Spotlight Cloud Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Spotlight Cloud

Cloud-powered SQL server performance monitoring

4.47/5 (17 reviews)

Spotlight Cloud overview

What is 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.
www.spotlightcloud.io

Pricing

Starting from
$45/month
Pricing options
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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
Spotlight Cloud screenshot: Rapid Alert SystemIntroducing Spotlight CloudSpotlight Cloud screenshot: Locate the problemSpotlight Cloud screenshot: Workload Analyzer

Spotlight Cloud reviews

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Daniel Boucher

A (not so) hidden gem.

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-11
Review Source: Capterra

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."

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Alex Helwig

Spotlight Cloud Review

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-03-05
Review Source: Capterra

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..

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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David Stout

Spotlight overview

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-07-07
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 3/10

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Paul Insley

Effective monitoring at an affordable price

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-07-07
Review Source: Capterra

We've found Spotlight Cloud to be an easy to use and cost effective way to monitor our SQL instance. Spotlight has helped us to identify and fix performance issues, and be proactive dealing with any problems.

Pros
Clear and easy to understand layout. Easy to deploy. Minimal impact on the monitored server's performance. Lots of different alerts available and with options for customisation. Good value for money vs other non-cloud based monitoring alternatives. No issues syncing to the cloud. Support has been excellent.

Cons
Some of the automated alerts were lacking in information. E.g. Deadlock alert does not contain any information about the deadlock. The Availability Group monitoring does not have much detail. Acknowledging alarms requires numerous buttons to be clicked. The SSMS tuning pack slowed down SSMS when it was installed. It is not possible to have a mix of basic and pro subscriptions running through 1 account. Ideally we would only need a pro subscription for our production servers.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Daniel Suarez

Great product at an affordable price

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-03-10
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Spotlight Cloud pricing

Starting from
$45/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Spotlight Cloud basic is free but with limited features.
Spotlight Cloud Pro is $45 per month, billed annually.

Spotlight Cloud features

Data Visualization
Monitoring
Real Time Monitoring

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Activity Dashboard (230 other apps)
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Alerts / Escalation (120 other apps)
Auditing (122 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (172 other apps)
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Compliance Management (125 other apps)
Data Import/Export (163 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (124 other apps)
Real Time Data (114 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (195 other apps)
Search Functionality (115 other apps)
Third Party Integration (230 other apps)
User Management (108 other apps)
Workflow Management (138 other apps)

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Additional information for Spotlight Cloud

Key features of Spotlight Cloud

  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application-Level Analysis
  • Blocked Workflows
  • Custom Alarms
  • Database Monitoring
  • Fragmentation
  • Health Checks
  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Plan Analysis
  • Prioritization
  • Query Analysis
  • Query Plans
  • Resource Optimization
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • SQL Optimization
  • SQL analysis
  • Troubleshooting
  • Workload Analysis
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