• Assessing Foglight vs Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM)

    As part of most any database monitoring software evaluation, it includes comparing that software to similar solutions. Logically, it often means doing head-to-head comparisons to database tools that come bundled with that particular DBMS. Regularly, I…

  • "Rabbit, Rabbit!" - Podcast Ep 01 - Why Be Normal?

    "Rabbit, Rabbit!" - a superstition found in Britain and North America wherein a person says or repeats the words "rabbit", "rabbits" and/or "white rabbits" aloud upon waking on the first day of a month, to ensure good…

  • Aaaaaazure! (Bless you.) Part 2 (3)

     

    In the spirit of keeping my blogs light and fun (?), the title was an attempt at that. In these interesting times (COVID-19 pandemic) and the need to stay home, I have been doing my share of yard work. It is the time of the year with lots of pollen in…

  • Are Your Database Deployments Becoming a Bit CLOUDY? Part 1 (3) – AaS the World Turns

    Cumulus, Stratus, Cirrus….no…not that THAT kind of CLOUDY.

    The increasing number of cloud options can be confusing. With that in mind, I thought I’d ‘clear the air’ and review some of the more popular implementations.

  • (Another) Foglight Countdown!

    ( * This blog has been updated from last year's.... )

     

    We have all done it. We think we know the lyrics to a song. We sing them passionately….and incorrectly. Here are a few classics.

    • “Excuse me while I kiss this guy”. Correct lyric: “Excuse…
  • The Object of My Affection – Litespeed’s Object Level Recovery

    All is well. Megan is having a good day. She’s a SQLServer DBA and her environment is humming along. Then…. someone drops a critical table bringing efficient data retrieval to a screeching halt. Now what? It’s a weekday morning and business…

  • Can you believe this Administration?!

    What’s that you say? You think it may not be appropriate that a technology blog dive into politics?

    Agreed. Instead, this blog highlights the breadth of Administration capabilities available in Foglight for Postgres.

    Administration options are available…

  • We Put It On Our Tab – Complementary Oracle Monitoring with Foglight Pt 3 (of 3) – CRS and Exadata

    This blog series discusses each of the ‘tabs’ that can be found on the Database Home page in Foglight for Oracle. These monitoring options come included at no additional cost and illustrate how broad and complete Foglight is as an Oracle monitoring solution…

  • We Put It On Our Tab – Complementary Oracle Monitoring with Foglight Pt 2 – ASM

    This blog series discusses each of the ‘tabs’ that can be found on the Database Home page in Foglight for Oracle.

    Part 1 of the blog covers Foglight’s monitoring for Oracle’s Data Guard.

    https://www.quest.com/community/quest/performance…

  • Identify Long Running Queries with Foglight

    April 15, 2019.....Let’s give a shout out to all those men and women running the Boston Marathon today.

    Man, running for that long must be taxing. Taxing…..wait…what day is it again?

    So, as my way of giving a nod to long runners,…

  • We Put It On Our Tab – Complementary Oracle Monitoring with Foglight Pt 1 – Data Guard

    Hold on, grammar and spelling enthusiasts. Already, you might be thinking, did he mean ‘Complementary’ or ‘Complimentary’? The answer? YES. This blog series focuses on additional Oracle monitoring capabilities beyond monitoring the Oracle instance…’complementary…

  • You serious, Clark?

    Imagine this.... you're hosting a Holiday Party...and the phone rings. You answer and the person on the other end says with a tense voice, "I'm sorry but we will be unable to deliver your beer, wine, and liquor order. The product never shipped."…

  • Monitoring and Managing Locks in Postgres with Foglight

    One of the most valuable capabilities of Postgres is its support for concurrent ACID transactions. ACID is an acronym for Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability. These database transaction properties help verify data validity. It is important…

  • Tune Your Queries with SQL Optimizer (Pt 1)

    One of the many ways to improve database performance is to tune SQL queries running in your environment. Two primary reasons for tuning are:

    1. Minimize Response Time – End users who are interacting with data want that data as quickly as possible. It may…
  • “License and Registration, please…” Spotlight

    So, you’ve downloaded and installed an evaluation of Spotlight Enterprise. Good news…it comes with a 30-day evaluation license key! Spotlight is fully functional (not limited trial functionality). It simply expires after the 30 days. There are a couple…

  • Don’t let Cyber Monday turn into Cyber Doomsday for your business

    Online sales on Cyber Monday have exceeded 3 billion dollars in the past couple of years. This trend is not likely to reverse course. More of us are shopping online more regularly. We purchase items online, in part, because it is often more convenient…