Spotlight Cloud

Cloud-powered SQL server performance monitoring

About Spotlight Cloud

Spotlight Cloud is a cloud-based database performance monitoring solution designed to provide tools for 24/7 performance coverage and instant diagnostics. In addition to database monitoring, Spotlight Cloud provides query plan analysis and SQL optimization tools for SQL servers using Spotlight's Tuning Pack. Spotlight Cloud has functionality for alarm management, server health checks, performance diagnostics, and workload analysis.

With Spotlight Cloud, database administrators (DBAs) are able to know exactly when there is a problem with over 100 alarm types. DBAs can configure and define thresholds, collect background information and alarm details, and determine priority levels for smart alarms and preventable alarms. For preventable care, Spotlight Cloud provides routine health checks to determine potential and actual issues for I/O, security, memory, or disaster recovery. Issues can be ignored or clicked on to display in-depth details for potential analysis.

Within the availability dashboard, Spotlight Cloud always displays the real-time status and cluster associated with each database. For database monitoring, DBAs can gain a quick overview using filtered views for overall database utilization, associated alarms, and trend information. Spotlight Cloud workload analyzer is able to dissect information and workloads to resolve complex issues such as slow workload performance or incorrect SQL syntax using root-cause analysis. Additionally, Spotlight Cloud also provides a TempDb dashboard to visualize usage of the TempDb database and drill down into specific details and configurations as well as potential or current issues involving the database.


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Overall rating

4,5 /5
(19)
Value for Money
4,5/5
Features
4,2/5
Ease of Use
4,2/5
Customer Support
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Daniel
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A (not so) hidden gem.

Reviewed on 2020/02/11

Before we chose Spotlight Cloud, we had researched other options--including Quest's on premise...

Before we chose Spotlight Cloud, we had researched other options--including Quest's on premise software, Foglight. We quickly realized we needed a solution that could be accessed anywhere--not an on premise option, and Spotlight Cloud offered this in its SaaS design. We've been using Spotlight Cloud for more than two years now and it's become a critical part of our daily survival/business continuity. The time it saves and the ability it offers to be proactive vs. reactive is something I cannot imagine being without.

Pros

The biggest benefit that Spotlight Cloud has given me is time. As a small business I wear many hats and my time is already spread thin. By not having to endlessly watch my SQL Servers for issues, my time has been freed for more important tasks. This is, in a word: priceless.

Cons

There are a few issues with Spotlight Cloud I have experienced, mostly UI and navigation driven. For instance, any time I try to "Acknowledge" an alarm, a comment box opens with another acknowledge button that must be clicked, but this button is obstructed by the UI's "Help" bubble and results in me having to tab through the screen to close the dialog. Though I've mentioned this minor detail several times, it still exists. There are also helpful features that I don't use often so when I do I cannot easily remember/find where they are located. The ability to save a list of favorite features would go a long way toward helping this. And finally, the SQL Tuning Pack (an additional expense), has not been very useful, often slow, stalls the startup of SSMS, and is hard to understand what exactly it has "optimized."

Alternatives Considered

SQL Monitor and SQL Diagnostic Manager

Reasons for Switching to Spotlight Cloud

In the end we chose Spotlight Cloud due to its SaaS setup and design. This meant minimal setup on our part, instant feature updates without any need of my time, and best of all, easy access from anywhere--including a smartphone app.
Alex
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Spotlight Cloud Review

Reviewed on 2020/03/05

Pretty good

Pretty good

Pros

I use the health check for each of my servers daily to find potential missing indexes and other recommendations.
I use the workload analyzer when I notice server performance issues and need to troubleshoot more effectively.
One of the best functionalities are the recommendations given when diagnosing an alarm. I've found those to be greatly useful and not really done by other monitoring solutions.

Cons

Sometimes when using the workload analyzer and trying to find which query is being troublesome... it just tells me the SQL Batch is out of context besides the query. This is not very useful to me but there might not be a way around it on your side..

David
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  • Industry: Translation & Localization
  • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

Spotlight overview

Reviewed on 2020/07/07

If you are going to buy this product your better off buying the on prim version as opposed to the...

If you are going to buy this product your better off buying the on prim version as opposed to the Saas. The on prim version is much more stable and easier to use.

Pros

The ability to find and tune problematic queries.

Cons

The refresh rate is a minute so at best you only know what happened in the last minute.
The play back feature is hard to used and restets itself.
Alarms are hard to snooze and acknowledge, sometimes after the refresh the alarm comes back.

Daniel
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  • Industry: Computer & Network Security
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great product at an affordable price

Reviewed on 2020/03/10

O really love this product. I would suggest improving the support experience. I have not had a good...

O really love this product. I would suggest improving the support experience. I have not had a good result all the times.

Pros

Cloud synchronization is great. Deployment is straightforward and you have all your instances monitored in a matter of minutes. Push notifications are awesome.

Cons

Monitoring Always On availability groups is practically useless. No features at all. This should be reviewed and implemented.

Reasons for Switching to Spotlight Cloud

Because of the cloud readiness and price. As a consultant, I need to monitor different instances remotely, and this has been the right product.
Tim
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  • Industry: Real Estate
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best Monitoring Software Available

Reviewed on 2020/02/05

I've really enjoyed utilizing spotlight cloud over the last year at multiple sites. The ability to...

I've really enjoyed utilizing spotlight cloud over the last year at multiple sites. The ability to execute various alarm actions and really setup workflows has made life quite a bit easier for a DBA that manages a multitude of servers.

Support has been fantastic and they seem to be open to feature recommendations.

Pros

Cloud Based
Customizable Alert Actions
Support is great

Cons

No Azure/AWS Capabilities
Security could use a bit more attention

Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

Reasons for Choosing Spotlight Cloud

RedGate refused after several focus group meetings to implement alarm actions

Reasons for Switching to Spotlight Cloud

The web ui and ios interface moved Spotlight Cloud to the top of the list very quickly
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Spotlight Cloud offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$45,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Spotlight Cloud basic is free but with limited features. Spotlight Cloud Pro is $45 per month, billed annually.

Spotlight Cloud has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

Spotlight Cloud supports the following languages:

English

Spotlight Cloud supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

We do not have any information about what integrations Spotlight Cloud has

Spotlight Cloud offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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