Foglight

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Foglight review by Salman Q.
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"Monitor the components which effects Product's performance."

What do you like best?

the best thing about this product i like most is "Real-time email and alerts" because it provides some really good help to fix problems and issues on time. Even most tools provide reports to some extent but this tools have some nice interface for history reporting.

What do you dislike?

Cost is expensive. But with the features we get things sort out. I will recommend please train your technical team on it before using it so that investment on this can bring maximum return. Little improvement in customization modules is needed. Currently available system works perfectly but improvement will add more power to it.

If you have no issue with cost you gonna like it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Usually there are many tools available. One works better for . NET one's performance is fabulous with JAVA. But believe me foglight is best across multiple technologies. It helped out little company to create a better user experience. Even there is a lot improvemts required in Customization. But the available one are still best to serve their needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We now have very better history reporting. we can respond to errors in lesser time. and yes it helped us in increasing our revenues.

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Foglight review by Anish D.
Anish D.
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"Dell-Foglight"

What do you like best?

This is great end user monitoring tool that helps capturing both performance and content for every transaction by each and every user. It provides great facility to replay what user has gone through during his web session which greatly helps in detecting problem areas and troubleshoot defects.

Also, it collects full data from network and browser which is useful in tracking user activity, keyboard/ mouse and navigation events.

What do you dislike?

This is tough to learn by naive users and organisation need to provide sessions before starting with it.

It is good for large organisations where there are large web application in productions and to monitor and analyse them is a daily hectic task.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is good web monitoring tool for large organisations that provides end to end analysis results which helps on troubleshooting and providing good solutions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We as a service company provides web services to clients and we try to ensure that we have properly tested them for bug free product delivered to client which is high in quality. Also, we provide maintenance of our already released old services for web clients.

What Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Foglight review by Samrat M.
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"Foglight : A real-time desktop/laptop side monitoring tool for remote servers"

What do you like best?

I have used Foglight for Windows based servers (typically Oracle EPM services are on these with an OBIEE or SmartView front end for reporting) and traditional Linux/Unix platforms and both versions have exceeded my expectations in terms of its instant alerting capability with a visual interface unlike any other server monitoring application.

What do you dislike?

To be honest, very little to dislike as it also tells you which processes (including its details, ports being used etc) are causing a resource contention in the server. However, while it serves to report this information consistently well, the capability to remediate the problem through the tool itself is a bit limited. However, this is not a major negative as most monitoring tools (free or paid software) need the remediation outside of the tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We have tried using Oracle Enterprise Manager for server resources monitoring but found that the alerting capabilities on Foglight to be far better. We switched on to FogLight since.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Application stability, timely reporting of resource contention while using this tool helped keep business continuity and confidence on the existing on premise applications consistently high.

Foglight review by Shipra K.
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"Must for every large application"

What do you like best?

SQL PI, Performance Tree,Deadlock and blocking history are best features that gives controls of all activity running on DB server. DB alarms and reports are also good features. It will always alert you when Deadlocks starts in DB.

What do you dislike?

No feature to display all related queries of a particular user action in application. Dashboard does not show the all required activities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Must for mission critical application. It will always alert you before the issue occurs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Application production and performance monitoring.

Foglight review by Andy T.
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"Foglight is our chosen monitoring software and capacity planning for all our customers servers"

What do you like best?

As we host a number of customer servers and databases, Foglight is a great monitoring tool to alert us for performance degradation and capacity planning, this allows us immediate alerting to our support team as well as our customers. Foglight has become our support teams first point of call for any reported performance issues.

What do you dislike?

It took a while to to get everything configured and setup, the networking confirmation isn't as straight forward as we had hoped, and the user interface is a bit unfriendly to use and could do with a redesign.

There are too many different variations of the Foglight product which makes it difficult to configure and expensive to cover all systems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Foglight made monitoring our customers software and hardware much easier, it is very stable software, which can reliable monitor and alert before any disasters.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted a single monitoring system that could monitor all our customers servers and provide instant alerting, as well as provide capacity planning. Foglight allowed us to do this with additional benefits of database monitoring, without the need to monitor foglight itself as it is a very robust piece of software.

Foglight review by Jacob L.
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"Everything you want at your fingertips"

What do you like best?

Whilst vSphere vCenter does give you alerts and performance metrics, it's up to you to make sense of it. This is where Foglight steps in. Foglight is brilliant in the way it helps you understand your environment. It can point out performance concerns quite quickly such as high CPU wait times, memory ballooning, wasted disk space from orphaned VMDK's and zombie VM's.

