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Welcome to the Data Center Automation blog. This blog is one of several within the
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The Tivoli System Automation development team just released a whitepaper on SAP High Availability with Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms on AIX and Linux.
Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms is a high availability cluster solution and automation product that provides several monitoring mechanisms to detect system failures and a set of rules to initiate the correct action without any user intervention. The set of rules is called a policy, this policy describes the relationships between applications or resources. This policy and the monitoring mechanisms provide System Automation for Multiplatforms with extensive up-to-date information about the system landscape so that it can restart the resource on the current node or move the whole application to another cluster node.
To protect the SAP Central Services, System Automation for Multiplatforms will be deployed on the cluster nodes and will be configured to monitor the SAP Central Services.
The paper will detail why companies need HA solutions for SAP, and introduce degrees of availability. Furthermore, it describes which components of an SAP system should be
Download the paper here.
* Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms provides high availability and policy-based automation for applications and services for distributed environments like AIX, Linux, Solaris or Windows.
* Tivoli System Automation Application Manager is the solution for end-to-end automation in an heterogeneous data center. It helps coordinate and manage across cluster technologies, so you can better control your enterprise business services.
This is an introduction into IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms.
* Sophisticated knowledge about application components and their relationships
* Quick and consistent recovery of failed resources and whole applications either in place or on another system of a cluster
If you use System Automation for Multiplatforms, the following advantages and improvements apply:
* Policy-based automation reduces skill requirements and improves automation quality and flexibility.
* Plug and play automation modules can reduce automation costs, implementation time and support effort.
* Less operator errors and effort through operations at the application level using a Web-based GUI.
* Consistent automation across all platforms.
* Protection of critical resources through quorum. Dead man switch and a disk and network tiebreaker.
* Builds small, large, and complex clusters (n:m) which reduces the number of required backup systems.
* Goal driven automation avoids operator errors.
* Integrates with Tivoli System Automation Application Manager to automate and operate composite applications and to facilitate reporting.
* Web-based, easy to use, and powerful graphical user interface.
* Integrates with CCMDB using System Automation Application Manager, TEC, TEP, TPM.
This is an introduction into IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager.
IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager helps coordinate and manage application availability across cluster technologies, so you can better control your enterprise business services. Use it as single point of control to manage heterogeneous business application landscape.
* Leverage a single interface to manage operations of composite applications, for managing and controlling the planned and unplanned outages across the enterprise.
* Policy-based advanced automation enables modeling application behavior during failures, thus helping in reducing complexity and speeding time to value.
* Application-centric approach to automated high-availability for end-to-end application landscapes and provides automatic recovery mechanism on service disruption due to failure of application, component, resource, or system.
* Extend automation to application components that reside on single node clusters or unsupported platforms, through an agentless adapter technology.
* Speed problem resolution by using a Web-based interface to access clear views of applications and their relationship to other applications, servers and systems, and then drill down to determine the root cause of failures
* Mitigate the impact of service disruptions by using centralized control for all clusters and Sysplex environments to help make time-critical decisions that prevent unplanned outages and to better prepare for planned outages, such as routine maintenance
* Include applications running on single node servers or unclustered servers in the automation scope through the agentless adapter
* Expand capabilities with an additional disaster recovery component for System z mainframes which integrates with Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS). It is designed to notify GDPS to trigger disaster recovery actions
* Integration with Tivoli Productivity Center - Replication (TPC-R) allows System Automation Application Manager to become the single point of control for both multi-tiered business applications and the corresponding data replication between two sites. This provides disaster recovery (DDR) functionality for a purely open system landscape
The tool appcmd can be used for testing IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms policies as well as IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager end-to-end and Agentless Adapter policies. In order to verify that your policies work as expected, they need to be tested. In particular, it has to be tested whether resources are recovered as expected in failure situations. It is very time-consuming to perform such tests with real applications because all failures to be recovered need to be injected manually. This application simulator is capable of injecting all failures recognized by SA MP and SA AM Agentless Adapter and logs the initiated recovery actions.
You can use appcmd to instrument IBM.Application resources or IBM.RemoteApplication resources. appcmd simulates these applications, allows to mimic failures and tracks the execution of commands which makes it a useful tool to develop and test policy constructs without need to install real applications or impacting real applications.
We publish appcmd for free in our IBM System Automation for Multiplatforms Wiki page here
With version 3 appcmd supports:
* Internal serialization was refactored and a problem regarding node reboot was fixed so that all simulated resources are reliably set of Offline in case of a node outage before the first Monitor is invoked.
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From Zero to z Hero Workshop: End-to-End Automation und Hochverfügbarkeit mit Tivoli System Automation
Dieser Hands-on Workshop veranschaulicht Ihnen den Mehrwert einer Tivoli End-to-End Automations Lösung, die es ermöglicht, heterogene Anwendungen auf distributed Plattformen und System z von einer zentralen Konsole aus zu bedienen und zu automatisieren.
06.10.2011 - IBM Forum Ehningen
Die GSE Herbst-Tagung steht vor der Tür, zum ersten Mal durchgeführt durch die beiden neuen GSE-Gruppen “Automation and Business Resiliency on Open Systems” und “Automation and Business Resiliency on Mainframe”.
Wann: 25.10.2011 - 28.10.2011
Wir haben bisher Präsentationen in den folgenden Bereichen geplant:
die Repräsentanten der beiden Automation Groups
Frank Beckers Dietmar Knodel
Manfred Farwick Sylvia Koch
Bernd Jostmeyer Dr. Richard Rothermel
Already last year members of the GSE Automation group decided it is worth to create a new work-group concentrating on Automation and Business Resiliency matters especially on open systems. This was the day we decided to found a new work-group "Automation and Business Resiliency on Open Systems".
What is GSE?
Guide Share Europe (GSE) is an international nonprofit association of companies, organizations, and individuals involved in Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) solutions based on IBM architectures. The key aims of GSE are
What is this workgroup about?
Automation and Business Resiliency for Open Systems is a workgroup to exchange information between
IT professionals related to automation and availability of their IT environment on non-mainframe
platforms (Open Systems). This includes business relevant workload running on AIX, Linux, Solaris,
Windows and integration of this workload with IT business components running on the z/OS
The focus of this workgroup is on the following products and integration scenarios:
also fosters the exchange of technical information with the workgroup Automation and Business Resiliency
on Mainframe, GSE Id: CAUTD.
Why should I join the workgroup?Contact Information
Workgroup members have the opportunity to meet with peers and IBM experts from all over Europe. The
Members of this workgroup meet twice a year either at IBM or at the site of one of its members. These
conferences will usually be held together with the workgroup Automation and Business Resiliency on
Mainframes – which is of special interest for those people who make use of all System Automation family
If you are interested in more information about our workgroup you can contact the following people:
Frank Beckers, Finanz Informatik GmbH & Co KG
Manfred Farwick, GAD eG
Bernd Jostmeyer, IBM Research and Development Boeblingen,
For more information please also have a look at the following product information pages.
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see on Youtube our Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms high availability solution for SAP. You can find two videos.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k22CYXM-f4
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGwqQnIGv9E
p.s.: These are both posted to the Tivoli Demos YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/tivolidemos?feature=mhee