I don't know if I can ask this here but I'm gonna go for it.

I'm in the process of investigating 3rd party performance and monitoring tools and to say the least it pretty overwhelming. There are so many products out there it's easy to make a bad choice. My main concerns as I said is identifying processes that are creating bottlenecks and being able to resolve them quickly.

Are there specific vendors that people are using more then others? Is there someplace I can get a concise functionality comparison? I see the Idera and Quest products advertised heavily in the trade mags.

I'd appreciate any help or direction I can get.