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.
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 atlantis-interactive.co.uk:
- 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.
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!