2018-05-02T14:30:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for Quest Foglight for Databases?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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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

We use it as a monitoring tool, which is what it's designed for. And we generally only scratch the surface of it. We use it for checking blocking and locking deadlocks, server activity, database activity, running baselines, et cetera. We don't constantly look at it; we only look at it if we've noticed a problem. It could be something that might be brought to our attention where a particular database might not be running as fast as it should. The first thing we jump into is fog Foglight to see if anything jumps out at us. We have it running locally inside our server room and have three instances of it. Two of them are current, one of them is going to get updated next week.

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

We are using version 5.9.5 as well as 5.9.7. Ours is a huge database infra so we are using two different environments to monitor our corporate and store servers. We have thousands of DB servers that have to be monitored across our environment, which includes Lowe's stores across the U.S. We support the infra and the monitoring for all the stores and the store-related applications, as well as the servers which support those applications. With the DB servers being an integral part of all those applications, we thought we should have a separate monitoring tool just to monitor them. Foglight ensures that we have a dedicated monitoring tool to monitor all our store and corporate DB servers.

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

We use it to monitor about 500 instances, 500 servers, and it keeps up with everything. I monitor Foglight. I wake up in the morning and it's the first thing I look at, because I can depend on it. We have it on VMs in-house and it performs very well.

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

We monitor quite a few database servers. The actual number jumps up and down on a regular basis, but on average we're doing 120 servers at a time. It gives us one pane of glass to be able to see which ones are having actual issues and which ones are just going along.

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

I used it when working for a client, in a situation where you takeover management of the systems.

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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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