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Using SiteScope to monitor VMware Infrastructures (free webinar)

Virtualization is a hot topic for all our customers. In every customer meeting, we discuss their virtualization plans and how to make sure they are monitoring the virtual infrastructure using the same tools they use to monitor the physical infrastructure. In this blog, I have discussed how to use Operations Manager to monitor virtual environments, (or search on the tags on the right navigation for more on virtualization). This post, written by Amy Feldman, promotes an upcoming webinar on how to use SiteScope to monitor virtual environments.
- Peter

One common question that many of HP SiteScope user's has is around best practices for VMware monitoring with SiteScope.  HP and Genilogix will be delivering a joint webinar that will address topics such as:

-        Challenges of monitoring applications in a virtual environment
-        How to monitor host and guest virtual machines with SiteScope 10.1
-        Tips and tricks for capturing the right monitoring data (e.g. what to look for and where)
-        Correlating metrics to identify performance issues on host ESX and guest VMs
-        Turning monitoring data into actionable results with performance tuning
-        Creating and deploying VMware templates in SiteScope 10.1

Join us for the "Using HP SiteScope to Monitor VMware Infrastructures" webinar

Date:  Thursday August 27, 2009

Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Register now:

For HP Business Availability Center, Amy Feldman.


Innovation Week Part 6 - End-User Monitoring

When I hear about innovation, I think about a breakthrough product or a significant update in functionality. In marketing parlance, this means a new version number 8.x to 9.x, or maybe a major “dot” release 9.0 to 9.1. So, when my colleague Amy Feldman in Business Availability Center told me about big innovations in Real User Monitoring (RUM) version 8.02, I was obviously skeptical.

First, how does RUM relate to managing IT infrastructure? The VP of Operations is tasked with providing users an optimal level of performance and availability for the business services they consume. So, assessing these metrics from the end-user standpoint is critical for maintaining service level objectives.

HP offers two ways to do this: real user monitoring and synthetic user monitoring. The former monitors actual user performance while the later simulates user sessions from different geographies. Pulling alerts from these tools into your event console gives you early warning of end-user experience issues. In an era of cost reduction, this shifts monitoring to relatively inexpensive automated systems from the most expensive monitoring tools known - your customers calling to report problems or “fixing” their negative experience by taking their business elsewhere.

So, what is new and exciting in RUM 8.02?

  • The HP RUM probe is now supported on Windows and Linux Redhat5 64-bit. 

  • RUM now supports detailed transaction analysis for 7 different protocols including MsSQL, LDAP, MySQL, IMAP, POP3, SMTP, FTP and increased insights into non-web based applications.

  • Supports larger SiteScope deployments – increased monitor capacity per server (up to 16,000 monitors), simplified mass template deployment, easier way to manage SSL certificates, and other usability enhancements.

  • Expanded SiteScope monitor coverage – new platform support (NonStop, SolarisZones), added versions and new solutions templates allows you to expand SiteScope monitoring into new environments.

  • Expanded support for Business Process Monitor (BPM) – now supports VuGen 9.5 and Windows Vista.

  • BAC dashboard integrations
    1. Netuitive integration: enables integrating Netuitive predictive alerts into the BAC dashboard
    2. iPhone integration: enables viewing real-time status of applications and business services, via dashboard, directly on the iPhone

RUM screen

Not bad for a “minor” version.

For Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


Innovation Week Part 3 - SiteScope 10.1 Preview

For agentless monitoring, the upcoming version of SiteScope, version 10.1 continues with our theme of innovation. As with OMU 9.0 , most of the changes are incremental, incorporating suggestions from the installed base. Here are some of the new feature highlights.

• Capacity improvement - R&D was able to cut the server memory consumption by half. This allows a single SiteScope server to run up to 16,000 monitors.
• Mass deployment of templates through CSV files – simple and intuitive way to deploy thousands of new monitors with a single action.
• New Certificate Management screen – friendly UI for managing your SSL certificates. Gone are the days when you need to run the Java command line keytool for monitoring VMWare ESX servers.
• New supported technologies: HP NonStop, Solaris Zones
• Updated technologies including WebSphere AppServer 7.0 & MQ 7.0, VMWare ESXi, Oracle DB 11 ,MSSQL 2008, DB2 9.x…
• Improved Windows connection via WMI
• New solution templates for HP Quality Center and HP Service Manager

SiteScope UI

To learn more and see a demo of the latest SiteScope, attend the Introducing SiteScope v10.1webinar on July 23, 2009 (9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT / 18:00 CET).

For Business Availability Center <>, Amy Feldman.

SiteScope at HP Software Universe

There is only one week until HP Software Universe in Las Vegas and I can hardly wait. We have lots of amazing track sessions, demo exhibits, roundtable sessions and an overall great opportunity to network with other people excited about HP Software. If you are a SiteScope user,  have we got some things for you to see while at the event.

Stop by the showcase to see a demo of the newest SiteScope release featuring updated navigation and administration tools that will simplify frequently performed tasks, and help manage large-scale deployments. You can also see how we've improved and added new integrations with HP Operations Manager and HP Diagnostics.

Attend session 1114 "Confessions of a product manager" to get the real scoop on SiteScope and BAC. Session is on Tuesday June 16 1:30-2:30.

Attend session 1319 “Leveraging Agent and Agentless Monitoring to lower TCO” to see some examples of how customers use SiteScope with Operations Manager to reduce the cost of monitoring their IT infrastructure.

Sign up for a Roundtable session and talk with product experts and other IT professional regarding HP SiteScope located in the Lido 3105 room

Visit the Genilogix exhibit to learn more about the HP SiteScope Virtual appliance. This new virtual appliance will help you to accelerate the deployment of SiteScope servers in your environment. Genilogix will be handing out a limited number of thumb drives with trial versions of the HP SiteScope virtual appliance.
Refer to the HP Software Universe 2009 website to learn more about sessions, exhibits, roundtables and other HPSU activities. If you are not going to the event stay tune to this blog for daily updates during the week of HPSU or follow us on twitter #HPSU09.

For SiteScope, Amy Feldman

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