What do you dislike?

We are currently using Foglight for Virtualization Standard. Unfortunately this product has been discontinued and the only option now is Foglight for Virtualization Enterprise which is more expensive. This is a negative, as even though Enterprise is much more advanced, Standard fit our needs much better. One other thing to note is that Standard requires Java for some functions, however Enterprise is complete Java-free.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We are using Standard, which is no longer available. Enterprise is great, however, you need a fairly specific use case and environment size to use it. If not, the return on investment may not be likely.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Foglight to pinpoint performance issues and bottlenecks, as well as minimize waste. The reporting functionality is quite good and we can even schedule cleanups. We have saved a fairly large chunk of time by seeing all this information in a single pane of glass and then being able to act on it easily and effectively.

Foglight review by Andrew C.
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"We we able to instantly monitor and get alerted for SQL load with Foglight for SQL Server"

What do you like best?

Foglight for SQL Server is a great way to monitor load on multiple SQL Servers in one place, giving comparisons of load between servers and instant colour coded alerts, with drill downs for each Performance Indicator making it great for helping diagnose possible issues. It is also great for planning HDD Capacity for SQL Databases by monitoring history of Database sizes.

What do you dislike?

It took a while to get the Server and clients installed correctly, and to understand how to get things working, this was partly down to how the software needed to connect to each other over networks which had firewalls between them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We solved many issues with foglight, including issues we didn't know we had before it became a disaster, I would recommend at least trialling this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted a central way to easily monitor and diagnose load issues on our SQL Servers, with the option of expanding to Oracle and MySQL

Foglight review by Jodi R.
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"This just wasn't a good fit for us, but it's decent software"

What do you like best?

It's great at monitoring performance and has a great alert system.

What do you dislike?

This is an expensive product, couple that with that fact that it is time consuming and moderately difficult to get running and you have software that just isn't good for smaller companies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't mind the cost and have the time and resources to get it going, it can be a great tool. If you are a small business this may not work for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Foglight is a great tool to find issues in your systems, such as performance, degradation, and to get robust reports on this issues.

Foglight review by Charles C.
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"What the Dell is going on here? A lot. "

What do you like best?

Capture the experience of users interacting with key applications. Pinpoint the root cause of incidents so you can fix problems fast. Improve user satisfaction and ensure the IT environment supports the needs of the organization.

What do you dislike?

Theres not much I can say I dislike per se. If I'm nitpicking, I can always say theres an easier way to really use this effective as a beginner but nothing major has ever been issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Gain a unified view of storage performance and application utilization through the virtualization layer to the physical disk spindle. Monitor and manage the performance of your underlying physical storage as well as the capacity and topology metrics to ensure the best possible virtual infrastructure performance. This is a great product for all that I've already mentioned and I can go on if I had more time lol.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Optimizing the configuration, performance and utilization of my hypervisors and guest virtual machines, as well as the applications utilizing them. Capitalizing on extensive real-time monitoring, capacity planning and reporting capabilities for informed decision making.

Foglight review by Curtis R.
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"Foglight On-Premise"

What do you like best?

What I like best about Foglight is its ability to be extended via WCF (Not Windows WCF) to add functionality that isn't available out of the box. This is actually surprisingly easy and straight forward to do and allows you to grow the solution to fit your needs. In addition to this, its ability to run multiple Foglight Management Servers and then federate the results of these to a Federation server allows you to separate your workloads logically and group permissions and resources more effectively. Finally, its ability to script synthetic transactions and then deploys these to Foglight Agent Mangers dispersed around the world (Azure, AWS Regions, Etc) makes it really easy to see the performance of your site from the perspective of real users and detect slow portions of your processes.

What do you dislike?

