SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, expanded its comprehensive database performance management portfolio with the launch of SolarWinds Database Insights for SQL Server. Uniting the features and functionality of the award-winning SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) and SolarWinds SQL Sentry (the flagship product of SentryOne), into a new, single licensed product, Database Insights for SQL Server provides the in-depth performance and environmental data teams need to optimise the performance of Microsoft SQL Server and other leading database platforms running on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.
Database Insights for SQL Server combines DPA’s database anomaly detection capabilities powered by machine learning with the SQL Sentry detailed performance information, helping to pinpoint problems, speed time to resolution, and prevent them from reoccurring. It delivers relevant, actionable metrics to help data professionals monitor, view, and report on Microsoft SQL Server databases regardless of where they reside, monitor overall performance with the ability to drill deep into database and OS internals, and customise performance dashboards to stakeholders’ needs. Further, Database Insights extends beyond SQL Server to provide some of the broadest database coverage available in the industry, managing the performance of more than 20 database platforms, from on-premises to in the cloud.
“Data, and database growth, is exponential,” said Rohini Kasturi, EVP, Chief Product Officer, at SolarWinds. “With this added growth comes added complexity, making it difficult to find resolutions when problems arise. And if this wasn't difficult enough, hybrid environments make performance monitoring harder than ever. Adding Database Insights for SQL Server strengthens our database performance management offering for customers who rely not only on the Microsoft SQL Server database management system, but on a wide array of databases today.”
The SolarWinds Query Report 2021: Database Priorities and Pitfalls
Kasturi noted the heightened level of management complexity facing database professionals is further explored in The SolarWinds Query Report 2021: Database Priorities and Pitfalls, which delves deep into the state of database management today, assesses the primary challenges facing database professionals today, and outlines how database professionals can best overcome them.
The report finds 7 in 10 respondents consider half or more of their organisation’s databases to be critical to the success of the business. Nearly 80% of respondents say Microsoft SQL Server is the most critical platform in use today, followed by a relatively even split between the second, third, and fourth most-used platforms: Cloud DBaaS (54%), Oracle (47%), and MySQL (43%).
“The heterogeneity we see in today’s database environments underscores the need for cross-platform database performance management solutions that deliver comprehensive coverage regardless of the database type or where the data resides,” Kasturi said. “This variety leads to mounting pressure as the volume of databases within organisations increases. One-third of respondents surveyed told us they manage more than 300 databases in their environment. As databases become increasingly considered critical to the success of the business, the web of management complexity follows.”
Accordingly, respondents reported the majority of their time is currently spent on database maintenance instead of upskilling in key areas like performance/query tuning, security management, and data engineering, to better meet these challenges.
At the same time, workloads are shifting rapidly to the cloud: 33% of respondents ranked Cloud DBaaS as the priority database platform to adopt over the course of the next three years, and 40% of respondents anticipate bigger budget allocations in 2021 to help manage the increased complexity surrounding databases. This research points to an accelerated shift to the cloud and the need for new skills to manage workload complexity to ensure the performance of an organisation’s most critical infrastructure: the database.
“At SolarWinds, our investment in database performance management delivers on our commitment to—and eye toward—future innovation to improve the quality of life for data professionals, even as their responsibilities and number of databases they manage expand and become more complex,” Kasturi said “The overall portfolio gives data teams some of the most comprehensive and cost-effective solutions available, with robust features and functionality to effectively manage and optimise database performance regardless of the database type or where the data resides at scale.”
SolarWinds Database Performance Management Portfolio
SolarWinds database performance management solutions provide intelligent recommendations based on best practices for faster troubleshooting and AI implementation for anomaly detection to help predict and identify potential issues before they disrupt the business and accelerate data delivery while controlling costs. The cross-platform solutions help data pros manage complexities and provide them with visibility needed to proactively optimise the performance of multi-platform databases—to mitigate the risk of business interruptions, and regardless of where the databases run.
The full SolarWinds database performance management portfolio includes the following products:
Database Insights for SQL Server – Broad coverage with detailed database and system metrics for Microsoft SQL Server database-related Microsoft Services and other leading database platforms, to help solve and optimise performance for the largest environments.
Database Performance Analyzer – Database management software built for performance monitoring, analysis, and tuning with support for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, IBM DB2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, SAP ASE, Percona, and EDB Postgres databases.
SQL Sentry – Database performance monitoring for the Microsoft Data Platform, with fast root cause analysis and visibility across the Microsoft data estate. SQL Sentry supports Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, and Amazon RDS SQL Server databases.
Database Performance Monitor – Database performance monitoring and optimisation for open-source databases, including Azure SQL Database, MySQL, MariaDB, Percona, PostgreSQL, EDB Postgres, GCP for PostgreSQL, GCP for MySQL, Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Azure Database, Redis, MongoDB, and Vitess.