We are planning to implement Ola Hallengren's Maintenance Solution in our environment.

Our organization on the other end, is planning to purchase Idera SQLSafe (requested a demo first).

I see a parameter @BackupSoftware = 'SQLSAFE' in Ola's solution.


  1. With Idera SQLSafe tool installed, based on the parameter @BackupSoftware in Ola's solution, I assume even Idera SQLSafe can benefit by Ola's solution. Can I know how does it benefit? - Is it just the compression level?
  2. When we have Ola's solution, is it really necessary for a 3rd party tool?

Ola's solution blends with third party softwares

LITESPEED     LiteSpeed for SQL Server
SQLBACKUP     Red Gate SQL Backup Pro
SQLSAFE Idera SQL Safe Backup

It allows you to leverage automation and has a lot of flexibility in-terms of different parameters e.g. blocksize, compression, etc that you might end up writing when deploying the software to many machines.

See the comparison chart : https://www.idera.com/productssolutions/sqlserver/sqlsafebackup/best-sql-backup-software

  • (I have not tried Idera SQLSafe). So, using Idera SQLSafe is for centralized solution/reports/alerts, etc., where we still deploy Ola's solution on every server - correct? – Santhoshkumar KB May 8 '17 at 13:33
  • You have to deploy Ola's solution to every server instance. Normally, I create a dba database e.g. dbautility and have it installed as part of server instance installation. That dbautility stores all the SPs for backup, restore (you can use sp_restoregene) or sp_blitz (from brent Ozar team), etc – Kin Shah May 8 '17 at 13:47

When we have Ola's solution, is it really necessary for a 3rd party tool?

Ola's scripts have a lot of things, but they don't have a restore script. That means you're left to fend for yourself. One advantage of third party software is the ability to script and execute restores to a point in time rather more easily.

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