MQSonar is a Freemium tool for monitoring the availability and performance of WebSphere MQ. Like SONAR in a submarine, MQSonar sends out a “ping”, waits for it to echo back and then analyzes the elapsed time for the message’s journey, hop-by-hop, there and back, similar to the networking tool, traceroute. In parallel MQSonar is compiling statistics on message propagation and reflection for each message, its components and the aggregate.
In production WebSphere MQ (WMQ) users will utilize MQSonar for fault isolation and for testing response times and in QA for creating a baseline for expected response times for a simulated workload.
The typical problems that MQSonar can be applied to, include:
- A specific queue manager may not be up and responding.
- The configuration of queues may differ and as a result performance is adequate for some and not for others.
- Communication between queue managers may be slow
- The path from one application to another (over WMQ) may be misconfigured.
- Measures timing for queue manager message flow
- Sends messages to a listening application which replies with a response
- Captures the timing along the message path as well as the roundtrip
- No changes to WMQ required
- Integrates with AutoPilot for enhanced analytics, alerting and to measure real transactions
- A free tool for maintaining WMQ applications. Available via download
- Improved visibility into the performance of middleware-centric applications