With the Microsoft TechEd conference closely approaching, we've highlighted different SQL Server vendors that will be present at the big event. Today, we're continuing our highlights with another round of SQL Server vendors to keep your eye on.

Dell. As a finalist in the backup and recovery category in the Best of TechEd awards this year, Dell's AppAssure provides advanced data protection by unifying backup, replication, and recovery into one solution. AppAssure provides continual data and application backups, daily data integrity, validation, and flexible recovery options for its users.

Idera. This organization has several different tools for SQL Server, where you're most certainly to find something that meets your needs. With tools ranging from performance enhancement to backup and maintenance to security, auditing and governance, there's a SQL Server tool for any DBA.

SQL Sentry. Dedicated solely to providing SQL Server tools and solutions, you'll find tools such as the SQL Sentry Plan Explorer for your query planning and analysis needs. The SQL Sentry Power Suite PLUS for SQL Server is also a finalist in the database category for the Best of TechEd awards, which includes the same products as the Power Suite for SQL Server, in addition to Fragmentation Manager.

Red Gate. Not only does this company tout great tools for SQL Server DBAs with its monitoring and backup tools, but it also provides a variety of different tools for the SQL Server developer to help develop, test, and deploy databases.

Which SQL Server vendors are you looking forward to seeing at the show? Continuing following SQL Server Pro for live updates from the show next week!