Some new free tools enter the SQL marketplace

A while back, I started collecting links for free SQL Server resources available to everyone in the community. I created a blog post called "Useful, free resources for SQL Server" to serve as a launching point for the links I'd been collecting.  I'm in the process of going back and updating that post, but in the meantime, I wanted to highlight a couple of big events that happened in the past week.

Atlantis Interactive

Last week Matt Whitfield (blog | twitter) announced that his company's commercial tools will now be free. You can now download any of the following products at

  • SQL Everywhere
  • Schema Inspector
  • Data Inspector
  • Data Space Analyser
  • Data Surf
  • Schema Surf

As Matt explained in his blog post, his expectations of the market for his tools – in spite of their quality – did not quite meet reality.  So, while it's sad to see a vendor drop out of the marketplace, the silver lining is that you can now use the tools for free.

Qure Workload Analyzer ("QWA")

Fellow SQL Server MVP Ami Levin at DBSophic (twitter) has announced the release of their free workload analysis tool called Qure Workload Analyzer.  Lifted from Ami:

"QWA helps you analyze SQL Server workloads comprised of one or more SQL traces. QWA provides an exceptionally intuitive GUI, multi-dimensional grouping, and smart multilevel filters. QWA also introduces the ability to compare two database workloads before and after a hardware change, version upgrade or tuning effort, or to easily compare the workload characteristics of different environments. Even dissimilar workloads can be reliably compared, due to QWA's equalization and weighting capabilities.

"I really hope you find it useful… It’s yours 100% free. No ads, no time limits, no locked functionality…

I have played with the tool and think you will find it highly useful in analyzing trace data.


Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, speak frequently at conferences, and write at SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips. In real life I am a father of two, an architect at Wayfair, and my pronouns are he/him.

2 Responses

  1. Pablo Mugica says:

    Just awesome

  2. John Alan says:

    After a quick test-drive with QWA, I would classify it as 'essential' when it comes to workload analysis. There are a few other utilities that perform some of these tasks, but this one is comprehensive and pretty quick too.
    Ami must be very proud!