Database Performance Monitoring Tools Compared

By | Jun 5, 2013

Problems with your database performance can create havoc on your business, resulting in costing businesses millions and even billions over the long run. Database performance monitoring is vital to any business because it creates a consistent and secure server performance.  As a result of Database performance monitoring allows managers to analyze trends, identify problems, create solutions, streamline traffic, adjust the database size as needed, minimize cache size, maintain connection speeds and take proactive measures to list a few benefits.database performance 300x222 Database Performance Monitoring Tools Compared

Typical performance issues, such as slow performance or under-performing equipment, most of the time occur over time as the number of users and network traffic increases, the amount of database content grows, applications get changed or get updated, new technologies get added alongside legacy equipment and database queries become more complex.

Among many things, database performance monitoring tools gather data on database and user activity, as well as performance timing, traffic and query loads. This information helps managers and administrators identify how and when problems occur, understand how to create top performance across multiple demands and develop the best solutions to meet particular needs moving forward.

While knowing that you need tools to monitor your database performance is one thing, determining which tool or combination of tools is best for you and your company can be daunting. To make it a bit simpler, let’s do a cursory review of the two most common database monitoring tool types.


Agentless Versus Agent-Based Architecture

Basically, agent-based monitoring consists of software and hardware, depending on the type of agent that are integrated directly into your production systems to correct issues as they happen and to record or simulate activity. Agent-based monitoring is ideal for large, complex systems; however, it is notorious for their load on systems and networks, as well as its high price tag.

Agentless architectures can be managed remotely. The applications that run on the architecture pull data from the monitored servers to a separate repository database where data can be analyzed. Agentless architectures are becoming more popular due to their smaller price tags and no-load operation.

Single Versus Cross-Platform Database Monitoring

Out of all of the tools available for database performance monitoring, cross-platform is at the top. Due to the complexity and integration of multiple server systems working at the same time, performance can be an issue, not to mention identifying the source of any problems. It is therefore important for organizations that are using more than one type of server to integrate a cross-platform monitoring tool type into their performance monitoring solution.

Single platform monitoring is used for server systems that are all of the same type. While having a single platform monitoring solution is great for those who are on one type of server technology, for most companies using multiple types of servers, single-platform monitoring is not recommended as it will not be able to provide a complete picture of your database system at one given time.

Hopefully this information helps answer some of your questions while reviewing some of the primary considerations when looking into  Database performance monitoring tools.

This is a guest post by Josh Stein. Josh recommends reading more information about database performance types, tuning, management and more technical tips on

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