Comprehensive PostgreSQL Monitoring with a Unified Vendor Approach: Part 2

SolarWinds Observability 

In Comprehensive PostgreSQL Monitoring with a Unified Vendor Approach: Part 1 we delved into the capabilities of SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). 

We looked at DPA integration with our self-hosted SolarWinds® Hybrid Cloud Observability solution to enhance PostgreSQL database performance insights. Another great approach for monitoring PostgreSQL databases is with SolarWinds® Observability. 

SolarWinds Observability delivers a modern SaaS-hosted solution for database monitoring; simplifying the traditionally complex setup and maintenance processes.  It unifies DevOps, IT Ops, and Cloud Ops teams under one umbrellaseamlessly managing networks, infrastructure, databases, applications, and user experience.  

Before we dive into what SolarWinds Observability offers for PostgreSQL databases, let's briefly explore the distinctions between our SaaS (Software as a Service) and self-hosted solutions. 

SolarWinds Observability Overview 

Designed for agility in multi-cloud environments, SolarWinds Observability epitomises ease of use through a fully integrated platform that expedites deployment and enhances operational flexibility by merging multiple data sources into a single, comprehensive monitoring environment. Key features include embedded artificial intelligence and machine learning for advanced anomaly detection and AIOps-driven insights.  

SolarWinds Observability enables you to expand monitoring as and when required, emphasising the protection of business-critical systems. It also supports a broad spectrum of monitoring targetsincluding websites, services, hosts, logs, and network devices. All while accommodating open-source frameworks and third-party integrations. 

As we discussed in the previous blog post, it’s important to be able to analyse information from multiple parts of the IT stack to understand how poor database performance could affect applications or user experience. You can’t truly understand database performance without having a clear overview of the elements that rely on it. 

SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability Overview 

Conversely, our SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability is tailored more towards comprehensive coverage across both on-premises and multi-cloud settings. It serves a diverse range of organisational sizes and employs a node-based licensing model to provide flexible deployment options. 

This platform integrates data from an extensive array of IT components, such as networks, servers, applications, and databases, and includes sophisticated monitoring tools like AppStack and PerfStack for detailed performance analysis. The platform's integration capabilities with other IT operations tools, along with its ability to scale and distribute alerts, make it an ideal solution for managing complex or distributed environments. 

Both solutions look at the performance of your PostgreSQL databases (alongside other elements on the IT stack) to give a complete overview. What this means is that regardless of whether you are looking for a SaaS or a self-hosted solution for your PostgreSQL monitoring, SolarWinds is here to meet you where you are. 

 

For a more detailed view of how SolarWinds provides next-level observability for SaaS-provided and self-hosted, check out this overview page on THWACK: https://thwack.solarwinds.com/products/observability  

Now, back to the topic at hand: PostgreSQL database monitoring. 

PostgreSQL Monitoring with SolarWinds Observability 

SolarWinds Observability specialises in deep performance monitoring for PostgreSQL and is designed to manage large-scale operations without additional overhead. This integration ensures smooth functionality within existing database ecosystems, allowing teams to focus on performance without concerns about system strain. It enhances problem-solving capabilities with detailed analytical tools. Users can easily delve into specific aspects of database performance, thanks to features like the Profiler, which displays critical information such as the most time-consuming and frequently executed queries. 

 

The Profiler organises queries by collecting and grouping key performance metrics like Response Time, Throughput, and Top Queries from your database and host. This data is used to draw meaningful insights into system performance, facilitating quick identification of issues. Additionally, users can examine query samples, EXPLAIN plans, and correlate these findings with other metrics such as I/O and CPU usage, providing a comprehensive view of database health and efficiency. 

SolarWinds Observability also recently added advisors to its database offering. The database Advisor looks at your database settings and compares them to the best practices. This feature makes it super easy to spot and fix any issues that could be slowing down your database or putting it at risk. Plus, with everything categorised as either informationalcritical, or cautionary, you know exactly what to tackle first to keep your database running smoothly. It’s all about making your life easier and keeping your database in top shape with minimal fuss. 

 

  

Conclusion 

SolarWinds provides a robust suite of tools designed to optimize and secure PostgreSQL databases across various environments, from small-scale operations to complex, cloud-based systems.  

Whether you're looking to diagnose slow-running applications or ensure your database configuration is optimized, the comprehensive tools from SolarWinds equip IT professionals with the resources to maintain peak performance and operational efficiency in a dynamic digital landscape. 

SolarWinds continues to stand out as a leader in database monitoring and performance optimization, ensuring that businesses can fully leverage the power of PostgreSQL without the traditional complexities associated with database management. 

To find out more about SolarWinds products and their support for PostgreSQL visit: https://www.solarwinds.com/solutions/postgres 

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