Foglight

Foglight

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What is Foglight?

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.

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What is Foglight?

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.

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Emma Woodbury | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Foglight monitors workflow progress across the entire organization accounting for every performance. It identifies bottlenceks that may affect production and necessary solution that can sustain stable outcomes. It monitors our resources and stores data under different database for safety from ransomware attacks. It keeps our programs running no matter the process involved in implementing the entire set objective. It enlightens our teams on the best path for maximum production with minimal cost.
  • Diagnosing problems that can affect performance.
  • Giving the best direction to follow.
  • Monitoring implementation of tasks.
  • Storage of data.
  • I am satisfied with the entire performance.
  • There is no issue with functionality.
Data virtualization and resource monitoring by Foglight has contributed to improved production. It has large storage space that can store our workloads under safe place. I can highly recommend this product to any company that requires the best hybrid cloud services. Collaboration with our partners on development planning and data optimization process has been great with Foglight. It can instantly detect any issue and automatically report to our SQL server.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • [Foglight is] used to monitor virtualized environment (VMware) Active Directory, Exchange, SQL Server w/ Analytics and other physical servers and software subsystems.
  • The problems it solves for are active monitoring and alerting (uptime monitoring), historical baseline and trending, surfacing changes to hardware/software, log aggregation and analysis.
  • Graphing and visualization of complex data sets
  • Historical baselining and trending
  • Automation of common tasks for response to known issues
  • Aggregation and correlation of data across time series
  • Threshold limits for alerting are not easily set to custom instances or groupings (things like customizing free disk space alerts for systems with enormous volumes to alert at a different threshold % than those with smaller volumes)
  • Groovy requires a learning curve/specialized skill set for modifying rule sets
  • Quest (perhaps as a victim of being purchased and then subsequently sold off by Dell) has deprecated a number of the subsystem cartridges (Storage etc.) that we depended upon including the lowest common denominator one (snmp) that is used to create monitors around proprietary systems and hardware that has no other api/monitoring capability
  • Support has in past taken *months* to get an answer to issues that they had already solved for under another cartridge (e.g. disabling of SMB v1 caused their Exchange cartridge to have monitoring failures - they corrected this. Odd issues with another cartridge took literally 6 months to figure out that these were related to the disabling of SMB v1 as well. This was very frustrating.
  • Other products offer more advanced analytics so it seems they have been falling behind. If this were a very inexpensive product I would not fault this but the licensing for Foglight is not inexpensive.
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.)
Aletha Diaz | TrustRadius Reviewer
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.
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.
Jaime L. Regan | TrustRadius Reviewer
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.
Anderson Costa | TrustRadius Reviewer
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.