Agentless application and infrastructure monitoring with SiteScope

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SiteScope does agentless application and infrastructure monitoring that provides traditional and hybrid cloud support, with quick time to value, and easy installation and configuration. Users have installed SiteScope and seen reports in less than 60 minutes. It is a part of our IT Operations management – Operation Bridge.

SiteScope uses the concept of monitors, an action or set of actions to collect information about a resource.

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Operational monitoring can be divided into several levels or layers as described in the following table:

Monitor Type

Description

Server Health

Monitors server machine resources such as CPU utilization, memory, storage space, as well as the status of key processes and services.

Web Process and Content

Monitors the availability of key URLs, the function of key Web-based processes, and monitors key text content.

Application performance

Monitors performance statistics for mission-critical applications such as Web servers, databases, and other application servers.

Network

Monitors connectivity and availability of services.

 

SiteScope monitors collect key performance measurements on a wide range of back-end infrastructure components. The monitors are individually configured to automatically test the performance and availability of systems and services in the environment. There are over 100 predefined monitors for platforms including Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Siebel, and WebLogic.

See a list of predefined SiteScope Monitors

SiteScope monitoring includes alerting and reporting capabilities, along with a dashboard for a real-time picture of the monitored environments. SiteScope can be configured to send alerts whenever it detects a problem in the infrastructure. It can also create reports for monitors or monitor groups that display information about how the servers and applications you are monitoring have performed over time.

A monitor group is a set of monitors you want to deploy at one time. It could be a group of monitors of a single type (ex: Windows servers) or of different types (ex: Windows server and MS SQL).

You can define templates or use preconfigured SiteScope solution templates. The use of templates enables you to develop and maintain a standardized set of monitor types and configurations in a single structure that can be repeatedly deployed and easily updated using global change and replace capabilities, without having to update each object individually.

SiteScope also includes alert template types that you can use to communicate and record event information in a variety of media. You can customize alert templates to meet the needs of your organization.

SiteScope Monitoring Methods

The majority of SiteScope monitoring is performed by emulating Web or network clients that make requests of infrastructure elements (servers, network devices, etc.) and applications in your environment.

The methods used by SiteScope for monitoring systems, servers, and applications can be divided into two categories:

  • Standards-based network protocols.

This category includes monitoring using HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, and UDP. These types of monitors are generally independent of the platform or operating system on which SiteScope is running. For example, SiteScope installed on Linux can monitor Web pages, file downloads, email transmission, and SNMP data on servers running Windows, HP-UX, and Solaris.

  • Platform-specific network services and commands.

This category includes monitor types that log on as a client to a remote machine and request information. For example, SiteScope can use telnet or SSH to log into a remote server and request information regarding disk space, memory, or processes. On the Microsoft Windows platform, SiteScope also makes use of Windows performance counter libraries. Some limitations exist in monitoring across different operating systems for monitor types that rely on platform-specific services.

SiteScope features:

Web-Based User Interface

The user interface for administration, dashboards and reporting is web-based.

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Figure 1 – SiteScope dashboard

Standardized Monitor Deployments and Updates Using Templates

  • User-defined templates. SiteScope supports the ability to create and publish reusable templates, enabling you to set up and deploy multiple IT elements with similar monitoring configuration criteria. Using the Publish Template Changes wizard, you can rapidly update your monitoring environment across the entire enterprise, without the need for extensive manual updates.
  • Solution Templates. SiteScope offers solution templates that feature built-in domain expertise in the form of specialized monitors, default metrics and thresholds, proactive tests, and best practices for a given application or component being monitored.
  • Automated deployment with XML. SiteScope enables you to bypass the user interface and deploy templates using an XML file. This saves your IT organization time and money by enabling the introduction of a large number of monitors in a single operation.

Infrastructure Performance and Availability Monitoring

  • Out-of-the-box monitors. SiteScope provides more than 100 out-of-the-box monitors covering aspects such as utilization, response time, usage, and resource availability. You can also customize monitors for your specific situation.
  • Elastic configuration. Elastic configuration is a way to automatically adjust the SiteScope monitoring configuration based on changes that are happening in your IT environment. SiteScope provides various dynamic monitors that automatically update themselves over time by adding and removing counters and thresholds as virtual machines move from one host system to another. In addition, baselining is supported, where thresholds are dynamically changed based on historical monitoring data. Dynamic monitors include VMware Host Monitors, VMware Datastore Monitor, Generic Hypervisor Monitor, Hadoop Monitor, Vertica JDBC Monitor, KVM Monitor, Disk Space Monitor (Deprecated), Dynamic JMX Monitor, and Dynamic Docker Monitor.
  • Baseline management can create baselines and schedule specific thresholds based on a time period or date. The baseline calculated for your configuration can be tested against actual performance conditions to view the errors and warnings that would have been reduced by the calculated baseline. Graphs can be used to compare your calculated baseline with current threshold settings to determine potential performance improvements.

Alerts, Notifications, and Reports

  • Proactive alerting is based on customizable thresholds. Alerts are sent to IT administrators based on configured thresholds and defined schedules.
  • Server-based reporting collects multiple pre-selected metrics from a specific server and combine them into a single graph with drill down to details.

SiteScope is easy to install and with the predefined monitors provides information back to you quickly.

Try SiteScope for yourself – it’s free.

Events

To get more information on this release and how customers are using Operations Bridge, we are happy to announce the following events:

  • Micro Focus Realize 2019 Kuala Lumpur 12 Mar, Singapore 14 Mar, Jakarta 19, Manila 21 Mar – Register Now
  • Micro Focus Universe – Vienna Austria 26-28 Mar – Register Now
  • Webinar live - Integrated Application Health and Business Impact Analysis with Operations Bridge 14 Mar – Register Now

Read all our news at the Operations Bridge blog.

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