Custom Cartridge solutions that enhance Foglight
Lightspeed PM is a producer of the highest quality software solutions for extending the capabilities inside Foglight. Our years of experience as the delivery arm for Quest Professional Services Organization has provided us with insight into the enhancements that Foglight customers want and need.
Our solutions conform to a common design methodology to ensure consistency and reliability, and leverage clustering to allow maximum flexibility directly in the Foglight GUI. Explore the tabs below for more information.
Many of our Customers want a solution to integrate to other products. Our most common request is Service Now, where we seamlessly integrate to send alarms and open ticket using the REST API. Our team frequently creates new integrations for products based on their defined use-case, and can do this for you.
We also have a standard set of integrations that customers can choose from:
FOGLIGHT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT
We’ve designed and built a set of 3 different LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT cartridges for the busy Foglight Administrator. These tools simplify management, reduce time and complexity for administration, and ensure all aspects of your Foglight environment are synchronized and performing optimally.
It's what Foglight Administrators all over the world have been asking for and dreaming of!!!
AUTO-DEPLOY/UN-DEPLOY FOR FOGLIGHT COMPONENTS
Here we provide solutions to the everyday problems of managing deployment and loads, such as:
Keeping your Foglight Management Servers (FMS) in sync with existing infrastructure monitoring needs
Automating Deployment of agents correctly every time to monitor new systems
Capable of listening with an open API for an input to trigger the addition or removal of an Agent
Capable of reading in changes from files or databases leveraging a pre-defined but flexible format
○ CSV, JSON
Automating removal of agents from monitoring when severs are decommissioned
Removing History and Topology information that’s no longer needed
Managing load on the FMS to prevent overload
Pooled resources are managed using a database of installed components
Managing the load Foglight Agent Managers (FglAM)
○ Preventing overload
○ Organizing by agent type
This solution ensures your monitoring system will be organized, well balanced, and run more smoothly and reliably.
AUTO-MAINTENANCE FOR FOGLIGHT
Reduce your worries, workload, and performance issues, and eliminate reoccurring challenges by automatically maintaining your Foglight Management Servers. Auto-Maintenance gives you the power to resolve common problems without having to lift a finger. Functions included are:
Agent Monitoring actively watches for and alerts you if an agent fails due to any of these conditions:
Data Collection not started
Inactive or Stale Agents
Zombie Agents – looks like it is working but it isn’t
Foglight Agent Manager - High Availability not active
Alarms Management helps you keep your system clean by establishing a baseline and maintaining it;
Purge your excess alarms for better performance
Clear out old alarms so relevant alarms are visible
Configure settings with a sliding window for
○ Prioritizing the order to process alarms
Sends an alert when a problem reoccurs and cannot be automatically fixed after several attempts
Utilizes a built in Administration Component
Provides you with the ability to display or alert on Topology issues including
○ Dangling References
○ Stale objects
Ability to display dependencies
Maintains and displays logs on Credential validations
Provides visibility and control for Agents, Metrics, Registry Variables, Reports, Rules, Schedules, Secondary ASPs, and Thresholds
This solution can resolve the needs for periodic Health Checks and replaces the old manual process of scripting to track all these factors.
CENTRALIZED CONFIGURATION FOR FOGLIGHT
Centralized configuration generally focuses on our larger customer environments, with multiple Foglight Management Servers (FMS) installed, either in the same data center or in a distributed condition.
• Customers normally must touch every FMS individually to update rules and configurations.
Centralized Configuration makes it possible to perform many of the common activities one at a time and update all the others with a click of a button. Features include:
Configure one cluster, or many clusters
○ Allows you to control which servers are updated and which are not
Automatically sync changes from one FMS to all other servers in the cluster:
Provides an audit trail of all synchronized changes
○ Know what change happened on which FMS and when it happened
○ Perform discovery from any FMS
FOGLIGHT POWER PACKS
These Power Pack solutions are built based on common requests we’ve received for more accessible views and data from within Foglight. Each one provides the user with greater control and ability to access data in new and different ways.
This Cartridge for SQL and Performance Investigator (PI) puts pure POWER in your hands! Referred to sometimes by Quest as SQL PI Advanced, we give you access to data from both the analysis and monitoring details inside Foglight. We cracked the code to access the metrics you need and enable you to create highly customized dashboards with drag and drop simplicity. Our no-coding-required solution empowers users to quickly build what they envision without having to learn a new language just to get started.
Check out these 9 short videos that cover different areas inside the product, or for more information look at the Power Point deck below.
The Advanced Administration Cartridge is a multi-faceted solution designed around making the Foglight Administrator’s job easier to perform. Here are just a few of the key features:
Centralizes administration by enabling remote administration of all Foglight Management Servers
Provides templates for management to reduce the number of pages you visit for each action
Substantially enhances the Access Control model by allowing administrators to delegate permissions down to the rule level
Substantially enhances your ability to analyze the impacts alarms, rules, etc.
Allows the administrator to define an application by its components for better analysis, tracking, and impact on various tiers
Provides and enhances Applications Operations Console for easier analysis
Integrates easily with other custom solutions for a better overall experience
There are 3 different Alarm Export solutions available which enable access to Foglight Data for analyzing performance information in other systems.
The Alarm Export Bundle is a stackable model. Where most custom solutions each come with their own PSO Support agreement requirement, we allow customers to procure one, two, or all three solutions without increasing their Support Agreement costs. Our three Alarm Export solutions are individually viewable in the presentations below
Our Custom Agents are purpose built, based on common requests we’ve received from our customer. If the agents you need are not provided by Quest or not listed below, fear not! We have the tools, know-how, and experience to build a custom agent to meet your needs.
Custom Agent Bundle
This solution provides you four Agents for the price of one, enabling you to access data that is not available out of the box with Foglight:
Windows Perfmon Agent
Port Check Agent
See the Power Point below for more information
The name of this section says it all. We provide two different types of Log Monitor agents today, and can create others as desired by our Customers: