Quest Foglight for APM Review

Customizable alerts, dashboards and reports are the most valuable features for us.


Improvements to My Organization

Our project consisted in a company wide upgrade to Vsphere 6. Part of the deployment project was to evaluate, external tools, to manage and report on the new Vsphere 6 implementation. Dell Foglight was selected because it's ease of deployment, ase to train the IT team on the new product, created several custom Dashboards, Alarms and Reports to be accessed by different groups within the organization (e.g. Compute, Storage, Networking and Operations).

Valuable Features

  • Easy to install and deploy (including Federated Environments)
  • End-to-End visibility and management for all the components/objects of a virtualized environment (VCs, Hosts, VMs, vstorage, vnetworking etc.) and Citrix (XenDesktop and XenApp), and VDI
  • Intuitive, Single-pane-of-glass dashboards for real-time statistics and long-term statistics for capacity management and in-depth analytics
  • Fully scalable architecture for federated environments
  • Fully customizable alerts, dashboards and reports

Room for Improvement

It needs a more intuitive way to create and implement custom "Cartridges" to be deployed through out a Federated environment.

Stability Issues

We have had no issues with the stability.

Scalability Issues

We have had no issues with scaling it for our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Excellent. Dell and Quest have a great and very knowleagable support team

Initial Setup

One of the main factors in our decision to select and implement Foghlight was the ease of installation and deployment. The product comes as an OVA Appliance and takes less than an hour to install. Once the product is install the configuration is very straightforward. After assigning and connecting to the Virtual Centers the object discovery begins and most of the Standard Dashboards will be populated. After the standard Dashboards, Analysis and Reports are available the user can create and deploy custom "Cartridges" to create custom Collections, perform Custom Analysis, and generate custom Alarms and Reports.

The product comes as an OVA Appliance and takes less than an hour to install. Once the product is installed, the configuration is very straightforward. After assigning and connecting to the Virtual Centers the object discovery begins and most of the Standard Dashboards will be populated

Implementation Team

I was a contrcator dedicated to the Virtualization Tools team. We implemented and configured the product in-house with help from Dell support.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated several other solutions from (Solar Winds, Nagios, Veeam, VMTurbo, HP...etc). Foglight Enterprise was the most scalable and easy to deploy tool.

Other Advice

This is the new release, and it has some new modules that can be better integrated. I joined the Dell and Quest Forums and User Groups to get feedback from the user and support communities.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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