I am the founder of a startup called Cotega and also a Microsoft employee where I work as a Program Manager. This is a series of posts where I talk about my experience building a startup outside of Microsoft. I do my best to take my Microsoft hat off and tell both the good parts and the bad parts I experienced using Azure.
It has been some time since I have posted an update, but the past few months have been quite busy. One of the things that I have been working on is a major update to the Cotega service. I heard a lot of feedback from people on the v1 version of Cotega and I think one of the biggest things I heard was in the area of ease-of-use. There are a lot of things that people want to be able to monitor for their database and I just made it too hard to add all of the things needed. So I decided to step back and try to come up with a new way to set up your database monitoring. Now, you simply point Cotega to your database, provide an email to send notifications and you are ready to go.
In addition, there is now a “Free” subscription that does not require a credit card and allows you to try out the service before making a commitment. The key difference between the Free plan and a paid one is that monitoring is only done once every 2 hours (as opposed to every 10 min for a paid account). In additions paid accounts will send email notifications when database issues occur.