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How can I monitor Cast Iron appliance's performance and gather some data points to create reports on performance. Are there any Best Practices around this?
In addition, is there any way of estimating system load and performance that could be used to insure adequate hardware in place before deploying additional orchestrations? Is there any white paper or help available on this? Thanks
Sorry to not offer any solutions, but I have some additional comments. Capacity planning has always been a difficult subject due to variability of codes being deployed and on Cast Iron, it seems especially difficult due to the lack of guidelines and tools to do this.
However, from experience in managing the environment, the software aspect of resources should also be taken into account. For example, we have seen some issues that sometimes looks like Cast Iron is running out of connections in it's connection pool which is solved after a system restart. Also, we have been told that there is a global limit of 100 jobs which also might be a factor to consider when doing capacity planning.
I agree that Cast Iron should have a cookbook on these best practices or white paper to document these limitations or variables in the system.
However, v4.0 seems to offer some interesting possibilities with the ability to export data on hardware resources. This should be able to help system administrators track usage patterns and deploy accordingly.
This link doesn't work, along with many other IBM links I've found in these forums... IBM Cast Iron really needs better documentation on this Cast Iron Studio. I'm no longer a novice programmer, but the exercises in the 3-day IBM CI Studio class are very unorganized and unclear.
Since Cast Iron was acquired by IBM, the old Cast Iron web sites and resources are no longer valid. We are trying to do our best to have technical resources and information up to date. The support portal is a great tool which gives a lot of good info http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/SG248004.html?Open
As for Monitoring, a redbook is about to be published: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/SG248004.html?Open where chapter 4 is about management & monitoring, maybe this will help.