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.

Switching to Monitoring Automation: How to deploy monitoring configuration

In this article we will deploy OM agent infrastructure configuration with OMi using the Monitoring Automation (MA) component.

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In the first blog article Switching to Monitoring Automation: Get Ready we have installed, configured and setup Monitoring Automation. So if you have read this article you are now ready to do the next step.

 

OM-OMi: Dealing with Event Duplicates, effectively…

Should you be concerned about event duplicates in your Operations Manager (OM) or Operations Manager i (OMi) setup? What harm they could do, you may ask. Well, if you have a large environment with thousands of events coming into OM and OMi on a daily basis,  large duplicate counts can have some performance implications (believe me some customers have events with duplicate count running in 3 to 5 digits). But nothing to worry, our products provide enough configuration options to deal with it in an effective manner. Read on, if this is your concern area…

Switching to Monitoring Automation: Get Ready

Monitoring Automation (MA) is an extension to the Operations Bridge offering of Operations Manager i (OMi). It is able to fully automatically deploy the monitoring configuration for Operations Agents and SiteScope. MA is watching for any changes in the IT environment and necessary configuration tasks are automatically done. This helps to keep the IT elements compliant and business on track. With the availability of OMi 9.24 it is time to switch to MA and make use of all the new features.


In this blog article I will describe how to get ready for Monitoring Automation.

 

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Running a HP OMi proof-of-concept and other lessons from the road

I have been travelling in the US the last 20+ days visiting HP BSM customers. It was quite an experience. I learned that wool just  doesn’t cut it when it comes to these polar vortex winters, and I learned a lot technically from my customer visits while in the US during the last two weeks. My travels had me voyaging from warm Phoenix (AZ) and flying to frozen Buffalo (NY), and then travelling from Charlotte, NC to Sunnyvale, CA.

 

I invite you to keep reading to see the notes from my travels. –There is some technical stuff for the BSM software fans, as well as travel advice for those who reside in tropical climates but decide to travel to winter climate. 

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Bring your own code: How to simplify customizing event correlation software


code2.pngExtensibility and customization are key capabilities that every enterprise software should offer. As is so often the case, there is no one size fits all enterprise software solution, because your business process will always differ from any “standard”—that’s what gives you a competitive edge.

Leading event correlation and monitoring software will not force users to write code for simple customization. No coding is required to adjust most event correlation features to your needs. But what if you need even more customization? Is any complex coding required? Does the overall system become complex, or even worse, does it become fragile because of custom code that you inject?

“Build Your Own” integration for the HP Operations Bridge

DIYWith the popularity of Do-It-Yourself projects, you now have the opportunity to even personalize your HP Operations Bridge integration.

 

Keep reading to find out how you construct a custom integration that will meet your unique needs. 

Bridges on the Barcelona landscape making some famous brands really happy at HP Discover

Barcelona Bridge.pngIt’s always interesting to be in sunny places in the winter, and this week Barcelona has had lovely weather. There aren’t too many bridges in Barcelona, but one made a lot of people smile when they heard how the HP Operations Bridge is clearly taking cost our of IT and helping people keep businesses agile.

 

Continue reading to find out why so many people were smiling!

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Do you Hadoop? Very Vertica? Overly ORACLE ? Incredibly Infrastructure? Let HP OMi help out

Big Data platforms and infrastructure are becoming mission critical to business departments and users.

Even though they may have resilience, businesses will be upset if IT doesn't have its hands around the availability and performance of key components.

 

Continue reading to find out how HP OMi can help you monitor your Big Data.

HP OMi now includes Automation to simplify IT Monitoring

Today applications and servers are provisioned within minutes, don't you think monitoring should be too.

 

Imagine what you could accomplish if your monitoring software was easily deployed and super-charged with the power of automation. Keep reading to find out what it means for your enterprise.

OMi Webinar Questions and Answers

Whether you were  one of the 147 attendees to attend the webinar sessions "Event Correlation, 360 degree visibility and Intelligent Automation with HP OMi" Jan 22, 2013, or not I am sure you'll be interested to read the 4 or so questions and their answers

Labels: BSM| OMi

Consolidated event management challenges in large IT environments

Consolidating event management from IT Infrastructure monitoring makes a lot of sense, but without a structured approach it can cause just as many issues as it resolves. Let's take a look at some of the technologies and approaches which can help ensure that consolidating event management is a success.

2009 "What's New" tops the list of posts

 


by Michael Procopio


Happy New Year to everyone. The new year is a good time to reflect on the
previous year and look into the new year.


Thanks to all of you we have had 10s of thousands of view. A special thank
you to those who comment and help continue the conversation.



For the retrospective lets review the top 10 posts for 2009.



