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.

An age old question: How do I manage thresholds? Part 1

Before my interest in application performance management, I previously worked on HP's Smart Plug-Ins for Operations Manager.  Having worked on the application SPIs for over 7 years, I continue to have an interest in system performance management and have had the pleasure these past 2 years to work on SiteScope and our APM solutions.  One question that commonly comes up is how to effectively manage threshold levels in my performance management product.  Managing thresholds is a problem that affects managing both system and applications.  I’ve seen about 3 different approaches various customers have used:


 


 


1.      Application knowledge –Many monitor templates come with out of the box with recommended thresholds for the monitor.  I spoke with one customer who was adjusting the threshold limit on the JVM memory utilization metric for one of his 5 different Java applications.  Based on the way the application was developed, he knew that the utilization was always at 98% memory utilization and therefore customized the template thresholds to only alarm when it was at 99% or higher.  This is not always true; many IT groups manage various applications and will not always have that kind of in-depth application knowledge.  Not to mention, how the application is developed is not always how it performs in production.


2.      Small scale deployment and testing – I’m sure many of you have experienced an event storm after deploying a set of metrics with thresholds that were either set too low or too high.  Some customers try to prevent event storms by testing the metric thresholds in a prototype environment before deploying in the production environment.  I’ve also seen customers deploy a small set of metrics at planned times so as not to generate a possible event storm.   


3.      Baselining – Many products are assisting IT admins with setting the right threshold for their environment by implementing baseline technologies.  Baselines can help you decrease false alerts, customize allowable deviations and establish separate thresholds to address usage based on demand or time of day.  This can also be referred to as adaptive thresholds that adjust based on similar baselining technologies. 


 


The second part of this blog series will go into product specific details regarding baselines.





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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.
  • Dan is a subject matter expert for BSM now working in a Technical Product Marketing role. Dan began his career in R&D as a devloper, and team manger. He most recently came from the team that created and delivered engaging technical training to HP pre-sales and Partners on BSM products/solutions. Dan is the co-inventor of 6 patents.
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  • Pranesh Ramachandran is a Software Engineer working in HP Software’s System Management & Virtualization Monitoring products’ team. He has experience of more than 7 years in this product line.
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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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