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Rapid deployment is the name of the game for IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS). Speed is critical for companies that will spin up and down WebSphere instances to accommodate the agility required by many types of projects. So how can an IT team manage and support and keep track of all the different ways they’re using WAS?
You can use IBM Cloud Product Insights, a new software as a service (SaaS) offering that can help support product inventory management and show some of the essential usage metrics for each WebSphere instance.
Let’s say you are a product inventory controller or capacity planner responsible for keeping track of which products are used across your company. What types of reports do you get from your IT team? Are they automated and accurate, or is there a worrying margin of error that can be introduced with manual tracking? Are you aware of the WebSphere versions being used? Have the latest fixpacks been installed to ensure the reliability and security of your environment?
With the latest support for IBM WebSphere there is now built in functionality that connects to IBM Cloud Product Insights. You can track the inventory all your WebSphere instances in a single dashboard.
IBM Cloud Product Insights was built to help alleviate inventory and tracking issues for rapidly changing IT infrastructure. In this way, it also facilitates extending WebSphere products to a hybrid cloud infrastructure. You can take advantage of the flexibility and resiliency of the Cloud and potentially forego buying additional licenses or acquiring new hardware. After deploying WebSphere to the cloud, IBM Cloud Product Insights will automatically update its dashboard view of WebSphere deployments, providing a dynamic and accurate view of your WebSphere environment.
Beyond inventory, there are also several key usage metrics that provide a high-level view of how these WebSphere instances are being used across your company. The intent is not to replace robust monitoring products, but to provide essential metrics—and no-cost.
You can see CPU and memory use by hardware, either real or virtual as well as servlet requests handled, giving you a view of WAS usage. These metrics provide enough of a usage indicator to understand how deployed WebSphere instances are being used, along with an indication of whether you might need to take a deeper look at performance issues.
Of course, none of this would be of value if you couldn’t continue to guarantee the security of your environment and the privacy of your data. IBM Cloud Product Insights provides gateway support for infrastructure running behind your company firewall. You also get the ability to audit all deployment and usage data sent to IBM Cloud Product Insights.
IBM Cloud Product Insights is available with WAS V8.5.5 or V9.0 and supports both traditional WAS and Liberty application servers. We encourage you to explore the possibilities.