Thursday, July 30, 2009

OMEGAMON V4.20 - Where we stand

Now that OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks V4.20 is GA, that means that all the core OMEGAMONs on z/OS (OMEGAMON z/OS, DB2, IMS, Storage, Networks), with the exception of OMEGAMON XE For CICS, are now available at the V4.20 level. OMEGAMON CICS V4.20 will be available later this year.

So the questions now become "what is the optimal time to consider migration to V4.20" and "what are the benefits of V4.20"?

As to the benefits of V4.20, each of the OMEGAMONs offers a set of enhancements in the V4.20 release. Also, you get exploitation for ITM 6.21 TEP, and more complete integration with such things as OMNIbus/Netcool for alert management. I'll post more on this at a later date.

As to the timing of when to migrate. It is possible to do a phased migration, and roll in OMEGAMON CICS later, if need be. Either way, now is a good time to start planning to upgrade.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Added links for some of my articles

I have published numerous articles on IBM.COM through a publication called CCR2. CCR2 was a second generation of the old "Candle Computer Report". CCR2 is now becoming the "IBM System z Advisor". Look for more relevant articles and information there.

I have added a few links to some of my prior work, including an article I wrote last year on the benefits of using OMEGAMON XE For Mainframe Networks to integrate network performance data into your overall monitoring strategy.

OMEGAMON XE For Mainframe Networks V4.20 is now GA

OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks continues to grow and expand as a mainframe centric network monitoring solution. If you are a user of OMEGAMON monitoring on z/OS, and in particular, if you have deployed the Tivoli Enterprise Portal, you may want to take a look at OMEGAMON for Mainframe Networks.
Among the new capabilities include the following:
*Improved Take Action commands
*Support for IP tunnels and filters utilizing IPsec, Internet Key Exchange (IKE), Authentication Header (HA), and Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) protocols
*Expanded performance monitoring support for OSA-Express2 10 Gigabit and OSA-Express3 adapters
*Simplified installation
*Advanced historical network performance reporting and analysis with report templates, and standardized reporting with other Tivoli solutions through the Tivoli Common Reporting tool
*Situation events generated by OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks with other system-wide events through IBM Tivoli Netcool/Omnibus

For more information on OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks V4.20 click on the following link: