If you already have an application performance monitoring tool like Dynatrace or New Relic, chances are you have some form of database monitoring. However, most of these tools lack the visibility and functionality you need to truly understand what might be going on under the hood of your database.
Our team of database experts have compiled this guide to help you determine whether a database performance monitoring tool might reinforce your approach to gaining visibility into your data estate.
|Capabilities||Database Performance Monitoring (DPM)||APM|
|Monitoring||Detailed database monitoring for comprehensive root cause analysis.||Broad but high-level monitoring across your entire network.|
|Metrics||Detailed metrics about advanced SQL Server features.||Generalized database metrics typically intended to serve across multiple vendor platforms.|
|Visibility||Integrated visibility to correlate activity (hypervisor, OS, database management system) across the technology stack.||Separate modules typically required to add visibility into various technology stack components, requiring manual effort to correlate and cross-reference.|
|Alerting||Built-in alerts for conditions specific to SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform.||Few out-of-the-box alerts, requiring tedious configuration to get more than up/down or response time alerting.|
|Metrics collection||Comprehensive collection from performance counters, system views, error logs, system traces, and more.||High-level metric collection to point you in the right direction, but requiring additional information gathering outside the tool.|
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