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

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January 9, 2017

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

(The conclusion 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.)

I’ve talked about some particulars associated with one large financial institution, MegaBank. But what can people expect from AutoPilot in general with respect to performance and scalability issues? Let’s examine some topics…

Horizontal Scalability

  • On the agent level: AutoPilot can monitor a large number of applications across thousands of servers
  • On the server level: AutoPilot’s Complex Event Processing (CEP) engine can span multiple servers utilizing its built-in grid
  • On the user level: AutoPilot can handle thousands of users

Vertical Scalability

AutoPilot can process large volumes of data from one source (one server that may have multiple applications). For example: situations where one queue manager had more than 20K queues and 10K channels, which translated to hundreds of thousands of data metrics. 

Transactional Metrics

The performance impact on applications tested with JSpec resulted in an impact of less than 2.5%.

Input Speed

AutoPilot has the capability to process consistently high volumes of KPIs (key performance indicators) and tens of thousands of transactions per second, per CEP instance. Because CEP engines can be added on-demand, processing capacity can be elastically increased as needed.

Rules Processing Speed

A single AutoPilot CEP engine running on a 64-bit quad-CPU server with 4 GB of memory can process 2M rules per second. Because the CEP engine is a virtual machine it scales linearly, so adding an additional CEP engine can double throughput.

High Availability

AutoPilot’s grid-based infrastructure provides for a smooth failover. It supports monitoring for a wide range of messaging middleware platforms including: WebSphere DataPower, WebSphere MQ, WebSphere ESB, Message Broker, WBI, TIBCO RV and EMS, Solace Systems Messaging Appliances, CICS and JMS.

Conclusion: AutoPilot Is a Powerful Monitoring Solution for Large Enterprises

In the case of MegaBank (and many other large enterprises around the globe), AutoPilot has proven a highly effective, comprehensive and pro-active solution for the bank’s complex, mixed middleware environment. It is the only monitoring solution that supports traditional software-based messaging technology as well as appliance-based technology, enabling the same operating procedures to be utilized for all messaging products. Since standardizing on AutoPilot, the IT middleware team has real-time, end-to-end visibility and easily pinpoints problem areas—and their root causes—anywhere across its various middleware systems.

AutoPilot’s Complex Event Processing (CEP) engine automatically eliminates false alerts, identifies potential problems, and provides early warning and prediction of infrastructure problems. The net result is avoidance of disruption to business processes and adversely impacting end-users and customer experiences. AutoPilot’s CEP capabilities dramatically reduce the mean time to problem resolution, increase overall uptime, and minimize user support requirements by cutting down significantly on support calls from business users to the IT middleware team. AutoPilot is the only monitoring solution that unifies user “permissioning” and certification of access across the middleware estate to ensure regulatory compliance is met.

Real-time visibility on business processes obtained from AutoPilot’s message tracking facilities lets organizations not only measure how well their business services perform at any given moment, but also optimize them end-to-end. Perhaps the most striking business outcome is that AutoPilot enhances an organization’s responsiveness by enabling its IT team to focus on the right issue, at the right time and place. This is clearly demonstrated in the example of messages being tracked as they span various nodes in the network structure of an organization’s infrastructure—with performance bottlenecks pinpointed whenever they occur, and most important: why. This enables IT teams to focus on problem resolution as issues arise over time with both speed and precision.

AutoPilot is the basis for monitoring, automation, visualization, and fault recovery for all of MegaBank’s multi-vendor middleware, messaging appliances, and brokers—end-to-end. The IT middleware team keeps their entire infrastructure governed, visible, and manageable from a single pane of glass, and enjoys the additional benefits of reducing the number of software vendors, training expenses, and overall IT human resource demands.

Nastel Technologies is the global leader in Integration Infrastructure Management (i2M). It helps companies achieve flawless delivery of digital services powered by integration infrastructure by delivering tools for Middleware Management, Monitoring, Tracking, and Analytics to detect anomalies, accelerate decisions, and enable customers to constantly innovate, to answer business-centric questions, and provide actionable guidance for decision-makers. It is particularly focused on IBM MQ, Apache Kafka, Solace, TIBCO EMS, ACE/IIB and also supports RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, Blockchain, IOT, DataPower, MFT, IBM Cloud Pak for Integration and many more.


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