DPA license types

SolarWinds DPA provides the following licensing options:

  • Subscription licensing is used for DPA servers deployed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace.
  • For other DPA servers, an individual license is required for each monitored database instance.

Individual licenses

SolarWinds sells individual licenses by category according to the database edition they are authorized to monitor. You must purchase an individual license for each database instance you monitor. In addition, you can purchase virtual machine licenses to monitor the virtual infrastructure hosting a database instance.

License Type Can Monitor
Category 1 licenses

Category 1 licenses can monitor all database types. They are required for:

  • Oracle: all editions except Standard and Express
  • Sybase: all editions except Express
  • DB2: all editions except Express
Category 2 licenses
  • Oracle: Standard and Express editions (including Amazon RDS)
  • SQL Server: all editions (including Amazon RDS)
  • MySQL: all editions (including Amazon RDS and Aurora)
  • Sybase: Express edition
  • DB2: Express edition

If you run out of Category 2 licenses, you can use Category 1 licenses instead.

Azure SQL Database license
  • Azure SQL Database: all editions, including databases in elastic pools

If you run out of Azure SQL Database licenses, you can use Category 1 or Category 2 licenses instead.

VM Option licenses

If a database instance runs on a virtual machine (VM), you can apply an optional VM license in addition to the Category 1 or Category 2 license. When you apply a VM license, DPA collects performance metrics from the VM and the physical host on which the database instance runs. This information is displayed in the Virtualization view.

All individual licenses are floating

You can register more instances than you have licenses for. On the license allocation page, assign the licenses to the instances you want to monitor.

DPA does not collect data from registered database instances that are not licensed. However, you can view previously collected data on those database instances.

Clustered environments

For information about registering SQL Server AGs and Oracle RACs, see Registration and licensing options for clustered environments.

If you are monitoring a database instance that runs in a virtual machine (VM) cluster, a user with at least read-only permissions is required on the hosts and VMs that will be monitored.

Subscription licensing

When you deploy the DPA server from the AWS Marketplace, DPA uses subscription licensing. As you register databases and monitor them, DPA charges your Amazon Subscription through the AWS Metering Service. DPA charges are based on the number of database instances you monitor each hour. See the AWS Marketplace for details and pricing.

With subscription licensing, you can monitor any supported database type (like the Category 1 license described in the following section). However, you cannot access the VM-related information that is available with a VM Option license.

If you want to use individual DPA licenses in the Amazon cloud, you can deploy an EC2 instance, install DPA, and apply your licenses. You cannot use both individual DPA licenses and a subscription on a single DPA server.

Learn more

For more information about purchasing and allocating licenses, see: