Some new free tools enter the SQL marketplace
February 6th, 20112
Some new free tools enter the SQL marketplace
February 6th, 20112

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.

By: 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, write at Simple Talk, SQLPerformance, and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a husband, a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, 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!