SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) has always been the way to quickly get to the root cause of application performance problems. Now with DPA 9.1, we have extended the same great functionality to databases hosted in the Amazon cloud.  From the same screens you use today, you can monitor SQL Server and Oracle RDS databases just like any other database.  Even better, you can monitor EC2, RDS, and on-premise databases from the same installation of DPA.


Now you can easily provision a DPA instance from the Amazon Marketplace using the DPA AMI, you won’t have to wait for a box to be provisioned, you are the master of your DPA install.  Once provisioned, it is just a couple of clicks and you are collecting data through DPAs agentless architecture.


Often, I have heard that the biggest fear when moving a database into the cloud is that you can’t see what is going on outside the database (server, storage, and infrastructure). Although you can’t monitor the servers that the database is on, you can use DPA to troubleshoot if a performance issue is likely related to a resource, such as Storage, or if queries need to be tuned.


DPA is a tool that pulls back the curtains, at least enough to be able to pinpoint or even eliminate a particular area.  One of our customer’s favorite features to use when you are monitoring a database in the cloud is DPA’s ‘Storage IO’ feature that was introduced in DPA 9.0.   As in the case of Storage, you can see if there is a high latency or prove that the work is being done in memory. DPA can give you that confidence to move forward with troubleshooting performance issues.  Without DPA, RDS databases still have a bit of a black box feel to them.


DPA 9.1 can help ease your mind as you leverage the Amazon Cloud for your databases.


To see all the features of Database Performance Analyzer 9.1, see Database Performance Analyzer 9.1 Release Candidate is available now!!!!.