SQL Server performance. It targets some of the most common performance problems such as queries, server configuration, security, database objects, memory, wait statistics, query plans, and much more.

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