Business Service Management (BAC/BSM/APM/NNM)
More than everything monitoring, BSM provides the means to determine how IT impacts the bottom line. Its purpose and main benefit is to ensure that IT Operations are able to reactively and proactively determine where they should be spending their time to best impact the business. This covers event management to solve immediate issues, resource allocation and through reporting performance based on the data of applications, infrastructure, networks and from third-party platforms. BSM includes powerful analytics that gives IT the means to prepare, predict and pinpoint by learning behavior and analyzing IT data forward and backwards in time using Big Data Analytics applied to IT Operations.

HP and Microsoft, how does this help me manage my IT environment?

by Michael Procopio



 HP and Microsoft recently made a joint announcement, saying they intend to invest $250 million over the next three years to significantly simplify technology environments for customers.


 It included many parts of the HP Enterprise Business products. But, what does this really mean to customers who use HP Software & Solutions products?


This was a huge announcement in terms of the number of different parts. The clearest write-up I have seen covering the whole announcement is on a TechNet blog.


Indeed, a portion of this announcement was to say ‘these two companies are writing a $250M check to fund additional R&D on joint solutions.’ I’m guessing that means some smart folks got together and realized that expanding the long-standing relationship between the two companies would have an extremely positive impact for customers.


I have seen a number of blog posts that don’t seem to ‘get’ the value in the announcement. However, Jim Frey, in aNetwork World blog post, seems to understand what we are trying to accomplish. He wrote:


“The result could just be the most complete story for Cloud that we have seen to date. It includes hypervisor technology that IBM does not. It addresses the application software that VCE does not. And, it includes the infrastructure technologies that Oracle does not.”


So here’s what I think the announcement means to HP Software & Solutions customers.


In a sentence


HP and Microsoft are working together to make infrastructure management and application management better—whether it is physical or virtual (including Hyper-V) with new integrations between software products.


Details


1/ HP Business Service Management (BSM) will collaborate with HP Insight Software (from HP’s Enterprise Server group) and Microsoft (System Center) to provide integrated and interoperable virtualization and management solutions to reduce complexity in the datacenter.


Note: HP Insight Software provides hardware level and remote management for HP hardware. It also provides control of your Windows, HP-UX, Linux, OpenVMS and NonStop environments.


It means: if you have a multi-OS/hypervisor environment, including Windows you get an integrated solution to monitor and manage your servers.


2/ HP will work with Microsoft to provide bi-directional integrations between HP Business Service Management and Microsoft System Center for enterprise systems and application monitoring. 


It means: if you have a multi-OS/hypervisor environment, including Windows you get a heterogeneous solution to monitor and manage servers, the software on them and end-user performance. HP Software has HP Operation Manager including HP SiteScope for server management and HP BPM and HP RUM modules of HP BAC for end user management.


3/ In addition, we will develop bi-directional integrations between HP Business Service Automation (BSA) and Microsoft System Center for OS, application provisioning and compliance management.


It means: if you have a multi-OS/hypervisor environment, including Windows you get a heterogeneous solution for configuration and compliance (checks that servers are configured per your policies) management.


4/ For the SMB market (defined as customers with 50 servers or less), there will be “Virtualization Smart bundles” with prepackaged elements of HP Operation Center.


It means: Virtualization solutions are easier to buy and deploy since it is in one bundled package. There is a separate document on “Virtualization Smart bundles.”


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Announcing the new HP Saas Portal

We are excited to announce the launch of the exciting new HP SaaS Portal at http://saas.hp.com  !!!


The new streamlined interface gives you new visibility into a range of products and solutions offered by HP Software in the SaaS delivery model.



On the Saas Portal, you will find rich collateral which will help you understand the our rich Saas offerings. You will find




  • Product Pages: Each product page has the wealth of material about its delivery in SaaS environment, white papers, webinars and Solution Briefs.


  • HP SaaS eBookhttps://saas.hp.com/site/portal/ebooks/hpsaas/index.html

  • Trials: We’ve simplified our trial registration to provide you with an easier way to register for trials.

