2018-05-02T14:30:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about Quest Foglight for Databases?

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What do you like most about Quest Foglight for Databases?

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John Waclawski - PeerSpot reviewer
Database Administrator at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
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2021-03-14T06:54:00Z
Mar 14, 2021

The real-time activity screens are also helpful... if there is something that is running slowly, we can eliminate the database as being an issue and perhaps look at the server, network activity, or something outside of the realm of the database as being the issue.

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Vinothsingh Elumalai - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Software Engineer at Lowe's Companies
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Top 5
2020-12-20T08:21:00Z
Dec 20, 2020

We can visualize all the different types of DB servers that we are monitoring in a single pane of glass. It uses a 360-degree overview of the database, for each of those databases that we are monitoring. That includes what kind of resource utilization is happening and what kind of DB parameters are getting monitored, as well as the different types of DB parameters that are being offered for each database type.

Anthony Nicoletti - PeerSpot reviewer
Database Administrator, Information Technology at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2020-12-09T05:46:00Z
Dec 9, 2020

Foglight's Change Tracking capabilities are another huge feature. It is wonderful to be able to do that. People don't realize the amount of information that Foglight gathers from a given server or instance. It gets down to the version of SQL, the disk array, everything that's there. Any change that's made, any upgrade to SQL, shows up on the dashboard almost immediately. You don't know how much time you save just having a tool in your back pocket that does that for you.

Kenneth Slate - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Database Administrator at a sports company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-10-29T10:14:00Z
Oct 29, 2020

The PI module allows [my colleague] to identify which new indexes or modified indexes are going to make the biggest impact.

it_user866433 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Database Consultant at Novaccent
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2018-05-02T14:30:00Z
May 2, 2018

Its reporting capabilities are immense.

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Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Quest Foglight for Databases. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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Kenneth Slate - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Database Administrator at a sports company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 29, 2020
I had never used Foglight before I got to this company, because I didn't have the time. I had other responsibilities besides just DBA work so I couldn't focus on what Foglight could give me. Having said that, there's still a lot of "noise." I get a lot of alerts that, while important, are not critical. Then I have to dig in and figure out how to turn alerts off, but not the logging. I want to be able to go back, once we get the other big issues out of the way, and start fine-tuning some of those other areas, but I don't necessarily want to receive an email for all of them. Over this past weekend I had 400 emails from Foglight. That's a lot. And at least 395 of them were white noise. They need to make an interface where it's easier to turn the alerts off but not turn the alarm off. The other senior DBA on staff got frustrated with the alerts, so he just went and turned the alarm completely off. I said to him that while it won't alert us anymore, we'll also lose visibility into that aspect. It's something that we do want to be able to see at some point, just not right now.
Anthony Nicoletti - PeerSpot reviewer
Database Administrator, Information Technology at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 9, 2020
One thing that I would like, and it's probably something that I could set up internally, is something other than a dashboard which I have to look at to know that a server is down. I'd like bells and whistles to go off. While the tool allows you to prioritize those, based on the severity of the server—if it's high-level production or low-level production—I'd like to know, by having something tell me, if I'm not in front of the screen, that I have a server down. If I look at the dashboard I know there's a server down. But if I'm not looking at it, if I'm looking at some other problem, I want to know about it. You can do that, you can use SMSs and alerts to your phone, and I could set it up to handle that, but it would be nice if, out-of-the-box, Foglight did that.
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