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Enigma still does not have all the features we want, but it has enough of the most desired features: scalability, notifications, custom OIDs, good graphs, small polling interval, long term data retention, single poller.
Enigma has a lot of specific detail coded into it for discovering and monitoring Cisco devices. If you are a Cisco shop this might be a major consideration.
So far, as mentioned earlier, we have been able to provide graphs on at least 80,000 metrics spread across more than 10,000 devices. Enigma automatically begins monitoring interfaces that are up and active. There are a few different factors involved. This is not really configurable, but it works well enough by itself that it requires little to no maintenance.
Scenarios and a highly customizable user interface are the two pillars that our decision for SQL Detective was based on as well as the TKPROF front-end.
SQLDetective made our lives a lot easier.
It works pretty well as a standalone development and management front-end.
SQLDetective has been the first alternative that I used which allowed access to huge tables and in a convenient fashion.
We would like to see more flexibility with alerting. Since our adoption of Enigma, it has improved greatly in this area, but there are still alerting threshold configurability limitations that we would like to see improvements on.
I would like to see dynamic grouping. For example, in our case, we have Subscriber Units that are connected to APs. These are constantly being re-homed, or pointed to a different AP on the same tower or a different tower altogether. There is an SNMP value corresponding to the AP name, and one for the AP MAC address. I would like Enigma to be able to form groups based on the AP name (or the MAC address, either one), which are dynamically changed.
I would also like to see Enigma move away from CentOS 6.5 and onto a more current platform, as well as away from myISAM tables to InnoDB. No improvements are being made to myISAM, and this has been the case for several years, from what I understand. So, this code is going to become more and more outdated by that virtue alone. The developers say that myISAM tables are faster. I did some reading up on it, and it seems that at one point, when InnoDB was new, it was slower than myISAM, but InnoDB has made major improvements since then.
Maybe one day, we could participate into a script repository as discussed in the early days of SQLDetective.
I would not switch to a Mac version of SQLDetective or Linux. CLI is sufficient in most cases anyway on one of those two operating systems where any way to access information is better than none.
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I don’t know what the pricing is currently, but there are different price levels. We got an unlimited license, and considering what we get for the amount we paid, it’s a good deal. The other licenses are limited on number of devices (not monitors/metrics).
SQLDetective is a huge time saver.
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Enigma NMS is the cost-effective, comprehensive, scalable and maintenance free solution for all your network needs.
Enigma NMS deployment always greatly improves quality and scope of network management and monitoring service delivery combined with significant cost reduction.
SQLDetective comprises 50 modules and 31 database object wizards supporting in total 59 object types – up to Oracle 12c. It’s a state-of-the-art development solution accelerating the development, the maintenance, and the administration of Oracle Databases.
SQLDetective administers and monitors sessions, tablespaces, data files, rollback segments, users & roles, and access grants for objects using Storage Manager, Session Navigator, Database Monitor, Top Session Locator and Database Examiner.
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