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Bloodhound Server Monitor Package

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014859D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Bloodhound Server Monitor Package A software package monitors server computers for up/down status, filesystem usage, print queue status, process (jobs and daemons) status, hardware error status, and ORACLE database utilization. The package provides a server monitoring function that is tailored a Delivery Center distributed systems operations group. The key advantage of this monitoring solution is that it provides a "positive confirmation" model of server monitoring. There is no question about what the tool is monitoring, because the objects and thresholds being monitored are instantly displayable from a web browser. Bloodhound works with industry standard web browsers and the Apache web server. Therefore, it can conveniently monitor servers that reside on the other side of a firewall, without using ssh or the X-Window system. Server-to-client data transmission is minimized by sending plain text HTML tables to the web browser client, which then draws appropriate usage bar graphs for filesystems and databases using the table WIDTH functions in HTML. Bloodhound provides an overall managed account status bar of Green, Yellow, or Red, so that an operator or account manager can determine the status of a managed server account in seconds.