28 February 2018
28 February 2018

What is the Return on Investment (ROI) of a SQL Server monitoring tool?

The increasing size of SQL Server databases, alongside the growing complexity of SQL Server estates, is making more organizations realize the need for a tool that enables proactive monitoring.

Hand-rolled scripts can provide basic information, like wait stats and memory utilization, but that’s often not enough. With the database a key element of business operations, companies also need to know about abnormal resource patterns like sustained CPU spikes, and problems such as failed backups.

The ability to see trends in data collected by a monitoring tool can also keep you informed about I/O, memory or disk space issues, long before they become a crisis. For example, if you can map when you are likely to run out of disk space, you can ensure you increase the availability at a time when the impact on users will be minimal.

This kind of valuable information does come at a price, however. Using a SQL Server monitoring tool trades the ongoing cost of manual monitoring for a tool that automates the process – but which is  more affordable for your business?

With our online SQL Server monitoring Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, you can estimate how much you currently spend on manual monitoring, and what you could save by switching to using a tool such as SQL Monitor.

How we calculate your ROI

By providing us with the number of servers you monitor, the hourly rate you pay your DBA, and roughly how long they spend monitoring each SQL Server per day, we can calculate how long you spend manually monitoring your servers each year and what the cost is to your business.

We give you a personalized report on the cost of manual monitoring versus using a monitoring tool, along with a free guide on further facts behind the figures, the benefits behind the facts, and what to look for when purchasing a monitoring tool.

How a monitoring tool helps day-to-day development

A monitoring tool introduces proactive estate management, reducing the time spent firefighting and answering urgent phone calls and emails. Your DBAs no longer need to track down issues across different servers, for example, but rather can use the monitoring tool to quickly and accurately pinpoint the cause, find a resolution and put measures in place to prevent future occurrences.

During the normal development process, it also plays a key role in maintaining the performance of your SQL Server estate by:

  • Unearthing bad database deployments
  • Generating reports about your servers and company health
  • Finding problems before they become problems
  • Giving you an at-a-glance global overview of all your servers
  • Uncovering the root causes of performance problems
  • Showing which queries are slowing down performance, and how to fix them
  • Giving you insights into the performance and status of Availability Groups

How much could you save?

You can calculate and download your free personalized ROI guide from Redgate right now, in seconds, by entering a minimal amount of information online.

You’ll receive an instant calculation of how much you could save, and pressing the Download your report button will generate an in-depth personalized guide which includes the full ROI methodology, additional benefits, how to choose the right tool for you and much more.

Ready to try SQL Monitor?

You can try SQL Monitor for free with our 14-day fully functional trial. Download it now to get started monitoring your SQL Servers.

To see SQL Monitor in action on Redgate’s servers, give our live online demo a try.

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