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IBM PowerHA Cluster Monitoring

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NiCE PowerHA MP for Microsoft SCOM

Clusters are mainly used to overcome capacity shortages so your IT services stay in line with your service level agreements. Get alerts on impacted PowerHA components that are vital to your business. Prevent business losses by upfront actions on impacted systems.

Solution

Working with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) makes it easier for IT professionals to monitor the health and performance of your computer systems, but there is still a missing puzzle piece to complete the single interface view of SCOM, which facilitates the monitoring of databases, middleware and applications.

The NiCE PowerHA Management Pack (NiCE PowerHA MP) for SCOM is one of the pieces that you need as you work with System Center. It extends the view of SCOM to give you the holistic picture of servers & systems, and thus complete the enterprise scope for the administrator.

The sophisticated and intelligent Enterprise Ready management pack fully integrates into Microsoft SCOM  and continuously monitors the PowerHA (HACMP) infrastructure, identifying server problems before they affect applications and end users.

The management pack collects the detailed data that you need from your PowerHA environment using predefined event conditions and threshold monitors. It helps you to increase the IBM PowerHA (HACMP) server availability and performance and to lower the overall cost of maintaining your PowerHA (HACMP) environment. It enables you to perform service-oriented management as well as incident management in your PowerHA environment, while supporting your business critical processes.

NiCE management packs integrate seamlessly with SCOM. The PowerHA MP has an easy to deploy architecture that does not require additional servers, proxies, or appliances to be installed.

 

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Discovered PowerHA environment using the NiCE PowerHA MP

Features

Comprehensive PowerHA Discovery
IBM PowerHA consists of numerous objects like Nodes, Resources, Resource groups and AIX computers. Each object has its own properties like startup policies, service labels, logpaths and identifiers. In a large environment, oversight of important components is easily lost. The ‘out-of-the-box discover’ allows discovery of all PowerHA objects including an extensive list of properties for each object. Utilizing the OpsMgr class model, a full PowerHA inventory model is mapped out. With integrations to SC Service Manager this valuable information is also available with Microsoft System Center Service Manager.

IBM PowerHA Alerting
Incidents impacting high-available infrastructure components must be processed with high urgency. For this reason, the NiCE PowerHA MP includes a number of monitors and alert rules to provide immediate, comprehensive information on impacted components within your PowerHA environment. The NiCE PowerHA MP includes monitoring of 10 different cluster availability states including ‘joining’, ‘barrier’, ‘cbarrier’ and many others. Additionally, if an incorrect configuration is applied to a cluster, the NiCE PowerHA MP has the capability to raise the correct alert instead.
The detailed information given by the NiCE PowerHA MP drastically helps to understand issues and to reduce the mean time to recover.

Capabilities

Discovery
We understand that in an environment of ever increasing business demands, critical applications need to be available 24/7, with a fault tolerant system. However, fault tolerant systems are not cost effective. As such, there is a business need for a cost effective application which provides this functionality.

A high availability solution can ensure that:

• Failure of any component of the solution does not cause application and data unavailability

• A more efficiently running system

Failover Cluster Detection
In the case of a resource group experiencing a service incident, e.g. a node failure, the cluster manager acts upon the failover policies and initiates a failover of resource groups to another available node (as an example of what is possible). Failover detection rules will evaluate relevant entries in the cluster log as well as use cluster utilities to inform one about the events that occurred during failover.

Resource Group Monitoring
PowerHA Resource Groups contain critical resources of a cluster, typically interfaces and mount points. If a resource group fails or becomes unavailable, resources are impacted. In order to be on top of all the resource group impacting events, the NiCE PowerHA MP includes several monitors dedicated to resource and resource group monitoring. Furthermore, the MP complements the monitoring provided by the Microsoft AIX management packs.

Benefits

 

  • Manage your entire IBM PowerHA (HACMP) environment from a single point of reference.
  • Monitor your IBM PowerHA (HACMP) servers with individual metrics to monitor specific details all in the System Center framework
  • Constantly optimize the configuration and deployment of your PowerHA environment through scalable monitoring
  • Ensure the availability of your IBM PowerHA environment with critical process and event log monitoring that is part of our PowerHA MP

In a nutshell

  • Full overview of PowerHA landscape
  • Quickly identify issues impacting service availability
  • High ROI, great ease of use
  • Low learning curve, ease of use
  • Peace of mind, high value, competitive price
  • Align IT operations and services with business needs
  • Visualize capacity shortages and trends

Requirements

The system requirements for our PowerHA MP are as follows:

  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 or 2016
  • Microsoft Cross-Platform Agents
  • IBM AIX
  • IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX

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