IBM Monitoring V8.1 provides application-aware infrastructure monitoring to help you optimize the performance of your applications

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-131
March 24, 2015

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IBM® Monitoring V8.1 is a new product in the IBM Performance Management portfolio. Key features of IBM Monitoring:

  • Offers hybrid management, delivering a single integrated management view across on premises and cloud environment
  • Delivers application-aware infrastructure monitoring by monitoring user response time as well as the health of application components such as the application server or runtime, databases, web servers, middleware stacks, and more, for applications covering cloud and traditional workloads
  • Includes search analytics capabilities for unlimited monitoring data, plus up to 2 gigabytes of external log data per day and easily integrates with predictive analytics
  • Includes a simple unified architecture that can be deployed in minutes and can help reduce total cost of ownership by up to 30%
  • Enables seamless expansion of capabilities with IBM Control Desk, IBM Operations Analytics, and IBM Netcool® Operations Insight


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For ordering, contact your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information, contact the Americas Call Centers at: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255).

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Overview
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The need to monitor application performance and the health of the application components has never been more important. Slowdowns and outages impact revenue and the reputation of your business. However, identifying and resolving problems in today's complex applications, which can have many components residing on premises or in the cloud, and accessed by customers using many different types of devices, can be very difficult.

That is where IBM Monitoring V8.1 comes in, providing application-aware infrastructure monitoring, which means that it monitors user response time as well as the health of application and infrastructure components, which can potentially improve availability by 60% - 90%. IBM Monitoring can be deployed and can provide value in minutes, which can be critical when deadlines are tight to deliver a new application. Once deployed, it can help to reduce outages by 50%, or more. IBM Monitoring is also a true hybrid solution, available on premises as well as through software as a service (SaaS), so you can choose the delivery platform that best suits your needs, or mix and match if different groups have different needs and still view everything in a single integrated management console.

IBM Monitoring provides the following capabilities:

  • Application response time monitoring: Traditionally, monitoring of applications has focused on gathering health metrics about the various components that make up the application. While valuable, it is often difficult or even impossible to determine how the application is performing based on that information. What you really need to know is how quickly users get a response to their requests. If it is taking too long, you need to know before users start looking elsewhere. That is why IBM Monitoring goes beyond traditional resource monitoring to include web server response time monitoring, so you can monitor the performance of your application as well as the health of the resources processing web requests.
  • Breadth of coverage: IBM Monitoring provides the breadth of coverage for traditional IT and middleware resources that you would expect from the IBM Performance Management portfolio, including the Java™ application stack, Microsoft™.NET, industry leading databases, Microsoft applications, hypervisors, and operating systems. Additionally, IBM Monitoring extends the broad coverage you are used to from the IBM Performance Management portfolio to include typical cloud workloads, such as node.js, Ruby, Python, PHP, PostGreSQL, and MongoDB, because eliminating blind spots allows you to be much more effective in identifying and quickly resolving performance and availability issues.
  • Analytics: IBM Monitoring includes integrated search analytics for an unlimited amount of monitoring data plus up to 2 gigabytes of external log data per day, with the option to purchase additional gigabytes with IBM Operations Analytics - Log Analysis. Using this integration accelerates problem isolation, identification, and repair by providing insights into previously untapped and underutilized sources of data. This advanced search and text analytics technology is based on the IBM big data platform and IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights™. You can search logs directly from the IBM Monitoring user interface, using configured and discovered patterns such as stack traces, class and thread IDs, and error codes to quickly identify and repair issues. IBM Monitoring also provides the ability to integrate directly into IBM Operations Analytics - Predictive Insights™, which delivers advanced anomaly detection of IT metrics. When purchased separately and used in conjunction with IBM Monitoring, Operations Analytics - Predictive Insights can help to eliminate the need for traditional static thresholds and provide alerting before key IT services are impacted.

IBM Service Engage is the single place where learning, exploring, trying, and buying the IBM Performance Management portfolio begins. For more information, go to

https://www.ibmserviceengage.com/application-monitoring/learn


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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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March 27, 2015



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Description
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IBM Monitoring V8.1, a new addition to the IBM Performance Management portfolio, builds on the powerful capabilities of the portfolio while providing a leap forward in time to value and cost of ownership.

Highlights

  • It is a true hybrid solution. IBM Monitoring delivers a single integrated management view across on premises and software as a service (SaaS) environments. This means that you can install IBM Monitoring on premises, use the SaaS version of it (which other than delivery platform is exactly the same in capability), or mix and match based on what makes sense for different application teams or lines of business within your organization and still maintain the ability to see the entire environment for those who need that level of visibility.
  • It can be installed and provides value in a matter of minutes, is easy to maintain, and provides enterprise class monitoring while helping to keep your costs down.
  • It does more than just monitor your operating system. With application-aware infrastructure monitoring you can see availability potentially improve by 60% to 90% since IBM Monitoring includes monitoring for user response time as well as the health of application components, such as the application server or runtime, databases, web servers, and more.
  • IBM Service Engage is your single source of information about the IBM Performance Management portfolio. When using Service Engage you can explore the portfolio including running live virtual machine (VM) sandboxes and starting free trials. Purchases of Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings are also available with Service Engage.

For more information about Service Engage, go to

https://www.ibmserviceengage.com/application-monitoring/learn

IBM Monitoring's broad coverage eliminates blind spots in understanding the health of your application, allowing you to be much more effective in identifying and quickly resolving performance and availability issues. It also includes integrated search analytics, which help reduce the time it takes to find the root cause of a problem by as much as 90%.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5725-U05 8.1 IBM Monitoring


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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

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Publications
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The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

For hardware and software requirements, refer to

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/home?lang=en#!/wiki/IBM%20Performanc e%20Management/page/System%20requirements

Software requirements

Refer to the Hardware requirements section.

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This offering is delivered through the Internet. There is no physical media.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Monitoring V8.1 uses the security and auditability features of the host software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

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Product group: Performance and Availability

Product: 5725-U05

Product category: IBM Monitoring

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Part description Part number
IBM Monitoring Managed Virtual Server Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo D1FWULL
IBM Monitoring Managed Virtual Server Annual SW S&S Rnwl E0LH1LL
IBM Monitoring Managed Virtual Server SW S&S REINSTATE 12 Mo D1FWVLL
IBM Monitoring Managed Virtual Server MONTHLY LICENSE D1G3QLL
IBM Monitoroing zLinux Managed Virtual Server Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo D1FWWLL
IBM Monitoring zLinux Managed Virtual Server Annual SW S&S Rnwl E0LH2LL
IBM Monitoring zLinux Managed Virtual Server SW S&S REINSTATE 12 Mo D1FWXLL
IBM Monitoring zLinux Managed Virtual Server MONTHLY LICENSE D1G3RLL

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Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Monitoring V8.1 5725-U05 Managed Virtual Server

Managed Virtual Server

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Yes

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System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

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