One
brand new product and two major enhancements to the BSM stack - Vienna HP
Software Universe 2008


HP
Business Availability Center 8.02 What's New


The
new Operations Manager i (OMi)


How
does BSM improve IT Operations' efficiency?


Announcing
Business Availability Center 8.0


BSM
customer evolution paths: Samples and observations
 – this is one of a series
on BSM evolution paths 


Not
true, IBM


BAC
8.03 release - what's new


RUM
the Real User Experience Manager


Webinar
- "The Cloud and Your Applications: What is the Impact on Application
Management"


Going forward the big news in HP Software and Solutions social media is our
upcoming online user community. You can be part of the founding, see the new
blog for the community -  
HP
Software Solutions Community - join Project Alpha!


As always, please let us know what you want to hear about. Hears to a great
2010.


 


photo by legalnonresident 


 

Fighting or friendly, Problem Isolation and OMi

by Michael Procopio


In the post  Event Correlation OMi TBEC and Problem Isolation What's the Difference, my fellow blogger, Jon Haworth, discussed the differences between TBEC and Problem Isolation. To be consistent, I'll use the acronyms PI for Problem Isolation and TBEC to refer to OMi (Operations Manager i series) Topology Based Event Correlation.


Briefly, he mentioned that TBEC works “bottom up”, that is starting from the infrastructure, with events. PI works “top down”, that is, starting from an end user experience problem, primarily with metric (time series) data.


Jon did an excellent job describing TBEC; I’ll do my best on PI because like Jon I have a conscience to settle.


Problem Isolation is a tool to:


1. automate the steps a troubleshooter would go through


2. run additional tests that might uncover the problem


3. look at all metric/performance data from the end user experience monitoring and all the infrastructure it depends


4. find the infrastructure metric the most closely matches the end user problem using behavior learning and regression analysis techniques (developed by HP Labs)


5. bring additional data such as events, help/service desk tickets and changes to the troubleshooter


6. allow the troubleshooter to execute Run books to potentially solve the problem


Potentially the biggest difference in the underlying technology is that Problem Isolation does not require any correlation rules or thresholds to be set for it to do the regression analysis to point to the problem. Like TBEC, it does require that an application be modeled in a CMDB.


An example: Presume a situation with a typical composite application - web server, application server and database. No infrastructure thresholds were violated; therefore, there are no infrastructure alerts. Again, as mentioned in the previous post, end user monitoring (EUM) is the back stop. EUM alerts on slow end user performance, now what?


Here is what Problem Isolation does:


1. determines which infrastructure elements (ITIL configurations items or CIs) support the transaction


2. reruns the test(s) that caused the alert – this validates it is not transient problem


3. runs any additional tests defined for the CIs


4. collects Service Level Agreement information


5. collects all available infrastructure performance metrics (web server, application server, database server and operating systems for each) and compares them to the EUM data using behavior and regression analysis



Problem Isolation screen show performance correlation between end user response and SQL Server database locks


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6. determines and displays the most probable suspect CI and alternates


7. displays run books available for all infrastructure CIs for the PI user to run directly from the tool


8. allows the PI user to attach all the information to a service ticket, either existing or create a new one


Another key differentiator of OMi/TBEC and PI is the target user. There is such a wide variance in how organizations work that it is hard to name the role but let me do a brief description and I think will be able to determine the title in your organization.


There are some folks in the organization whose job is to take a quick look (typically < 10 minutes, in one organization I interviewed < 1 minute) at a situation and determine if they have explicit instructions on what to do via scripts or run books. When they have no instructions for a situation they pass it on to someone who has a bit more experience and does some free form triage.


This person might be able to fix the problem or may have to pass it on to a subject matter expert, for example if they believe it is an MS Exchange problem to an Exchange admin. It is this second person that Problem Isolation is targeted at. This is helping automate her job, reducing what might take tens of minutes to hours and performing it in seconds. If it ends up she can’t solve the problem it automatically provides full documentation of all information collected. That alone might take someone five minutes to write-up.


OMi’s target is the operations bridge console user. Ops Bridge operators tend to be lower skilled and face hundreds if not thousands of events per hour. Jon described how OMi helps them work smarter.


TBEC and Problem Isolation both work to find the root cause of an incident but in different ways. Much like a doctor might use an MRI or CAT scan to diagnose a patient based on what the situation is, TBEC and Problem Isolation are complementary tools each with unique capabilities.


Problem Isolation will not find problems in redundant infrastructure that OMi will. Conversely, OMi can’t help with EUM problems when no events are triggered, where Problem Isolation will.


We know this can be a confusing area. We welcome your questions to help us do a better job of describing the difference. But these two are definitely friendly.


For Business Availability Center, Michael Procopio


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