When you can diagnose SQL Server performance issues quickly and accurately, ensuring a healthy database infrastructure is not just possible, but easy. Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise delivers simplicity without compromise by providing unmatched monitoring, diagnosis and optimization of your SQL Server environments, ensuring peak performance around the clock. With intuitive overviews of enterprise health and performance, automated alerts and actions, an integrated Xpert tuning module and mobile device support, Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise makes it easier than ever to obtain the data you need to ensure the health of your SQL Server databases.
- 24 x 7 monitoring and diagnostics
- Implement around the clock agentless monitoring from one centralized diagnostic server. Enjoy a single view across multiple clients with alarms and notifications when your SQL Server deviates from your pre-set operating thresholds
- Instant prioritization across all SQL Servers
- Use a single view (Heatmap) for instant prioritization of critical needs. Allocate resources in the most effective manner and react to the most pressing issues to minimize business disruption
- Response time analysis
- Use our dedicated response time analysis workflow to determine where waits are occurring, what’s causing the event and what SQL is associated with the wait. Combine this with unique perspectives that come from benchmarking against billions of wait statistics to determine whether the behaviour on your instance is normal
- A complete picture
- Monitor everything that affects your SQL Server performance including SQL Server itself, the underlying operating system, its VM Layer, SQL Azure, High Availability, Replication and Analysis Services – all available in one package for one price
- Effective root cause analysis
- Avoid the pitfall of addressing just the symptoms. Use individual dashboards for each connection type, over 80 diagnostics views, long term performance analytics, performance and system healthchecks and collective Intelligence to lead to the root cause of your performance issues
- Historical playback
- Navigate through up to two weeks of performance diagnostics and alarm data to resolve recent performance issues from any Spotlight management screen
- Mobile device support
- Never lose sight of your SQL Server health with alerts and notifications delivered to an app build specifically for your IOS, Android or Windows mobile device
- Historical playback
- Never miss a beat with historical playback to ensure that when something happens when you are not at your workstation, you can playback to that point in time and reconfigure all of your dashboards and diagnostics as if you were observing the incident happen in real time. Pinpoint critical SQL statements based on index utilization, resource consumption, or query efficiency and review run-time query plans
- VMware memory diagnostics
- Analyse virtual memory with charts that are similar to those used for virtual CPU analysis
- High-availability support
- Get in-depth information on your SQL Server clusters, replication, database mirroring, and log-shipping activities and environments
- Custom performance counters, custom alarm actions and planned outage
- Track and alarm on service level-specific processes as though they were metric counters, to proactively handle performance issues. Use customized alarm actions to kick off a SQL or Powershell script for known issues. Use planned outage to define maintenance down time where alarms should not be raised
- Custom reporting and trending
- Understand health, activity, and capacity trends of your SQL Server environment with management and performance views, client-side reports, and the Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Report Pack
- SQL analysis and Xpert tuning
- Highlight long-running queries and bad code, then tune. Benchmark, and investigate indexing strategies through integration with Dell™ SQL Optimizer for SQL Server (comes with Spotlight on SQL Server Xpert Edition)
- Spotlight statistics repository
- Configure long-term metric data storage for historical trending and capacity planning initiatives
- Deadlock detection and review
- Gain full visibility of deadlock events and the conditions that caused them
- Windows-only connections views
- Add Windows-only connections to Spotlight views
- System healthcheck with powerful analytics
- Obtain a holistic view of the health of your system with the free healthcheck tool and compare your experience with other users, then drill down and view detail at a granular level. Access reports via the instance and database lists and receive trigger notifications in your account inbox
- Detailed trending of most expensive queries
- Display the top ten most expensive queries, by totals and averages of reads, writes, duration or CPU, then filter results to provide a detail page containing a trending chart, full query, and the latest execution plan (downloadable as XML)
Before installing the Spotlight client, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:
|Platform||1 GHz Processor|
|Memory||1 GB RAM recommended|
|Hard disk space||200 MB|
This space should exist on a local disk drive rather than a network drive
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
|Other requirements||CD-ROM drive or Internet connection (required for installation only).|
A monitor capable of supporting a resolution of 1280 x1024 or greater
Before installing the Diagnostic Server, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:
|Platform||2 GHz Dual Core Processor|
|Memory||4 GB RAM|
|Hard disk space||300 MB|
If the Diagnostic Server’s connection to the Spotlight Statistics Repository or playback database is interrupted, the Diagnostic Server will cache data to the local disk. In this event, an extra 2 MB per hour, per monitored server is required.
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later (32-bit and 64-bit)|
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
|Additional software||.NET 3.5 or later must be installed on the Diagnostic Server machine.|
|SQL Server Client Tools|
To use the Discovery Wizard to locate SQL Servers on your network the SQL Server Client Tools must be installed on the Diagnostic Server. The SQL Server Client Tools are on the installation disk for Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005, and 2008.
