Spotlight

Spotlight

Score 9.0 out of 10
Spotlight

Overview

What is Spotlight?

Spotlight from Quest Software is a database performance monitoring option.
Read more

Recent Reviews

Dell Spotlight

8 out of 10
May 26, 2016
The DBA team uses it for real-time monitoring of a couple dozen of the production instances as well as spot monitoring of development …
Continue reading
Read all reviews
Return to navigation

Product Details

What is Spotlight?

Spotlight from Quest Software is a database performance monitoring option.

Spotlight Technical Details

Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Return to navigation

Comparisons

View all alternatives
Return to navigation

Reviews and Ratings

 (12)

Attribute Ratings

Reviews

(1-3 of 3)
Companies can't remove reviews or game the system. Here's why
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Spotlight provides a variety of insights into our SQL server. Used primarily in the IT department, it notifies us of stress on the server and allows users to help target specific processes contributing to that stress. It also allows us to rewind to the time a problem occurs and see a snapshot of what was happening, which is useful when trying to identify the cause of off-hours issues.
  • Great SQL server monitoring
  • Rewind and playback of previous times
  • Some things like the "server health" ratings are tied to preset properties and are less useful if those are not important in your environment.
  • It can be challenging to adjust thresholds to try to make alerting and status more accurate.
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!!!").
SQL Performance Monitoring (5)
76%
7.6
Performance dashboard
90%
9.0
Intelligent alerting
80%
8.0
Top SQL
60%
6.0
Historical trend data
80%
8.0
Virtualization support
70%
7.0
  • Spotlight is reasonably inexpensive, and any one of the multiple things we use it for more than justifies the cost.
Though our support needs have been minimal, we have gotten good responses when we have needed it.
October 16, 2019

Spotlight Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
All the DBAs in our team use Spotlight, which currently is at 6 people. We bring up in the morning and continue to monitor all day. This gives us a great view of active production databases. We are able to view top sessions, top SQL and see CPU consumption. It is actually one of the best tools we have used for monitoring Oracle databases.
  • The screen is color-coded, so when Red or Orange is displayed you are able to drill down into that setting and figure out what is going on.
  • This tool also integrates with the OEM agents which will also have implemented.
  • Spotlight also works great without RAC databases, able to view at the cluster level or drill down to instances and VM's.
  • Have not found any issues at this point.
Spotlight is well suited for any Oracle database and supports multiple versions. Nothing special is needed to support multiple versions.
SQL Performance Monitoring (5)
50%
5.0
Performance dashboard
80%
8.0
Intelligent alerting
80%
8.0
Top SQL
90%
9.0
Historical trend data
N/A
N/A
Virtualization support
N/A
N/A
  • 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.
Spotlight is easier to view than OEM. OEM is better for historical information.
I've never had to contact support, as of yet I have had no issues or problems with the tool. This is after 5 years of use.
May 26, 2016

Dell Spotlight

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The DBA team uses it for real-time monitoring of a couple dozen of the production instances as well as spot monitoring of development instances when troubleshooting issues. We also make it available in a read-only mode to our clients so they can monitor their production instances as well. It's not the company supported/supplied software, but since that doesn't work well enough, we've supplemented it with Spotlight for our most important instances.
  • 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.
  • My only complaint was the cost.
I like it anywhere a you need to see current state at a glance.
SQL Performance Monitoring (5)
68%
6.8
Performance dashboard
90%
9.0
Intelligent alerting
90%
9.0
Top SQL
N/A
N/A
Historical trend data
70%
7.0
Virtualization support
90%
9.0
  • It had a positive impact in two main areas. First, it was easy for the DBA team to configure it to watch and alert on the most important instances. And second, it was very easy to provide clients read-only access to the dashboard so they could watch their servers as well, i.e. they weren't always pestering us for current status.
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.
Return to navigation