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Foglight from Dell is an application performance management, and also mobile APM, offering.Database monitoring powerhouseFor the past 5 years, Foglight has been used across several teams in our organization, to include primarily our Infrastructure and Operations department and Business Applications teams. Only recently have we started to migrate away from Foglight for more advanced tools in the APM space. At the moment, we still heavily rely on Foglight for Database monitoring and management. It excels at Database monitoring. We have not found another tool that can compete with that functionality.,Database monitoring Database management suite Customization (both monitors and dashboards),GUI interface is difficult to navigate No APM capabilities. They left this space about a year ago We have had issues with the GUI response times. On a regular basis, the interface can take several minutes to refresh,5,For the past 5 years, we heavily leveraged their application synthetic capabilities which caught several outages to our online presence before our users did or as they did, saving us valuable time and money to get back up and running. Their ability to deep dive into databases has helped the rollout of our new software, speeding up the time to market. We have been able to identify problems with our code in the staging and development tiers, ensuring we release better, more stable software to our customers.,AppDynamics, Dynatrace, New Relic, ScienceLogic, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor,Dynatrace, SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer, Microsoft System Center Configuration ManagerFoglight NMS -- An affordable and light Windows-based Network Management System.Foglight NMS is used by my company to monitor nodes both internally and cloud-based. It is a very flexible application that features connectivity to devices and server by SSH, SNMP, WMI, and even agents for Linux and Windows machines. The agents come in handy when it is not feasible to have the Foglight NMS server pull data from the remote node, the agent helps by pushing the metrics data back to the mothership.,Foglight NMS is very light on resources given the amount of monitoring connectivity options it provides. It is one of the few that I've trialed in the past that offers SNMP v3 connections. The dashboard is concise with the main areas of interest. It can be customized as well if you have a particular use case. Setting up alerts is straightforward with the ability to set custom thresholds. Alert emails get sent by configuring a primary mail server with the option to add a backup mail server in the event of a primary mail server outage or connectivity issues.,While the Linux agents mostly work out of the box with the remote node receiving the push, some newer Linux distributions may require some tweaking of the agent install script due to upstream software package changes. The canned reports are adequate for high-level overviews but I would like to be able to further customize them to include specific information from the monitored nodes. I wish there was an application to migrate the Foglight NMS application and database (which reside on the same server) to a new server or VM. They make you open a support case to accomplish that for which you need an active maintenance contract.,8,As an affordable SMB offering, Foglight NMS is priced right and easy to use to monitor a heterogenous environment. Being able to monitor server loads during various parts of the day help a company plan for growth to ensure revenue is not lost. The alerts keep us on top of any server and network equipment issues so we can be proactive about our approach for maintaining maximum uptime.,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, Cisco Aironet Access Points, Citrix NetScalerFoglight - Shining a Light on Potential Server Issues Before They AriseFoglight is used by our IT and Lit Support departments to manage in-house internal software, applications, documents review and production platforms, and hosted applications/files as well. It is used to monitor performance across all systems and platforms such that issues are easily prevented or combatted and do not lead to interruptions in productivity, particularly in the areas of document review, coding, and production.,Integration with platforms Uniformity Pinpointing of issues,There are not many problems with this product Limited ability to use Foglight itself to solve problems it identifies,9,Positive - near instant alerts help combat potential problems quickly Positive - minimizes business interruption Positive - limits disruptions to productivity,Oracle,Oracle Access ManagementFoglight ExperienceFoglight is being used in our company to help our IS department to monitor our applications and infrastructure. It helps us to address from End User issues, application, vmware and database. It also help us to quickly be notified through integration with xMatters on important issues happening in our environment.,VMWare Monitoring Custom use of scripts and dashboard Performance Analysis for Database Remote Monitoring for Linux and Windows.,A common complaint I hear from our users is that it has a confusing UI. For End User monitoring it requires a good time troubleshooting "network issues", creating the right filters and make sure you are receiving the right information which sometimes is not straight forward to figure out. Had issues in the past for Foglight firing false alarms monitoring Weblogic Application Servers, it required a lot of customization to adjust those metrics. Although those are no longer a issue with their latest release of the cartridge for application servers.,8,Great value for vmWare monitoring. Helps our eCommerce team to troubleshoot issues and make end user experience better.,New Relic APM, AppDynamics and Dynatrace,IBM Tivoli NetCool/OMNIbus, CA APM, xMatters, Splunk
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Aletha Diaz profile photo
February 22, 2019

Foglight Review: "Database monitoring powerhouse"