  • News and Events: We have created a space to share the latest news from HP Software and Services with HP SaaS community.



At a time when IT budgets and resources are stretched, it’s easy to perceive that the monitoring of business applications is not mission critical. However, performance and availability monitoring tools systemize KPIs through the use of scorecards and dashboards, which enable business owners to align IT performance to business outcomes. This alignment is indeed critical to an organization’s ability to sustain and grow their business.



There exists a false perception that this monitoring requires significant investment in money and resources with an often delayed-time-to-value.  With HP Software-as-a-Service you can achieve your application performance monitoring goals without the business risk of a perpetual capital investment. HP SaaS is responsible for the entire software lifecycle so implementation risks are greatly reduced which enables your IT resources to focus on their core competencies. Start gaining immediate value and adoption from HP SaaS!



To learn more about our performance and availability offering, please visit us at http://hp.com/go/bac



To read more about the benefits you stand to gain from the HP SaaS Application Performance Management (APM) offering, please visit us at: https://saas.hp.com/site/html/bac.mss   



We have much more planned for SaaS Portal. We’ll keep you posted as these developments are launched on the site. In the meantime, please feel free to provide us feedback through the site feedback link.



Thanks,


Aruna Ravichandran
Group Product Marketing Manager,
Business Availability Center (Application Performance Management)


aru@hp.com

HP Software Universe 2009 Hamburg Day 2

by Michael Procopio


Just over 3200 attendees at the show this year.


Each of the last eight years at the European Universe, Ulrich Pfeiffer, CTO for IT Management in EMEA creates a Live in Action demo showcasing the fictitious Full Throttle Company (FTC) on mainstage. Live in Action is a demonstration of HP Software integrated into a complete solution.


 



Ulrich Pfeiffer


 


This year, the Live in Action team recalled Hamburg of the early 1960s when this German city gave the Beatles a start before the group became a mainstream sensation. The demo featured the HP Performance Optimized Datacenter (“POD”), a datacenter in a container, along with music by the re-Beatles band and an on-stage yellow submarine in a disaster recovery scenario involving a flooded datacenter.


The POD is a standard container completely fitted with servers, storage and HVAC. You can see the POD demo here.


BTO (Business Technology Optimization) solutions demoed live on stage showed capabilities in three areas: 1) business and disaster recovery; 2) service recovery and web security; and 3) business improvements to avoid service disruptions and enhance capacity via virtualization management.


Disaster recovery highlighted HP Operations Orchestration configuring the POD to the state of the original datacenter.


Web security started with finding the problem using End User Monitoring, HP SiteScope and HP Problem Isolation. The problem was a hacked web site. The knowledge base in HP Service Manager (SM) which was populated during QA testing by HP Quality Center has the solution to the problem.   QA had not originally done security testing on every release but it is now added to their plan in HP Quality Center (QC) to run HP Security Center.


HP WebInspect, was run directly from SM. The test failed and WebInspect automatically created a ticket in SM for the QA team.  Once the QC test passes the SM ticket is automatically closed.


The website having the problem was supporting a reseller using a configuration utility to order Snowmobiles, a new business line for FTC. When Ulrich, playing CIO for FTC, called the reseller to tell him service was restored the reseller claimed his SLA (Service Level Agreement) was violated and would not pay. Ulrich brought up HP Service Level Manager to show that while any further downtime would violate the SLA, it was currently in tact.


Now that the problems is solved the infrastructure manager looks to see how the failure happened and what can be done to prevent it in the future.


They review the infrastructure using HP Asset Manager and Operations Manager Virtualization Smart Plug-in, both now running on Linux. The CIO wants this Virtualization data to show up in his 360 degree dashboard and it does.


It is much more fun to watch and it was video recorded which will be up after the holidays.


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Operations: application performance sucks, what do I do now?

by Michael Procopio


In my IT days (it has been a while) as still happens today this is the question many have asked. It’s more complicated today, applications are more distributed now. However, you still have to go through the triage process. The topic these days is named “Application Performance Management” or APM.


