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.
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")
"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.