To use Spotlight on Analysis Services the Client Connectivity tools must be installed.
|SQL Server Management Tools|
To use Spotlight on Analysis Services, Spotlight on SQL Server Replication, and Session Trace and SQL Analysis in Spotlight on SQL Server, SQL Server Management Tools must be installed on the Diagnostic Server.
The SQL Server Management Tools are available from any SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 edition except SQL Server Express and SQL Server Compact. The version required corresponds to the latest version of SQL Server that you are monitoring. Note, if you are monitoring SQL Server 2000 servers, you need the Management Tools from SQL Server 2005.
|SQL Server||Spotlight can diagnose SQL Server instances of the following versions:
Spotlight cannot diagnose earlier versions of SQL Server (version 7.x and earlier).
Spotlight supports all SQL Server sort orders, including case-sensitive and binary sort orders. Spotlight cannot connect to SQL Server instances where the instance name contains non-US ASCII characters.
|Database Cloud service||Spotlight supports SQL Azure.|
|Operating systems||Spotlight can diagnose the following operating systems:
|Virtualization||Spotlight on SQL Server can monitor virtual guest machines in a VMware ESX infrastructure. The following versions are supported:
|Connection limit||This version of Spotlight on SQL Server is designed to monitor a maximum of 200 connections per diagnostic server in a 64 bit environment. A connection can include a SQL Server, Analysis Services, Azure connection, Replication instances or Windows servers. Monitoring more than this recommended limit may result in poor performance or product instability.|
Spotlight Statistics Repository
Before installing the Spotlight Statistics Repository, ensure your system meets the following minimum requirements:
|Database sizing||By default, the size of the Spotlight Statistics Repository is set to 1000MB (data size) and 250MB (log size). These sizes are flexible and can be changed by running the Spotlight Statistics Repository creation script.|
The script is located in the install directory as follows:
|Hard disk space||Approximately 1.2 GB for each monitored SQL Server instance and the corresponding monitored Windows host on which the SQL Server instance resides. This estimate assumes default configuration in an average environment. Actual space used will depend on your environment and any data collection/storage configuration changes that are made. For more information, see the Spotlight on SQL Server Sizing Wizard. You can access the wizard from the Spotlight Installation Center. To use Spotlight Reporting and Trending, it is recommended that the Spotlight Statistics Repository is installed on SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2012.|
|Recommended SQL Server version||Installing the Spotlight Statistics Repository on SQL Server 2000 can result in errors being displayed and no data being shown in some views. Installing the Spotlight Statistics Repository on SQL Server 2000 is not recommended.|
Note: Due to the size of the Spotlight Statistics Repository, it is recommended that this database is not installed on a SQL Express instance.
The SQL Browser service must be running on the machine where the Spotlight Statistics Repository is installed. Alternatively you can use the host and port number of the (named) SQL Server instance you want to connect to, when creating a connection and connecting to the Spotlight Statistics Repository.
The TCP protocol must be enabled on the instance where the Spotlight Statistics Repository resides.
For more information, see the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide
|Maintenance||It is highly recommended that regular maintenance is performed on the Spotlight Statistics Repository. The recommended maintenance plan is outlined in the online help and in the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide.|
Before installing the playback database, ensure your system meets the following minimum requirements:
|Database sizing||By default, the size of the playback database is set to 500MB (data size) and 125MB (log size).|
|Hard disk space|
Requires approximately 270 MB for each monitored SQL Server instance and the corresponding monitored Windows host on which the SQL Server instance resides.
Retains 7 days of historical data for each connection in the playback database by default. This is configurable.
Assumes default configuration in an average environment. Actual space used will depend on your environment and any data collection/storage configuration changes that are made. For more information see the Spotlight on SQL Server Sizing Wizard. You can access the wizard from the Spotlight Installation Center
|Recommended SQL Server version||Due to the size of the playback database, it is recommended that this database is not installed on a SQL Express instance.|
The SQL Browser service must be running on the machine where the playback database is installed. Alternatively you can use the host and port number of the (named) SQL Server instance you want to connect to, when creating a connection and connecting to the playback database.
The TCP protocol must be enabled on the instance where the playback database resides.
|Maintenance||It is highly recommended that regular maintenance is performed on the playback database. The recommended maintenance plan is outlined in the online help and in the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide.|
Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise videos
- Response Time Analysis - Use Spotlight to analyse whether database time is being spent productively on CPU and I/O. A database with unhealthy performance spends too much time waiting for bottlenecks such as locks and latches. Use the new Statement Waits Drilldown to determine the area contributing to wait time workload
- Planned Outages - Let Spotlight know the scheduled maintenance times for your Spotlight connections and Spotlight will expect the monitored connections to be unavailable at the scheduled times. This allows you to manage planned outages, schedule once only and reoccurring outages and resume monitoring early
- Support for SQL Server 2014 - Spotlight now monitors SQL Server 2014 instances