APM has two parts, the traditional looking at infrastructure resources and measuring performance from the end user perspective.


You probably detected this problem in one of two ways. You are ahead of the curve and have end user monitoring in place or the user called the help desk to complain.


A typical web based application today uses a web server, application server and a backend, typically a database. Though the backend might actually have multiple parts if service oriented architecture, (SOA) is used. Good news, Operations Manager, agent based, and SiteScope, agentless, will provide status on condition of those servers.


These tools can also look at how packaged applications are doing on the server. Oracle, WebSphere, MS Exchange, MS Active Directory, to name a few, can be monitored by either Operations Agents or have SiteScope templates (a SiteScope template is a prepackaged set of monitors). These tools might point to something as detailed as database locks being far higher than normal and beyond the current setting on the database. A quick parameter change might fix this.


Next, we have the code. We hope this isn’t the case because this typically moves the problem from operations to development. However, Operations is still responsible for pinpointing the problem area. This is typically the domain of application support and in some organizations that’s inside Operations, in others a different group.


Here Business Transaction Management (BTM) tools can help. BTM manages from a transaction point of view. BTM includes transaction tracing. TransactionVision and Diagnostics work in a complimentary fashion to give you the next level of detail although each is usable separately. TransactionVision traces individual critical transactions (as you define them) through multiple servers; it gives you information on a specific transaction including the value of the transaction.


Diagnostics provides aggregate information on all transactions in a composite application giving you timing information. It can pinpoint:


· where time is spent in an application; either processing data or waiting for a response from another part of the application.


· the slowest layers.


· the slowest server requests which are the application entry points.


· outliers to help diagnose intermittent problems.


· threads that may be contributing to performance issues.


· memory problems and garbage collection issues.


· the fastest growing and largest size collections.


· leaking objects, object growth trends, object instance counts, and the byte size for objects.


· the slowest SQL query and report query information.


· exception counts and trace information which often go undetected.


TransactionVision and Diagnostics also integrate with Business Availability Center, which means you can start with a topology view and drill all the way down to find the status of the most valuable transaction running through you systems.


You can manage what you can’t measure. So what do I do now? If you are properly instrumented the problem will show itself. If you don’t find something you can fix, you can tell the app developers where they need to look to fix the problem.


   


Related Items:


· End User Monitoring


· Operations Manager


· SiteScope


· SiteScope Administrator Forum


· TransactionVision


· Diagnostics


· Business Availability Center





The Cloud and your Applications: What is the Impact on Application Management? (Free Webinar)

The Cloud and your Applications:  What is the Impact on Application Management? (Free webinar)


Are your applications doing what they are suppose to be doing?  Can you confidently answer the question, are you cloud assure when it comes to your critical business applications?  Cloud computing, tiered applications, Software as a Service (SaaS) – all add complexity and make that question more difficult to answer.

Customers are finding more business service problems. The result: customer satisfaction and retention is at risk. The good news is that despite declining budgets, you can reduce downtime, increase service levels, and improve user experience quality. 


Hear EMA Research Director Julie Craig share the early results of a recent market research survey.  You’ll also hear from HP Product Marketing Manager Amy Feldman, who will share customer best practices and success stories.


Date:  Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Time:  6am PST/9am EST/2pm UK


Learn how you can become more cloud confident by registering for this free webinar at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php?id=1593


Thanks


Amy Feldman


Product Marketing - HP Business Availability Cente
HP Software and Solutions 


 

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  • Doug is a subject matter expert for network and system performance management. With an engineering career spanning 25 years at HP, Doug has worked in R&D, support, and technical marketing positions, and is an ambassador for quality and the customer interest.
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  • Ron Koren is a subject matter expert for BSM / APM, currently in the Demo Solutions Group acting as a Senior Architect. Ron has over fourteen years of technology experience, and a proven track record in providing exceptional customer service. Ron began his career in R&D as a software engineer, and later as a team manager. Ron joined HP software in 2007 as an engineer in the Customer-Oriented R&D team. Prior to joining HP, Ron held a leadership development role at Israel’s largest bank. Ron holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Israel.
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