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Reconciling and Harmonizing Network Monitoring, System Monitoring and Network Performance Management Tools

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119083D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed in this article is an architecture to complete the feedback loop from the performance management tool back into the network and system monitoring to more efficiently monitor network and system availability.

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Reconciling and Harmonizing Network Monitoring, System Monitoring and Network Performance Management Tools

Disclosed in this article is an architecture to complete the feedback loop from the performance management tool back into the network and system monitoring to more efficiently monitor network and system availability.

A network monitoring tool is utilized to discover the devices on the network, and as a feed of events for the system monitoring tool. The network monitoring tool's inventory of discovered devices is used to dynamically update the performance management tool with base devices and new devices as they come online. The device information is exported in XML format and readily parsed by the performance management tool. As the status of devices changes, this information is also converted into XML and fed to the performance management tool, so that it can more efficiently determine whether or not to expend network bandwidth to poll a device that has been reported as "down". This provides an important feed into the performance management tool. The performance management tool can also query the network and system monitoring devices to make sure that the databases are properly synchronized. In addition, the performance management tool can provide additional feedback into the network and system monitoring tools when it determines that a device is not functioning properly.

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