Stabbing Red-Gate in the Eye

Quest has released a freeware tool to compete with Red-Gate's change management suite. Quest's tool is actually 3 tools in 1. It has a schema compare tool, a data compare tool, and a server compare tool. Of course, it's just version 1 so it doesn't have the richness that the Red-Gate tools have. For example, Red-Gate has a scheduler and an API for their tools. That's a decent difference in functionality. At this

Quest has released a freeware tool to compete with Red-Gate's change management suite. Quest's tool is actually 3 tools in 1. It has a schema compare tool, a data compare tool, and a server compare tool. Of course, it's just version 1 so it doesn't have the richness that the Red-Gate tools have. For example, Red-Gate has a scheduler and an API for their tools. That's a decent difference in functionality.

At this point though, I really don't think Quest is trying to take those more advanced clients away from Red-Gate. They're probably just trying to get them back for stealing a lot of their lower end LiteSpeed business. I'm not saying that's what they're doing, but that's what I would do if I had the money to blow on something like that. I also wouldn't be surprised if this were just the beginning. Now that Quest has a product in this space, all they have to do is keep developing it, and they could have a high-level product that will actually be able to take business away from Red-Gate.

Personally, I like the Red-Gate guys. I talk to them at all the conferences and they're always really cool. I also like their tools... including their backup tool. But I have to admit, if what I needed was a good compare tool, I would look to the freeware to take me as far as it could before having to pay for a license.

I've actually looked at the tool and it looks pretty good. It does a good job of doing the compares, and the interface is a lot like Red-Gate's so you won't be lost. It's fast enough too, so you shouldn't have any problems there. Anyway, just thought I'd let you guys know because I know how hard it can be for some companies to let go of even the smallest amount of money.

Here's the link:

http://www.quest.com/Comparison_Suite_for_SQL_Server/

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