With large amounts of infrastructure, you have to do a great deal of tuning to ensure the interface remains performant. It is not uncommon to log into an FMS or the Federation server to find a loading spinner that doesn't seem to want to go away. For best results, run these on Linux instances, if you're going to use virtual hardware, be sure to dedicate resources and properly tune your JVM settings based on recommendations from Dell regarding the size of your anticipated environment/workload.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If installing on-premise, be sure to spend time up front understanding the size of your infrastructure and the necessary server footprint for Foglight to function in a performant way. Use linux systems for your FMS servers and dedicate resources if VM's. If including cloud based applications in addition to on-premise, be sure to configure Foglight Agent Managers in the same cloud location and then allow those to communicate back to your on-premise. This will improve performance greatly. By all means, take advantage of the Synthetic transactions cabilities and setup FAMs to house these in cloud providers in the regions your users are located. This will help you understand global performance of your application for your most common processes (logins, account updates, carts/purchases, etc).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This solution enabled us to monitor all of our applications and their underlying infrastructure components. The was achieved by the systems ability to group applications into what are known as Foglight "Services" and then define the various components of the applications along with the rule-sets needed to determine the overall health of the service. By doing this, we were able to group and roll-up applications into categories and expose dashboards denoting the health of these categories with various degrees of detail to specific users based on their need to see more or less details. Management and colleagues could see the overall health of high-level services, while service managers could see deep details into their particular services, while admins and developers could dive much deeper into the inner workings of the applications/systems and see all events and take actions.

Foglight review by Daniel S.
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"An armoured tank. "

What do you like best?

Foglight is a limitless monitoring platform, fully extensible with custom cartridges for every case and platform. It can do network, application, OS, database, even user simulations. Its dashboard elements are beautiful, and it's fully manageable from its web-based front end.

What do you dislike?

Foglight is a beast. Nothing is simple or painless. The only good use case for Foglight is one where the target criteria is complex. If you are looking to monitor network, OS, database, or use standard monitoring protocols like SNMP, WMI, or even custom SOAP monitoring calls, then Foglight is more horsepower than you need and I would recommend against it.

Also its dashboards, while beautiful, are not fully customizable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try a combination of less robust monitoring products before trying foglight.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ensuring that our main ERP was functioning, and user experience was nominal.

Our ERP front end had status indicators, but we were obstructed from querying the status directly. So we used foglight to simulate a user log in, and navigation to the status screen. Foglight was able to read the visual status indicators and record the values. We got a time series performance picture that was not thought of by the ERP's designers. That was pretty great.

Foglight review by User in Financial Services
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"Easy monitor your database and tuning the performance of your database"

What do you like best?

with the help of foglight, you can focus more on tuning your database.

It can quickly identify and resolve performance issues of Oracle database.

The consumption this software is less than other database monitor software.

What do you dislike?

The price is depend on the core of your database servers. So for the enterprises which own a large amount of small databases or in RAC infrastructure, the cost may be a considerable issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The GUI interface is clear, but it will also cause the problem that most of the users of foglight will miss the valuable knowledge of database by just pick and click.

It can monitor all most all things you as a DBA care about.

Before foglight, we have consider about spotlight which is also a product of Dell. But at last we choose foglight cause it can provide more information about Oracle database and server.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For automatically monitor the database and the server.

There is still a software add-on for performance tuning, which is helpful for us to find out the problems of the SQL in production and make a better performance.

Foglight review by Shaifali G.
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"Foglight- Virtualization"

What do you like best?

It provides ease in configuring VM and helps analysing VM heath with its performance analysis tool so that we can know and solve the problem with VM as soon as it comes.

What do you dislike?

Its performance with one CPU and ability for hypervision across CPU core is not too good which affects performance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can use foglight for providing VM solution and for satisfying different needs with less hardware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Configuring and providing VMs with different OS for testing and use on different platforms.

Providing VMs with different kind of software each ready to use as soon as required by user according to tseting needs.

Foglight review by User
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"Foglight for Visualization - Recommended!"

What do you like best?

It supports a lot of different hypervisors: vmware, openstack, KVM, and others. The big difference between this one and its competitors are the capability of bringing together application, infrastructure and database performance statistics in a single view.

What do you dislike?

Initially there were many options that now are discontinued. We really liked the Standard product, that is now not available. The Enterprise edition is somewhat more costly, with many options that are not that important, for example, the Synthetic transactions capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Foglight to the users that can make use of all the capabilities it offers, in order to get value for the price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to diagnose problems arising and to provide more information about the transactions.

Foglight review by Damian Eliel A.
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"WE can watch the performance instantly"

What do you like best?

In Foglight we like the ability to log on and review history, as well as real time emails and alerts for DBAs to resolve the issues. I found the algorithms to forecast growth and concerns to be particularly intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Its really expensive. Its also difficult the servers setup, and the user interface could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If cost isnt your problem, the just go for it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted an easy way of monitoring loading issues on servers.

It has minimized induced downtimes

Foglight review by Jaime L. R.
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"Dell Foglight is great"

What do you like best?

