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NonStop Real-Time Process Monitor (RPM) for ultra-fast process monitoring

In the well known comic strip Wallace & Gromit, the term RPM was used by Wallace to describe “rabbits per minute”. For mechanical-oriented folks and those working on hard disk technology, RPM stands for “revolutions per minute”. And for those that work on Linux, RPM also stands for Red Hat Package Manager.

 

For those of us that are knowledgeable in NonStop, RPM is the name of a low-cost, highly-efficient, real-time monitoring product that continuously provides CPU and process resource consumption data. It can discover and display the busiest CPUs and processes across Expand-connected NonStop systems, and it does that ultra-fast in real-time.

 

If you are not already using RPM in your NonStop environment, read more to see why I think you can really benefit from using it.

Secure NonStop OSM Communication via Custom SSL Configuration

In my last blog, I wrote about various OSMCONF settings that you can use to customize OSM to your specific NonStop environment. In this blog, I will discuss OSMCONF settings specific to OSM client-server communication using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). In this context, OSM client means not only OSM Service Connection and OSM Event Viewer, but also HP Systems Insight Manager (SIM), HP Insight Remote Support Advanced, HP Insight Control Power Management, or any NonStop Essentials product.

Customize Your OSM Environment with OSMCONF

OSM is the primary NonStop serviceability application, which detects - in real-time - all hardware, firmware and environmental faults in the NonStop system, and displays them in OSM Service Connection. In addition, OSM creates real-time alerts and sends them to the HP Support Center using HP Insight Remote Support Advanced. OSM also includes an OSM Event Viewer product, which lets the user look at past or real-time NonStop EMS events – either all events or those that satisfy the user-defined criteria (such as subsystem, severity, etc.).

 

Every NonStop system is shipped with OSM configuration so that it works for most customer environments as is. But there are instances where OSM needs to be customized to your particular environment. Most of this configuration is performed via a file called OSMCONF in the $SYSTEM.ZSERVICE subvolume. In this blog, I will describe some use cases where you can customize OSMCONF file to suit your environment.

HP Operations Orchestration (OO) Efficiently Automates NonStop Workflows

Automation is a great way to deal with scale and complexity of data centers - whether it is routine tasks, such as file archiving, event and incident management, change management, or rare but complex tasks, such as disaster recovery. Almost all IT organizations today have critical IT management systems, such as data center automation tools, service desk tools, ticketing systems, and monitoring tools. However, for most organizations, these systems are not integrated and do not provide a single place to create, control or run the whole IT automation flow. HP Operations Orchestration (HP OO) is an important product in HP IT Performance Suiteand can reduce the operational costs and improve service quality by automating routine IT tasks as well as complex tasks. HP OO can easily integrate in your current IT environment to ensure minimal impact on current procedures and tools while fully utilizing your existing IT investments. HP OO provides out-of-box content for NonStop systems. You can not only use the out-of-box operations and flows for NonStop, but you can also integrate existing scripts and flows developed for NonStop systems to the OO flows, resulting in a completely automated IT workflow environment.

NonStop Serviceability Getting Better and Better

RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) characteristics are what differentiate the mission critical systems from non-mission critical systems. With NonStop systems at the top of mission critical spectrum (L4 level availability), it is only expected of NonStop systems to excel in RAS characteristics. As NonStop Manageability and Serviceability Architect, it falls under my responsibilities to ensure that NonStop systems provide the best serviceability possible. I am happy to brag about some of the serviceability enhancements we have done recently to take the serviceability of the NonStop BladeSystems to the next level. This includes Down-system CLIM firmware update tool, DHCP DNS Configuration Wizard, DHCP and DNS server status monitoring, IPv6 support in OSM, ability for OSM to listen on specific IP addresses, alarm for non-responsive CLIM, log collection from an individual CLIM, CLIM replacement guided procedure, bad blade system board battery alarm, alarm for degraded DIMM in CLIM, suppression of service-induced BladeCluster alarms, ability for OSM to bind to a specific IP address to send indications, and suppression of creation of a specific alarm on a specific resource, to name a few.

