Leveraging DDM/UCDMB for Real Time Monitoring

As readers of this blog know, infrastructure management spans many IT domains. It covers the tactical (event correlation and centralized IT consoles) and strategic (virtualization and automation). We have some new HP bloggers that will be contributing to this forum to share their expertise. Today's guest post is from Ken Herold, Practice Manager - Data Center Operations & Automation at Milello Consulting.
- Sonja

 

I wanted to share with you a recent project I worked on for a hedge fund, as I think you will walk away with some tips and tricks for projects you may be working on now or in the future.   At a very high level, my company (Melillo Consulting) helped a hedge fund deploy capabilities that assisted in discovering custom-built applications on a real-time basis – in order to meet customer-specific requirements in a real time monitoring environment.  These capabilities were derived from products in HP’s BSM (Business Service Management) product portfolio, including HP Operations Manager, Discovery and Dependency Mapping (DDMa), uCMDB, and BAC/APM (Business Availability Center/Application Product Management).

 

The Hedge Fund’s Environment

Their trading system changed operational configurations every day, which is not uncommon in financial applications that involve trading.  The in-house, customer-developed trading system determined each trader’s access to the appropriate stock, bond, and currency markets.  Their application also routed these traders through multiple gateways to those exchanges to provide load balancing and a highly available connection. The customer had a requirement to monitor and visualize this complicated set of connections on any given day.   The expectation was that each trader would be provided a dashboard capable of showing their own view of the trading world and the health of all connections in real time.

 

The Solution – Collaboration amongst HP Operations Manager, DDMa, UCMDB, and BAC

Melillo Consulting put together a solution that included DDMa and UCMDB as the basis for the dynamic model, which was in turn used by Business Availability Center (BAC) for the operational health monitoring.  First, leveraging the flexibility of UCMDB’s model to allow for custom configuration items (CIs) and relationships, we created CI types that defined traders, gateways, exchanges, and other supporting items.  We then wrote a custom DDMa pattern to read the trading systems configuration files every morning and update the UCMDB with the day’s custom CIs and relationships.  These views were consumed by BAC to provide the real-time visualization of the overall system health.  HP Operations Manager provided the data feeds to BAC via EMS integration to indicate the component health, largely based on application specific metrics. 

 

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Achieved Benefits

The net result was that each trader could see their unique trading environment in a BAC dashboard that quickly gave them visual status on the health of all their potential exchanges and gateways.  This information was used to make timely decisions on the optimal route to make a trade for the best market response.  This was all made possible by the power of DDMa to provide extensible discovery beyond the out-of-box components and then its use with other HP products such as HP Operations Manager, uCMDB, and BAC.

 

Thanks for reading this blog post.  I hope you derived some valuable knowledge from it and feel free to send comments to Sonja Hickey if you have any further questions or comments about what we did for this hedge fund.  Ken Herold

 

For HP Operations Center, Sonja Hickey.

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Sonja is a Product Marketing Manager for the HP Software Operations Center portfolio of products. She has 19 years of product marketing, pro...
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