SQL Server Monitoring

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SQL Server Monitoring Is the First Step in Improving Performance

Microsoft SQL Server monitoring automates the collection of key metrics and relevant events.

It’s the first step in optimizing the performance of your data platform.

Aggregating that performance data in a powerful system with intuitive dashboards and critical alerts allows fast diagnosis of potential problems in your server environment. The SentryOne Platform continuously gathers the most actionable performance metrics and displays them in a convenient and logical manner, helping you proactively perform analyses.

Having a bird’s-eye view of your entire system helps you understand the current conditions of your environment. Historical data helps you measure performance improvements against the previous state.

SentryOne’s Advisory Conditions allow you to define thresholds, create baselines, and set alerts. This customization filters out common noise. SentryOne's extended coverage provides insights across virtual, on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environments.


Why Monitoring Microsoft SQL Server Performance Is Critical

Failing to monitor SQL Server performance might leave you spinning your wheels when you're trying to solve urgent problems. In some cases, you might have to replicate a scenario in order to capture the data you need to solve the issue. Replicating a particular scenario can be time-consuming—or impossible.


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Catch Issues in Real Time

Threshold alerts help you mitigate issues before they reach critical levels. When you're researching complex performance issues, Performance Monitor provides quick access to the problem-solving data.

Measure Performance Baselines

How do you know for certain the moment data starts slowing down? Baselines reveal normal performance across various conditions, allowing you to measure server performance before and after a particular incident. You can discover and address issues before your users notice a performance problem.

Continuously Monitor

Performance issues can pop up unexpectedly. If you are capturing this data through a monitoring solution, you can easily “rewind” to see what exactly happened. This saves you the time and frustration of trying to solve a problem without a complete picture of what went wrong.

Automated SQL Server Performance Monitoring

Day-to-day SQL monitoring without any automation is tedious. You could spend hours every day just gathering data you need, such as event and job history logs from multiple servers and instances, with historical information.

After gathering the data, you'll still need to format and present that data in a logical, consumable fashion—which means you'll have even less time for solving problems.

DBAs who try to perform these tasks manually often abandon daily monitoring altogether.

The result is a perpetual cycle of reactive troubleshooting. The reactive stance reduces performance over the long term, and can result in crippling costs to the business in lost revenue and productivity.

4 Common Problems of Performance Monitoring


Too Much Data

Too much data leaves you confused and chasing issues rather than supplying actionable information.

Not Enough Data

Too little information can lead to incorrect conclusions, which can be very expensive.

Too Much Overhead

A monitoring engine that creates too much overhead adds to your problem rather than helping solve the problem. It defeats the purpose of monitoring, forcing you to trade resources for visibility.

High-Maintenance DIY Solutions

Many DIY solutions cause eventual maintenance headaches. The problems arise when you don’t remember who built the solution, or the person who built it can't maintain it indefinitely. In many cases, the architect wasn’t an expert in performance monitoring, which can result in glaring functionality shortcomings. 

3 Benefits of Monitoring SQL Server Performance


Fewer Performance-Related Tickets

Fewer performance-related issues and fewer tickets to resolve. Free your team to focus on optimizing overall data platform performance and supporting other lines of business.

Lower Infrastructure Costs

Efficient and effective systems require less resources, in terms of both hardware and human capital.

Reduced Risks

Keeping your data platform running smoothly, and continuously monitoring performance reduces the risks associated with a failure.


SQL Server Performance Monitoring Best Practices

Monitor Everything, Everywhere

Your best defense against under-performing databases is monitoring your entire data platform stack, from SQL Server to hypervisor hosts. This includes analytics platforms such as SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), as well as big data platforms such as Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS). Cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are also a part of your overall data estate. All of these can be continuously monitored—and should be. If you're looking at only SQL Server, you could be missing visibility into what's causing performance issues in other areas of your data platform.


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Four Benefits of the SentryOne Performance Monitoring Solution


It's Scalable 

You don’t want to introduce incremental performance overhead by adding new tools. And because SentryOne solutions incur extremely low overhead, you won’t. The platform is scalable to any size organization, from small businesses to large enterprises.

It's Granular

In the database world, a lot can happen within a few minutes. SentryOne collects and retains the most granular information in the industry, all the way down to 10-second intervals, which ensures you'll never miss anything.

It's Comprehensive

Capture all relevant data for SQL Server, as well as any systems that directly impact SQL Server performance, including SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), virtualization hosts, Azure, Windows OS, storage devices, and other systems that could introduce bottlenecks.

It's Insightful

Your stack might include multiple layers—the virtualization layer, the OS layer, the storage layer, etc. SentryOne gives you context by giving you visibility into each layer and how they work together.

Is Your Monitoring Method Working?

Conducting SQL Server monitoring with manual methods or a multiple-tool “Frankensystem” could mean wasted resources and inadequate results.

Manual SQL Monitoring

It’s possible to monitor your systems without any tools—but that will require building your own scripts and manually pulling datasets from disparate locations. You'll likely spend more time capturing and managing data than you will spend solving problems. Don't get bogged down with administrative data collection when you’re needed to manage the overall health and performance of your data platform.

Monitoring with Multiple Tools

Are you using multiple performance analytics products to monitor your system? You've likely encountered the most glaring downside of this approach—disconnected data. Using various products also means multiple pricing structures, systems, and interfaces. And you'll need to make correlations in your mind—or export data from all the tools, and build your own system to combine all that data in a way that makes sense.