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Event monitoring console displays multiple event lists on a single time axis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219017D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 100K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for displaying multiple event lists along a single time axis on an event monitoring console.

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Event monitoring console displays multiple event lists on a single time axis

Disclosed is a system for displaying multiple event lists along a single time axis on an event monitoring console.

Problem

To operate and manage a certain scale of IT environment stably, an event management and monitoring system is required.

The event management and monitoring system receives many sort of events sent from different kinds of event sources, such as servers, network devices, application system, middle-ware and so on, one after another and synchronously or asynchronously.

Each event can be an error, an exception, an alert or information notification.

Event severity, required action and its urgency can differ depending on the event. And the operator or organization to be notified should also be varied.

Therefore in case of many events sent in short time displaying all of received events on one event display console (like "Fig. 1") makes it difficult to grasp what is happening quickly and accurately.

         Figure 1. Event list displaying all of received events Conventional Technology

To monitor and manage such a variety of events on consoles effectively and efficiently, event display filters are used.

Event display filters can decide which events should be displayed on a designated event display. An operator can activate or deactivate an appropriate filter set to change the view of events list on the console. Or it is also possible to create event displays with pre-set event filters.

Typical event filter settings are as follows:

- Filtering by event source hostname (Node name)

- Filtering by event source type

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"Fig. 2" shows the sample image of using "Node name filter" to divide events into 5 event lists.

Figure 2. Event lists with Node name filtering


This sort of view helps to understand what is happening on each specific node.

It is well known that using event display filters properly is much helpful in event monitoring operation.

But developing multiple filters and dividing event consoles can make it difficult to find the mutual relationship among events raised in different event filters/consoles. ("Mutual relationship" means "dependence relationship", "contextual relationship" or "cause and effect relationship".)

This is because current event display console can show only one event list on one time axis.

This disclosure publication addresses this point.

Problems to be resolved by this invention disclosure

The main idea of this invention disclosure is displaying multiple event lists filtered by various event display filters along one time axis on an event display c...