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  • I work as a Master Architect in HP Servers R & D group. I work with teams spread across the lab and outside to build solutions which are highly available on HP-UX, OpenVMS and Mission Critical Linux platforms. In particular I contribute to develop HP Serviceguard clusters, HP-UX Security and Middleware products. I have been with HP for last 17 years and have exposure to HA/DR field from both R & D and customer perspectives.
  • Kirk Bresniker is the Vice President/Chief Technologist for HP Business Critical Systems where he has technical responsibility for all things Mission Critical, including HP-UX, NonStop and scalable x86 platforms. He joined HP in 1989 after graduating from Santa Clara University and has been an HP Fellow since 2008.
  • I’m the worldwide marketing manager for HP NonStop. I’ll be blogging and tweeting out news as it relates to NonStop solutions – you can find me here and on twitter at @CarolynatHP
  • Cynthia is part of the HP ExpertOne team. ExpertOne offers professional IT training and certifications from infrastructure refresh to areas that span across the datacenter like Cloud and Converged Infrastructure.
  • Hi, I work on the HP Servers team as HP-UX worldwide product marketing manager. I´m interested in how customers use our technology and will be blogging about their stories and on how our products evolve to help their businesses be always on.
  • I have worked with NonStop systems since 1982. I am a Master Technologist for HP and am part of the IT SWAT organization, the Cloud SWAT and work with HP Labs. I report into the Enterprise Solutions and Architecture organization.
  • Joe Androlowicz is a Technical Communications and Marketing manager in HP’s NonStop Product Division. Joe is a 25 year journeyman in information systems design, instructional technologies and multimedia development. He left Apple Computer for Tandem Computers to help launch G03 and hasn’t looked back yet. He previously managed the program management team for the NonStop Education and Training Center and drove the development and growth of the NonStop Certification programs.
  • Hello! I am a social media manager for servers, so my posts will be geared towards HP server-related news & info.
  • HP Servers, Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and ExpertOne
  • Luke Oda is a member of the HP's BCS Marketing team. With a primary focus on marketing programs that support HP's BCS portfolio. His interests include all things mission-critical and the continuing innovation that HP demonstrates across the globe.
  • I am the Superdome 2 Product Manager. My interest is to learn how mission critical platform helps customers and would also like to share my thoughts on how Superdome has been helping customers and will continue to do so.
  • I work in the HP Servers marketing group, managing a marketing team responsible for marketing solutions for enterprise customers who run mission-critical workloads and depend on HP to keep their business continuously running.
  • Mohan Parthasarathy is a Technical Architect in the HP-UX lab. His primary focus currently is in the core kernel, platform enablement and virtualization areas of HP-UX. Mohan has worked on various modules of HP-UX, including networking protocol stacks, drivers, core kernel and virtualization
  • I’ll be blogging about the latest news and enhancements as it relates to HP Moonshot.
  • Greetings! I am on the HP Enterprise Group marketing team. Topics I am interested in include Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and Management, and HP BladeSystem.
  • As a Managing Consultant for HP’s Enterprise Solution & Architecture group, I collaborate with client business and IT senior management to understand, prioritize and architect advanced use of data and information, drawing insights required to make informed business decisions. My current focus leverages event-driven business intelligence design techniques and technologies to identify patterns, anticipate outcomes and proactively optimize business response creating a differentiated position in the marketplace for the client.
  • Wendy Bartlett is a Distinguished Technologist in HP’s NonStop Enterprise Division, and focuses on dependability – security and availability - for the NonStop server line. She joined Tandem in 1978. Her other main area of interest is system architecture evolution. She has an M.S. degree in computer science from Stanford University.
  • I am part of the integrated marketing team focused on HP Moonshot System and HP Scale-up x86 and Mission-critical solutions.
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