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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.

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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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Meet the increasingly complex demands of cross platform database performance monitoring for both on-premises and cloud database platforms. To learn more, visit:

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Great Visual Dashboard: Users have found Quest foglight to offer a visually appealing and intuitive dashboard for their datacenter. Several reviewers have mentioned that the visual representation of data makes it easy to solve performance event correlation.

Wide Range of Functionalities: The availability of optional cartridges such as SQL, Oracle, and ESXi has been highly appreciated by users. This enhancement allows for everything to be managed in the same console, providing convenience and efficiency for managing different platforms.

Real-time Data Display: Reviewers have highlighted the valuable feature of real-time data display in the interface. Being able to see the latest information instantaneously helps users stay informed about their system's performance and make timely decisions.

Confusing User Interface: Many users have expressed frustration with the confusing user interface of the product, which has made it challenging to perform tasks quickly and efficiently. The layout and navigation are not intuitive, requiring extra time and effort to understand how to use the software effectively.

Unhelpful Customer Support: Numerous reviewers have mentioned that customer support is unhelpful and often takes a long time to provide solutions to their issues. Users have reported delays in receiving assistance, leading to prolonged downtime and frustration.

Inconvenient Installation Process: Some users find the installation process inconvenient as it requires a Windows server and SQL Express database. This requirement can be burdensome for those who prefer different operating systems or databases, causing additional steps and potential compatibility issues during setup.


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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Foglight is a monitoring and optimization solution that provides performance monitoring and diagnostic capabilities in virtual machines and cloud offerings, reducing the risks of the hybrid cloud strategy, it is a tool that helps to migrate workloads running optimally. and reducing risks, It is used to keep the business running, Foglight's capabilities extend to hybrid environments providing a comprehensive performance solution.
  • It helps IT teams overcome the dual challenges of disparate technical infrastructures and limited experience with multiple database and vitalization platforms.
  • Foglight allows detecting and diagnosing performance problems simplifying hybrid environments, it is a solution that has perfect features which work in a flexible and intuitive way, it allows database performance in a safe and fast way. It works perfectly with nothing else to add.
  • Simplification of hybrid environments.
  • Safety and efficacy.
  • Average resolution time reduction.
  • 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.
Foglight is a tool that allows productivity to advance quickly and safely, offering data monitoring and optimization, guaranteeing the success of our business. It is a solution that provides relevant data for strategy and data analysis without losing sight of the final objective. It is a software that provides excellent features and maximum performance, provides reliability, saves time and prevents future errors. The experience is satisfactory.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • [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.)
  • Completeness of solution for being able to monitor (nearly) everything from a single management plane
  • Ease of use for end users / operations staff
  • Virtualization optimization and reporting feature set
  • Initially it was very positive until they started paring away some of the feature sets we depended upon
  • We have recently deprecated Foglight in the environment and have replaced it with a combination of an APM solution, Enterprise Log aggregation and Event Management system
  • The cost of the solution as the functionality was reduced lowered the ROI overall and coupled with our need of a solution that could do the on-prem and cloud simultaneously it forced our hand to deprecate.
  • I still say that Quest is better at visually presenting ugly data in an intelligent manner than nearly everybody else in the space.
Foglight was chosen years ago as a replacement for Groundwork. After 2.5 years of implementing Groundwork things were still not complete and the decision to go with a more formalized solution was made. Foglight installed easily and quickly nearly across the board and the full implementation for complex infrastructure was completed (with no Professional Services) by us in under 4 months. Nagios is a wonderful toolkit but you have to be ready to build what you need. It's flexibility and breadth are excellent features but with that comes the need to define things very tightly lest you embark on the project that never ends (see above about Groundwork). Dynatrace is an excellent APM tool and has advanced analytics but as a general infrastructure monitoring tool it is actually very expensive and to be honest does not have the same focus and full feature set that it does on it's APM (which to be fair is it's wheelhouse). vROPs (we also have) is a wonderful tool but focused (and rightly so) on satisfying the VMware engineers in the crowd and doesn't put itself out there too far to make things palatable for the non-engineering crowd.
Zerto, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), vRealize Suite, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery, Commvault HyperScale, Wasabi Object Storage, Redis, Apache Kafka, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Azure, Progress MOVEit (formerly Ipswitch MOVEit), HPE Synergy, HPE OneView, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series
Aletha Diaz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
  • 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.
We selected Foglight almost 6 years ago for its advancements in the APM space, moving toward a single pane of glass and their SaaS development. They have since abandoned the APM and SaaS offerings to focus solely on Database and Compute monitoring. This is why we are migrating 90% of our monitoring needs to a new tool.
Jaime L. Regan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
  • Positive - near instant alerts help combat potential problems quickly
  • Positive - minimizes business interruption
  • Positive - limits disruptions to productivity
  • Oracle
We were previously using Oracle to monitor resources across servers and networks. In general, that product was alright but the Foglight alerts are far superior to Oracle. The business goal of using Foglight is really to minimize business interruption costs so the faster and more noticeable the alerts, the better the product is at solving our problems.
Anderson Costa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
  • Great value for vmWare monitoring.
  • Helps our eCommerce team to troubleshoot issues and make end user experience better.
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