Thursday, January 21, 2010

More on ITM 6.22

ITM 6.22 is the latest/greatest version of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) infrastructure. While I presume you will find quite a few users running at the ITM 6.21 level, ITM 6.22 provides some interesting new features, some changes in how the TEP looks, and some useful new functons.

Here's a list of some of the enhancements provided by ITM 6.22:

The toolbar icons have been moved around in ITM 6.22

Historical data collection has been enhanced
The Historical Collection Configuration window has been redesigned, and looks quite a bit different. There is a new distribution method called Managed System (TEMA) that enables you to specify the managed systems that data collection will occur on. This is a biggie in that it gives you a lot more flexibility and control in terms of how and where history data will be gathered. There are also options for granular data collection with historical configuration object groups. Again, more granularity and control.

Managed system lists renamed to managed system groups

Modeling conditions for situations
Allows you to capture data from a query and use it to model possible threshold scenarios for situations.

Baselining added to charts for trend analysis
Bar charts, plot charts, and area charts have a new baseline tool. You now have support for such things as Statistical baselines, and Historical baselines.

Agent autonomy
Agent autonomy is the ability of a monitoring agent to execute independently of the TEMS. Aspects of this have been around for quite a while in the infrastructure. This just takes it to a new level in terms of having private situations and private history colelction that runs independent of the TEMS infrastructure.

Send SNMP traps
Send SNMP alerts from a TEMA directly to a receiver, without ever connecting to a monitoring server (pretty cool).

These are some interesting enhancements. If anyone is using ITM 6.22, I would like to hear about your experiences.

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