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Adding Flexibility to IBM i Monitoring Without Compromising Availability

June 1, 2021
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Administrators charged with managing the IBM i environment often do so with smaller teams but no less demand for 24/7 system availability. System issues not only pose a threat to resources and productivity, but when they occur after hours, these expenses can escalate fast. To cope, you need easy yet comprehensive solutions that handle your performance, messaging, and remote management needs. What you really need are integrated solutions for universal control.

Integrating Robot Monitor with Robot Console and Robot Alert unifies proactive monitoring efforts and maximizes resilience against all system issues regardless of your team’s size, multi-location requirements, or limited resource budgets. These integrated applications extend ease-of-use across your IBM i network.

Robot Console and Robot Alert can team up with Robot Monitor to deliver the power of onsite systems monitoring via a mobile device, offering freedom and flexibility without compromising visibility or response time. You can stay in touch with your system whether you’re at home, at a different office, or even on the golf course, allowing you to multi-task with complete confidence.

Robot Monitor is capable of monitoring virtually any component within IBM i—data queues, network activity, cache battery lifetime, journal receiver size, output queue status, transactions per hour, BRMS message logs, and even PTF reporting across multiple systems.

The SQL interface within Robot Monitor provides new insight from business application data. You can use Robot Monitor to execute an SQL statement to monitor the status, count, or number of any application data element. Some examples include:

  • Open IBM problems
  • MIMIX, IBM MQ, or BRMS metrics
  • Days since a file was changed
  • Credit limits/P&L data
  • Customer orders/invoices
  • Stock replenishment figures

And this application data can also benefit from the other features used for system monitoring, including the ability to add thresholds and alerts to each monitor, as well as the creation of historical and predictive reports for trend analysis.

DASD and IFS monitoring with Robot Monitor ensures that you’ll be able to pinpoint the cause and location of sudden increases in disk usage. Temporary storage monitoring in real time means any sudden spike in use can be quickly addressed through a one-click investigation to drill down into usage by job, user, subsystem, or entire system. Using Robot Monitor’s comprehensive disk analysis functions, you’ll be able to view a graphical display of disk space usage and a detailed analysis of disk by library, attribute, last-used date, and other defining criteria. The historical data about disk use can be reviewed for future forecasting to assist with capacity planning.

Robot Monitor provides complete IBM i performance monitoring, and when thresholds are met, it sends information to a pre-defined message queue. This is where you can rely on your other HelpSystems message monitoring tools to take control for a seamless solution from a single vendor.

Robot Console can monitor application message queues. They can watch for critical alerts sent by Robot Monitor to its pre-defined message queue and keep you one step ahead of the disk and performance issues that can quickly degrade performance and impact the availability of your IBM i systems to users. With Robot Console and Robot Alert, you can filter messages and escalate them automatically to receive visual, email, and mobile phone prompts to help you stay notified.

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