What is Netcool/OMNIbus Knowledge Library?

Netcool/OMNIbus Knowledge Library 4.8 is a collection of rules files written to a common standard, and provides unprecedented levels of event correlation and causal analysis for the IBM Tivoli Netcool suite. IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus Knowledge Library 4.8 is positioned to complement the current out-of-the-box event correlation capabilities of IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus (and IBM Tivoli Network Manager IP Edition where available) by enabling enhanced root cause analysis.

Root cause analysis has become an issue of paramount importance for the management of communications and information systems infrastructures. Loosely defined, root cause analysis is the process of making sense of large numbers of alert, status, and information messages (events) which might be generated by such infrastructures.

While some events indicate actual failures that require correction, many others are simply symptoms of the actual failures, or informational messages about normal operations of the infrastructure. Netcool/OMNIbus Knowledge Library 4.8 aims to identify which alarms indicate actual failures, allowing repair efforts to focus on the issues (or root causes) that truly affect the operation of the infrastructure, without the distraction of the symptomatic or information events. The end result is a reduction of Mean Time To Repair and increased system availability.

Important: Beginning with version 2.0, Netcool/OMNIbus Knowledge Library enables the user to refer to vendor related rules files in the snmptrap.rules file. The rules files specific to vendors are available in: $NC_RULES_HOME/include-snmptrap/.