IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager vs. SQL Sentry

IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is ranked 6th in Database Development and Management with 5 reviews vs SQL Sentry which is ranked 10th in Database Development and Management with 1 review. 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". The top reviewer of SQL Sentry writes "The blocking and deadlock report feature is very convenient to use". IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager is most compared with SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, Redgate SQL Toolbelt and SQL Sentry. SQL Sentry is most compared with IDERA SQL Diagnostic Manager, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer and Redgate SQL Toolbelt.
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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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This solution has identified blocking, deadlock, memory pressure, and high CPU consumption issues.

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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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If we can get details on wait types from system views, it will help identify a more detailed root cause.

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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. 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.

SentryOne is the most capable, scalable platform for enterprise data performance management, from development through production. We empower Microsoft database professionals with the best solutions for developing, testing, documenting, and monitoring the Microsoft Data Platform.
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