Score 5 out of 10
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For the past 5 years, Foglight has been used across several teams in our organization, to include primarily our Infrastructure and Operations department and Business Applications teams. Only recently have we started to migrate away from Foglight for more advanced tools in the APM space. At the moment, we still heavily rely on Foglight for Database monitoring and management. It excels at Database monitoring. We have not found another tool that can compete with that functionality.
  • Database monitoring
  • Database management suite
  • Customization (both monitors and dashboards)
  • GUI interface is difficult to navigate
  • No APM capabilities. They left this space about a year ago
  • We have had issues with the GUI response times. On a regular basis, the interface can take several minutes to refresh
It really depends on why my colleague is evaluating Foglight. If it is for Database monitoring and management, I highly recommend it. If it is for anything else, I would encourage them to look at others in this space.
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Roger Mialkowski profile photo
February 07, 2019

Review: "Foglight NMS -- An affordable and light Windows-based Network Management System."

Score 8 out of 10
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Foglight NMS is used by my company to monitor nodes both internally and cloud-based. It is a very flexible application that features connectivity to devices and server by SSH, SNMP, WMI, and even agents for Linux and Windows machines. The agents come in handy when it is not feasible to have the Foglight NMS server pull data from the remote node, the agent helps by pushing the metrics data back to the mothership.
  • Foglight NMS is very light on resources given the amount of monitoring connectivity options it provides. It is one of the few that I've trialed in the past that offers SNMP v3 connections.
  • The dashboard is concise with the main areas of interest. It can be customized as well if you have a particular use case.
  • Setting up alerts is straightforward with the ability to set custom thresholds. Alert emails get sent by configuring a primary mail server with the option to add a backup mail server in the event of a primary mail server outage or connectivity issues.
  • While the Linux agents mostly work out of the box with the remote node receiving the push, some newer Linux distributions may require some tweaking of the agent install script due to upstream software package changes.
  • The canned reports are adequate for high-level overviews but I would like to be able to further customize them to include specific information from the monitored nodes.
  • I wish there was an application to migrate the Foglight NMS application and database (which reside on the same server) to a new server or VM. They make you open a support case to accomplish that for which you need an active maintenance contract.
Foglight NMS is great for up to about 1000 interfaces (a switch may have 48, a server may have 4), that's how they license the product. Being that the application and database are stored on the same server, the deployment costs are affordable. After about 1000 interfaces getting monitored, one may want to consider stepping up to a more robust product that offers higher availability/redundancy.
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March 27, 2017

Review: "Foglight - Shining a Light on Potential Server Issues Before They Arise"

Score 9 out of 10
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Foglight is used by our IT and Lit Support departments to manage in-house internal software, applications, documents review and production platforms, and hosted applications/files as well. It is used to monitor performance across all systems and platforms such that issues are easily prevented or combatted and do not lead to interruptions in productivity, particularly in the areas of document review, coding, and production.
  • Integration with platforms
  • Uniformity
  • Pinpointing of issues
  • There are not many problems with this product
  • Limited ability to use Foglight itself to solve problems it identifies
Foglight is particularly helpful when you have multiple platforms, software solutions, or applications running across a variety of networks. It allows users to pinpoint potential problems across these fields and combat them to minimize disruption to the technology itself. The alerts are generally almost instantaneous which allows swift responses and low business interruption.
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May 03, 2016

User Review: "Foglight Experience"

Score 8 out of 10
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Foglight is being used in our company to help our IS department to monitor our applications and infrastructure. It helps us to address from End User issues, application, vmware and database. It also help us to quickly be notified through integration with xMatters on important issues happening in our environment.
  • VMWare Monitoring
  • Custom use of scripts and dashboard
  • Performance Analysis for Database
  • Remote Monitoring for Linux and Windows.
  • A common complaint I hear from our users is that it has a confusing UI.
  • For End User monitoring it requires a good time troubleshooting "network issues", creating the right filters and make sure you are receiving the right information which sometimes is not straight forward to figure out.
  • Had issues in the past for Foglight firing false alarms monitoring Weblogic Application Servers, it required a lot of customization to adjust those metrics. Although those are no longer a issue with their latest release of the cartridge for application servers.
Foglight brought us a great value monitoring our Linux vmWare environment, very easy to use and implement and valuable script customization to integrate with our notification tool.
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Foglight Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Application monitoring (2)
8.9
Database monitoring (3)
9.8
Threshold alerts (4)
6.2
Predictive capabilities (4)
3.4
Application performance management console (2)
8.0
Collaboration tools (2)
2.8
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications (2)
9.0
Application dependency mapping and thresholding (2)
8.9
Virtualization monitoring (4)
7.1
Server availability and performance monitoring (4)
9.0
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting (4)
8.1
IT Asset Discovery (2)
9.0

About Foglight

Foglight from Dell is an application performance management, and also mobile APM, offering.

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