Thanks to those of you who responded to my previous blog asking for feedback on using Java on z/OS for your database tools. It was really helpful.
I need your help again.
We are having internal discussions about plans for the Data Studio administration console, a no-charge download that includes both a replication dashboard and high-level monitoring of database health and availability. It is the database health and availability monitor that I need your feedback on. I need to hear from both DB2 for LUW and DB2 for z/OS users, so don’t be shy!
If you aren’t familiar with the health and availability monitor, there's a good tutorial here. Just as a reminder, health and availability monitoring enables you to easily assess the high-level health of DB2 for LUW and DB2 for z/OS systems. It includes a health overview, which lets you look over a landscape of database servers, and a dashboard that lets you focus on a single server. In addition, there is a time slider that lets you view changes over time in both the dashboard and an alert history. Health and availability monitoring also includes quick analysis and suggests possible resolutions for many database server conditions and scenarios.
The intended purpose of the health and availability monitor is to serve as a first level, “at a glance” type monitor. It’s not intended to provide the deep diagnostics that a monitor like DB2 Performance Expert or Tivoli OMEGAMON XE Performance Expert for DB2 provides, but it can allow you to quickly glance over your systems and immediately spot whether one of your databases needs attention. Our thought that was customers would most likely want to use this in their test environments, as they may not want to invest heavily in monitoring non-production servers.
OK, so here are my questions (these aren’t formal survey-style questions, so feel free to improvise):
- If you have not installed Data Studio administration console for database health and availability monitoring we’d like to know why not. Is it because you were not aware of it? Do you already own a monitor for all your environments, including test? If you are willing, it would be great if you could install it locally and give it a try. Then you can also be one of the people to give us feedback on it.:-)
- If you have installed it:
- Was it easy to install? Do you like the overall usability of it? What about quality? Were there features you found useful? Were there features you felt were lacking?
- Does your organization have a need for this type of "at glance" monitor and have people who benefit from using it? Or do you typically install a more sophisticated monitor on all your database servers, including test?
- Are you still using it? If not, why not?
Please take a few minutes to dash off an email with as much information as you can. Don’t forget to tell us a bit about your environment and if and how that influences your answers. I really appreciate your help.
You can send your feedback to dstudio at us.ibm.com, and I’ll be sure to get your responses.
-- Bryan Smith