Middleware Messaging

The Evolution of Monitoring

It’s time for a better way to drive real improvement the MTBF and MTTR for business applications.

The seven words that everyone knows and loves

If there is one thing you can guarantee you will hear from the leadership of your company it’s these seven words: “Do more with what you already have”. And it is sound advice. Before you spend anything on new stuff, different stuff or in-fact anything, you need to make sure that you are doing everything [...]

Application Performance Monitoring Best Practices – Dealing with False Positives

When monitoring any application for anomalies, the challenge can be that each individual parameter being monitored will stray outside of its expected normal range of operation, but unless other parameters are also showing stress this may not be important. But when a series of different parameters all start to show a change in the same [...]

The Basic Ways of Monitoring MQ

There are several facilities and techniques available to identify and resolve problems with MQ Series. EVENT MONITORING MQ Series publishes several event messages in some special SYSTEM Queues to indicate a failure, potential slowdown, change in configuration, security violation etc., These events can be turned on or for the Queue Manager level and for Queues [...]

What is Middleware?

People ask me regularly what is middleware?   Like the plumbing in your house, it’s easy to see the external interfaces.  Where and how it goes after that is a bit of a mystery and you normally aren’t concerned.   That is, until something goes wrong and you have a leak in your ceiling.   The more complex [...]

Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 4 of 6)

TIBCO Metrics (Fourth of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.) A major driver of MegaBank’s decision to standardize on Nastel AutoPilot was its ability [...]

Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 3 of 6)

(Third of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.) Bringing Light to the Dark Side… Nastel’s AutoPilot was already effectively monitoring MegaBank’s WebSphere MQ and homegrown MOM systems. However, while [...]

Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 2)

(Second of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.) Before MegaBank’s merger with TargetBank, their IT department had been using a well-known event monitoring product to monitor WebSphere MQ. TargetBank [...]

Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 1 of 6)

(First of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.) In the beginning, there was darkness… Ok, I’m being a bit overly dramatic. What was happening in New York a couple [...]

The ABCs of Multiple Messaging Infrastructures – Part 2

In the first installment of this two-part blog series I discussed a number of issues IT pros face when managing the tech aftermath of a corporate acquisition: merging different IT infrastructures. (Reminds me off an old sci-fi movie, When Worlds Collide.) Let’s recap the frequently encountered issues I mentioned last time: […]