It is an awesome platform for viewing and analyzing all sorts of data for the use of apps

What do you dislike?

It is a little too business oriented and spartan. It could be made to appear more user friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a quality product for the analysis you need to find and target slowdowns in performance

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am mostly utilizing the ability to monitor java, the architecture, and pinpoint where slowdowns are occurring so as to vastly improve the performance of apps

Foglight review by Christopher R.
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"Dell Foglight is a bright light"

What do you like best?

I like best the ability to see geographically where things are slowing down so that issues can be identified quickly and be resolved

What do you dislike?

I dislike most the user interface, it is a little bit clunky and not the easiest to understand when you first begin using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Quality program to analyze and determine what is slowing things down

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the business problems involving various application architecture and other issues to identify where the problems are

Foglight review by Ben L.
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"Great info for VMware environment "

What do you like best?

Was great at righting out where problems were occurring, when to expect to add resources, etc

What do you dislike?

It's a beast of a product and sometimes finding what you're looking for was though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This tool compares with vROps & Turbonomic, but can give info on the underlying hardware as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to be pro-active instead of reactive, knowing well in advance when we'll need to add hosts.

Foglight review by Administrator
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"Best Graphical Display.. Impressive piece of s/w"

What do you like best?

I like how Foglight shows the Graphics to show how the CPU, Memory and IO is taking place and where is the Latency.

What do you dislike?

Its not that I don't like, but this tends to get slow at times and it will based on the amount of detail it shows. Not bad at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great piece of software with neat interface and very user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working as a Database Administrator and this helps me keep track of my hardware and keep them on track.

Foglight review by dhanilan m.
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"Foglight :Light to Performance Insights"

What do you like best?

Best enterprise suite for Performance Monitoring. Have all in depth features for analysing Web Applications

What do you dislike?

User Interface to look more intuitive. Larger fonts

Recommendations to others considering the product

Enterprise customers will definitely be benefitted

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bigger enterprise needs better monitoring than some opensource monitoring solutions. Apart , it gives the Dashboard statistics very clearly

Foglight review by Elizabeth C.
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"Foglight "

What do you like best?

It has really helped streamline our IT processes and gives a better insight into our productivity and efficiency.

What do you dislike?

N/A - At this point, I am very pleased with the product and don't have any true dislikes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping our employees happy and productive.

Foglight review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Dell Virtualization Management FogLight"

What do you like best?

This is one of the best, most cost effective performance monitoring solution out there.

What do you dislike?

With the latest release, Dell update the product with a more granular virtual data collection sampling rate. This can come extremely useful, although the feature also come with an increase data storage usage cost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Dell has given the Foglight an extra oomph to virtualization management ecosystem.

Regardless the drawbacks, this is the best server virtualization to date.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data Virtualization Management in a snap

Foglight review by Brittany M.
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"foglight "

What do you like best?

Manage a high volume and pace of change

What do you dislike?

I do not really see or have any dislikes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

eliminating risks with mobile or cloud migrations and technology upgrades

Foglight review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Best DB monitoring tool"

What do you like best?

Performance Tree, Real time activity, Blocking history and deadlock management.

What do you dislike?

I have not yet found. This is the perfect DB tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Database monitoring and performance.

Foglight review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Great"

What do you like best?

Ensure a positive end-user experience by eliminating downtime and resolving problems faster

What do you dislike?

i dislike that it is little bit difficult to oprearte

Recommendations to others considering the product

i would recommend others to use this product.Very nice

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

User Experience Monitoring –Capture both performance and content of every click by every user

Foglight review by Administrator in Consumer Electronics
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"Learner of Foglight"

What do you like best?

best user experience monitoring with better gui and interface. It can tackle big data analytics

What do you dislike?

I did not hate anything atmost as I started learning this. Will update once i feel so

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

one can analyse the performance of application easily

Foglight review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Older product, easily replaced"

What do you like best?

It had a fairly easy-to-use dashboarding feature for end-users.

What do you dislike?

It mostly took output from scripts, logs, etc and graphed them. We spent several months and 3rd-party consultants to integrate it with our monitoring system, but never would work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None that I'm aware of

Foglight review by Administrator
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"Fog light review"

What do you like best?

Great software for monitoring production servers

What do you dislike?

Sometimes not accurate enough. It’s a great tool for monitoring server health.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great tool for monitoring server and it’s health

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