Initial impressions of IBM's new cloud consumer focused APM product
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In this blog post I'll be demonstrating how install, configure, and view data in a new IBM produced monitoring solution -- all in under 5 minutes flat after downloading the installation media.
About IBM SmartCloud Monitoring Application Insight
At Blue Medora we've been watching carefully, as over the past 6 months, IBM has fairly quietly released 5 distinct beta drops of IBM SmartCloud Monitoring Application Insight (SCMAI)-- the product IBM Tivoli had, until recently, been calling IBM Tivoli Cloud Consumer Monitoring (CCM).
The latest beta drop, Milestone 5, is one that we've recently installed here in the Blue Medora lab and before the absolute shock of how little time and effort it actually took to get SCMAI up and running and returning data wears off, I wanted to blog about the experience.
The product is remarkable in it's simplicity -- at least as compared to any other monitoring solution you've ever seen from Tivoli before. There are exactly two downloadable installable media files -- one is the SCMAI management server (called the "Fabric") and the other is an agent (called the "Consumer Node") that is intended to be embedded into the base VM image for workloads you are running within VMware vSphere, Amazon EC2, and IBM's own SmartCloud.
In general, SCMAI looks to be aimed at a slightly different customer set that Tivoli's traditional APM offerings -- particularly MSPs as well as companies where a full blown installation of IBM's flagship IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM) application suites isn't ideal for those customers for various reasons. Our view is with SCMAI, IBM is squarely placing Manage Engine, Solarwinds, and CA Nimsoft within it's sights. In future blog posts, we'll be digging into SCMAI in more detail.
In this blog post, I've simply included a pair of videos where I demonstrate how, within 5 minutes, I was able to install and configure it as well as log into the management service and be to actually consume the data. The steps I followed, at a high level, were as follows:
Install the Consumer "agent" on a Amazon EC2 instance
In the video below, you'll find it took a grand total of 70 seconds to launch the AWS console, connect to an EC2 instance running within AWS, and install the SCMAI monitoring agent. Couple of things to note about this video:
That’s it! Once Yum completes installing the RPM, the agent is already running on the Consumer VM. There is nothing else to do.
It actually took less than 1 minute from start to finish to install the SCMAI agent on our Amazon EC2 based VM once we logged into the box.
Install the “Fabric package” management server
In the next video you’ll see the steps required to install the “Fabric” server — ie the management servers for SCMAI. Before you get started you’ll want to review the documentation and make sure all the Linux pre-requisites are in place. Prior to capturing this video, I installed those pre-requisites.
That’s it — less than 5 minutes to install the entire SCMAI product across two distinct servers. Over the next few weeks well be posting a number of other SCMAI focused posts that will cover: