Comparing the Best SQL Server

Performance Monitoring Tools  

Frustrated with your current SQL Server performance monitoring methodTired of seeing gaps in monitoring data? Wasting time getting to the root cause of the performance problem because you don’t have the right metrics?

You need a more accurate, efficient way to monitor SQL Server performance. Check out how the capabilities of the best SQL Server performance monitoring solutions stack up to one another. 



SQL Sentry

SQL Diagnostic Manager
Database Performance Analyzer
Quest Software
Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise
Redgate Software
SQL Monitor
Enterprise scalability—monitors 800+ targeted database instances with one monitoring database icon-checkmark        
Top SQL capture icon-checkmark Limited  Limited  Limited  Limited 
Event calendar icon-checkmark        
Event chaining icon-checkmark        
SQL Agent job monitoring icon-checkmark icon-checkmark Limited icon-checkmark  Limited
Query analysis


Limited  Limited   Available in separate product Limited 
Query playback icon-checkmark        
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Advanced deadlock analysis icon-checkmark Limited  Limited  Limited  Limited 
Deadlock playback icon-checkmark        
Index analysis icon-checkmark Available in separate product icon-checkmark icon-checkmark   Available in separate product 
Index defragmentation icon-checkmark Available in separate product   icon-checkmark   Available in separate product
Graphical Always On monitoring icon-checkmark Limited  Limited  Limited  icon-checkmark
Customizable alerting icon-checkmark icon-checkmark icon-checkmark icon-checkmark icon-checkmark 
PowerShell module icon-checkmark icon-checkmark     icon-checkmark 
Storage performance visualization



Storage forecasting powered by machine learning icon-checkmark      


Windows process monitoring icon-checkmark     Available in separate product   
Windows event log monitoring icon-checkmark     Available in separate product   
Windows scheduled task management


Available in separate product   Available in separate product     
Azure SQL Database monitoring


With DB Sentry license

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Amazon RDS for SQL Server monitoring


APN Advanced Tier Partner

AWS Microsoft Workloads Competency Partner



SQL Server on Linux monitoring


Red Hat Partner


This feature comparison was compiled on 9/12/2019 based on generally available product information. We recommend that you perform proper due diligence to make sure you choose the best tool for your database environment. Please contact us if you have any concerns or feedback.


Proactively Manage SQL Server Performance with SQL Sentry 

SQL Sentry, the top-rated database performance monitoring solution, helps you solve database performance problems—and prevent future challengesthat could delay data delivery or even bring business data systems to a halt.  

With comprehensive support for SQL Server running in physical, virtual, and cloud environments, SQL Sentry offers many unique features, such as Advisory ConditionsStorage ForecastingEvent Chains, Event Calendarand built-in query tuning and analysis, that empower you to efficiently monitor, diagnose, and optimize your database environment and accelerate the delivery of critical business data. 

Optimal database performance is within reach. SQL Sentry delivers not only powerful database performance management capabilities in an intuitive dashboard but also extreme scalability, unrivaled customer support, and low overhead.  


Why Choose SQL Sentry?


Powerful, scalable monitoring

Monitor 800+ targets with no data loss

Predict future storage needs

Best Azure & AWS database monitoring

Unrivaled customer experience

Highest TrustRadius rating 

Free, video-based online training

100% customer satisfaction for support

Companies with the highest demands for database performance choose SentryOne


Manage Performance Across the Entire Microsoft Data Platform 

SQL Sentry is one of seven SentryOne performance monitoring solutions that make up the robust SentryOne Monitoring Platform. Get end-to-end visibility of your data estate so that you can quickly troubleshoot performance problems, even beyond the database. 

The SentryOne Monitoring Platform empowers you to manage performance across the entire Microsoft Data Platform, including: 


Learn More About the SentryOne Monitoring Platform