Guiding Your Clients on the Journey to Amazon RDS for SQL Server

Nick Harshbarger

Published On: November 1, 2018

Categories: Cloud, Amazon RDS, SentryOne 0

Are your clients taking a more serious look these days at moving their SQL Server workloads from on-premises to the cloud? One option they’re likely considering is Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) because of the benefits this approach provides in security management, scalability, and cost savings. To further extend the value of your clients’ Amazon RDS investment, SentryOne now offers performance monitoring for Amazon RDS that goes beyond the capabilities Amazon offers in the native environment.

By choosing to migrate database workloads to the cloud, companies necessarily forgo the responsibility—and headaches—of managing availability, OS patching, and database backups. SentryOne provides a pragmatic approach for managing SQL Server performance by collecting performance metrics beyond those captured by the Amazon CloudWatch monitoring service.

Solutions to Ease the Migration Path for Your Clients

By offering SentryOne for Amazon RDS, MSPs and solution providers can expand client services to multiple cloud environments, and resellers can tap into a new market. As a SentryOne partner, you can now offer a performance monitoring solution on Amazon RDS that’s equitable to your offerings for databases hosted on Azure.

SentryOne Capabilities for Amazon RDS Monitoring

SentryOne collects and displays actionable SQL Server metrics to simplify the process of finding and fixing performance problems. These metrics include SQL Server waits, backups, transactions, latency, and Top SQL, which offers a view of high-impact queries. SentryOne collects more SQL Server-specific metrics than Amazon CloudWatch (the native monitoring solution) and presents them in a clean, intuitive dashboard. The dashboard includes “Jump To” navigation for easy drill down into more details.

SentryOne also provides proactive Advisory Conditions that can be customized for Amazon RDS and allows for the quick definition of logic for automated performance tests and action in response to the tests, including executing PowerShell commands.

SentryOne also offers industry-leading support so that you and your clients can be confident that you’ll have a trusted advisor during and after the migration to Amazon RDS.

With the addition of support for Amazon RDS, SentryOne now offers industry-leading performance monitoring capabilities for complex hybrid SQL Server environments and cloud migrations, whether your clients are transitioning to AWS or Azure.

Want to learn more about how to get the most out of your Amazon RDS deployment? Check out our free on-demand webinar, "What You Need to Know About Migrating to Amazon RDS for SQL Server."

Nick (@nicharsh) is the Senior Vice President of Cloud Alliances for SentryOne and is responsible for leading the SentryOne relationships with Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud providers. Prior to joining SentryOne, Nick was Vice President of National & Strategic Accounts for Dictaphone - Healthcare Division. Previous experience includes sales management positions with Computer Associates, NEC Computer USA, Tegra Varityper, and Heath/Zenith Computer Systems. Nick holds a BA degree in Economics from University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.