Foglight vs. Spotlight

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Foglight
Score 8.9 out of 10
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Foglight is a database performance management suite from Quest, with modules to perform cloud analytics, network performance monitoring and virtualization management, scaling to a broad, cloud / virtualization focused IT infrastructure monitoring solution.N/A
Spotlight
Score 5.7 out of 10
N/A
Spotlight from Quest Software is a database performance monitoring option.N/A
Pricing
FoglightSpotlight
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FoglightSpotlight
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
FoglightSpotlight
SQL Performance Monitoring
Comparison of SQL Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Foglight
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Ratings
Spotlight
7.7
3 Ratings
8% below category average
Performance dashboard00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Intelligent alerting00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Top SQL00 Ratings6.62 Ratings
Historical trend data00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Virtualization support00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
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FoglightSpotlight
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Redgate SQL Monitor
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
Redgate SQL Monitor
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Redgate SQL Monitor
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
Redgate SQL Monitor
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
FoglightSpotlight
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(5 ratings)
8.4
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
FoglightSpotlight
Likelihood to Recommend
Quest Software
Strengths [Foglight]
  • Monitoring, Alerting and Management of on-prem virtualization and physical servers
  • Historical trending and baselining are excellent and being able to compare a problem period against the same sets of data for a period when there was no issue is especially helpful as part of troubleshooting.
  • Ease of use for end users is appreciated
Weaknesses [of Foglight]
  • Creation and management of custom monitors is a developer level activity requiring Groovy skillset
  • Less useful for management of an environment where there is a large amount of custom implementations
  • Commitment to longevity of cartridges/packs for specific subsystems
  • Ability to create custom schedules/alerts/escalations is only available via a 3rd party product (from a former Quest developer) and is not particularly easy to manage/manipulate
  • Lack of API accessibility for external integrations to other analytics (splunk, etc.)
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Quest
Spotlight is great when you need a tool to give a quick look at a SQL server as a whole. It gives you the ability to see a lot of things, which can be vital in diagnosing problems or identifying stressors. Less great is the open-end of some of the diagnoses it makes, and things it identifies as "problems" (unless you love users coming to you and saying something like "Spotlight says there's a problem with our page latch!!!").
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Pros
Quest Software
  • Database monitoring
  • Database management suite
  • Customization (both monitors and dashboards)
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Quest
  • I love the main page that provides a color code list of all the servers so I know very quickly where to focus my attention first.
  • I love how easy it is to configure new notifications.
  • I love how easy it is to configure a new server to monitor.
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Cons
Quest Software
  • There are not many problems with this product
  • Limited ability to use Foglight itself to solve problems it identifies
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Quest
  • Have not found any issues at this point.
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Support Rating
Quest Software
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Quest
Though our support needs have been minimal, we have gotten good responses when we have needed it.
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Alternatives Considered
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Quest
I think Dell is better with its dashboard and ease of use, but SQL Sentry is better at customization. We used Spotlight at my previous company, and SQLSentry at my current company.
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Return on Investment
Quest Software
  • Foglight has a positive impact on my company by being a complete monitoring platform that specializes in risk assessment, user diagnosis and management, and server monitoring ensuring a secure business infrastructure through predictive analytics, query analysis, anomaly detection, behavior tracking, troubleshooting, automated discovery, and more.
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Quest
  • We have not encountered any issues and continue to keep Spotlight's version current.
  • Very simple to set up and add databases. The only thing that has to happen to the database is that a user ID needs to exist.
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