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The description shown below is the top answer as voted by the Spotlight community.

The charts are based on 2.1 TB of data collected from 4207 instances uploaded by 323 Spotlight users over an 8 week period.


Category: Idle
SQL Server versions: 2000, 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

This is an idle wait and so it can be safely ignored.

What is WAITFOR?

1 Answer


Occurs as a result of a WAITFOR Transact-SQL statement. The duration of the wait is determined by the parameters to the statement. This is a user-initiated wait. Information from Microsoft®

Very rare

This wait never occurs for most instances

For each of 4207 instances, we ranked WAITFOR on how frequent it is compared to all other recent waits. The chart shows the total of all rankings.

Prevalence of WAITFOR across the Spotlight Population

For 38 % of hours with this wait, average wait time is less than 1.6 seconds

For each instance, we found all the recent hours when it had a WAITFOR wait. We found the average latency for each of those hours.

224 instances contributed data to this chart

Latency Distribution of WAITFOR across the Spotlight Population