Monitor the Business Performance of IBM DataPower SOA Appliances

In today’s service oriented architecture (SOA) world, appliances like IBM DataPower are used for intelligent routing of content and data transformation necessary for service interoperability. 

AutoPilot® for IBM DataPower monitors:

  • Datapower’s consumption of system resources over time
  • DataPower metrics
  • DataPower’s performance of key business activities

Benefits

  • A single point of control over infrastructure, both off-the-shelf and home-grown
  • Early-warning alerts for DataPower performance in accordance with policy
  • Measurement of how DataPower performance impacts movement through the execution of a business process

DataPower Monitoring using Nastel AutoPilot

Figure 1: Monitoring DataPower using Nastel AutoPilot

Nastel AutoPilot for DataPower Monitoring

Figure 2: AutoPilot provides IBM DataPower monitoring via Web Services and SNMP.  In the situation above it has detected a configuration error.  AutoPilot can create robust alerts which monitor multiple factors within DataPower before triggering alerts and warnings and offers  a single monitoring interface across all of a customers appliances.

The AutoPilot for DataPower Monitoring Expert monitors all DataPower appliance metrics using Web Services or SNMP.

These metrics include:

  • Appliance statistics
  • Active users
  • Document caching
  • Load balancer
  • LogTargetStatus
  • Free memory
  • Hold memory
  • Required memory
  • Total memory
  • Used memory
  • Objects
  • Service Status
  • Stylesheet caching
  • XML Name status
  • Operational state
  • Configuration files
  • Connections accepted
  • Network
  • Ethernet interface status
  • TCP Connection status
  • HTTP connections
  • Loadbalancer status
  • Routing Status
  • Packet Throughput
  • SSH Server
  • File system status
  • Web Application status
  • Web Service metrics
  • License status
  • Audit
  • Power supply
  • Cooling fan
  • Voltage sensor
  • Battery status
  • Chassis
  • Many more…

Analysis

AutoPilot using its built-in Complex Event Processing engine, provides comprehensive analysis for DataPower including:

  • Collection history for trending
  • Correlation of DataPower performance data with events from Java, .NET, WMQ, WESB, WMB, CICS, TIBCO, Solace and other solutions including home-grown systems
  • Routing and transformation history
  • User-specified business policy

The enhancement of Nastel’s AutoPilot application performance monitoring solution with monitoring and analysis of IBM DataPower provides users with heretofore unavailable information important for improving business throughput. Armed with this knowledge, business can improve their performance and ability to compete.

A Single Point of Control over Middleware Infrastructure

Nastel AutoPilot is the only solution to support all software and appliance based middleware technology requirements: IBM MQ, TIBCO EMS and RV, Solace, IBM DataPower, IBM Message Broker and home-grown.

  • It provides a unified way to support permissions, user access and re-certification
  • Enables powerful rules to be created that monitor the environment without the need for support staff to constantly monitor screens/dashboards
  • Provides unified approach to enterprise monitoring that is end-to-end

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