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NiCE zLinux MP for Microsoft SCOM

Understand and manage your zLinux environment like an ecosystem that is constantly changing in terms of physical design, transactions, and memory. Monitoring helps you maintain the balance at any given time to ensure the best possible performance.

Solution

Linux on System z is the universal term for the Linux operating system that was compiled to run on IBM mainframe. The system has gone through a number of name changes over the years. As such, it is also known as System/390 or zSeries.

Linux on System z has been available since 1999 and has gained widespread acceptance over the years (see details  https://dancingdinosaur.wordpress.com/tag/rhel/).
To deploy and run Linux on System z, virtualization is required. This is achieved through multi-layer virtualization using LPARs and z/VM. z/VM is used as the second layer virtualization within in LPARs to allow hundreds or thousands of virtual machines within a single physical system.

The NiCE zLinux MP is the first product of its class that provides monitoring of Linux distributions on the IBM System z platform using Microsoft System Center.

The MP leverages your existing investment so that you reduce costs, save time, and build efficiencies within your IT infrastructure.

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Features

The NiCE zLinux MP allows you to perform a multitude of functions that are critical in your role as system administrator.

It monitors Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server components such as processes, resources, and server agents.
The monitoring provided by this management pack includes availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds. You can integrate the monitoring of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server components into your service-oriented monitoring scenarios.

In addition to health monitoring capabilities, this management pack includes reports, diagnostics, tasks, and views that enable near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.

Single pane of glass
Monitor and manage your whole Linux on System Z server environment from a single point of reference. The zLinux MP helps you to manage your Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server computers as part of your System Center 2012 – Operations Manager infrastructure. This equates to efficiency and saving time and resources in the long run.

Precise on-time availability alerting
Through monitors that allow you to see your physical disk health and physical disk performance. Alerting is done precisely through a number of core monitors. The zLinux MP provides separate availability monitors that show the physical disk health and performance states and sends alerts for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Physical Disk instances.

Scalable monitoring
Monitor and manage your whole environment from a single point of reference. This equates to efficiency and saving time and resources.

Advanced alerting
The zLinux MP allows you to do both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Linux servers. The MP’s key functionality is to alert you to problems with components such as agents and services so you can continuously monitor the servers and clients on which your business depends. The monitoring provided includes availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds. It integrates the monitoring of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server components into your service oriented monitoring scenarios.

Reporting
Once the zLinux MP is deployed you can make use of a set of zLinux Reports that graphically show the state of your environment. The MP include reports, diagnostics, tasks, and views that enable close to real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.

 

Sophisticated monitoring features:

Logical Disk Health
Availability and performance monitoring for Logical Disk (File System) instances

Network Adapter Health
Availability and performance monitoring for Network Adapter instances

Operating System Health
Availability and performance monitoring for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Operating System instances

Processor Health
Availability and performance monitoring for Processor instances

Capabilities

Availability of an IBM System z is typically not an area of concern, however, performance monitoring is key. In IBM System z environments processing time is costly and measured in work units. A CPU hog on any zLinux server can become expensive.

As zLinux servers typically run business critical workloads, response time availability of such applications is often business critical. Under provisioned zLinux servers will react slowly on queries from business applications which can cause undesired end user or processing delays.

The NiCE zLinux MP is a sophisticated management pack that was designed to fully integrate into Microsoft SCOM. The management pack collects the detailed data that you need from your zLinux server allowing you to monitor your system without affecting or impacting its overall performance.

Seamless SCOM integration
The NiCE zLinux MP is seamlessly integrated into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. System administrators do not need to install or configure additional server, proxies or connectors to pinpoint root causes to solve issues easily, quickly, and efficiently. No additional software needs to be installed on the Management server or proxy.

Proactive and reactive monitoring
The NiCE zLinux MP provides both proactive and reactive monitoring for the zLinux server on the support platform (see product support details). It monitors Linux Server components such as processes, resources and server agents.

Identify problems fast
The NiCE zLinux MP increases the productivity, providing tools to identify problems quickly and take corrective action to avoid costly downtime. Built-in features like SCOM “Diagnostic Tasks” help the IT administrator and the operator to troubleshoot more efficiently.

Comprehensive monitoring capabilities
Monitoring is not only limited to availability. It includes extensive performance data collection. Besides monitoring of configuration changes, all monitors that are used for alerting, use a best practice set of default thresholds.
The NiCE zLinux MP also enables the use of all Linux Center reports, diagnostics tasks, view and task. In conjunction with the scenarios mentioned below, it provides a 360 degree monitoring solution that allows near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.

High Availability for Monitoring
System availability is a key discipline of managing your IT ecosystem. The last thing you want, is an incomplete SLA report due to monitoring failure. The NiCE zLinux MP architecture allows no single point of failure if multiple Management Servers are part of the Management Group.

 

Benefits

Improve zLinux server uptime due to the fact that Linux on System z gives you the flexibility of running Linux with the advantages of mainframe hardware, it is important to maintain good server uptime. Improved server uptime will in turn increases productivity and reduces work disruption.

Work more proficiently with the same resources because our zLinux management pack provides you with a comprehensive monitoring solution.

Identify problems with pinpoint accuracy because you will be able to pinpoint the source of problems and resolve issues quicker

Reduce the operational cost of your application monitoring while still delivering results and maintaining the health of your zLinux server.

 

Requirements

  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Server 6 on IBM System z (s390x architecture)

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