Installing, configuring, and managing Z APM Connect Distributed Gateway

Z APM Connect Distributed Gateway (Z APM Connect DG) is a required processing component to trace calls from services on z/OS. This component acts as a bridge between the Z APM Connect tracing components and the Instana backend. Its primary function is to receive trace data from different Z APM Connect tracing components, ensure the data is correctly formatted, and then send it to the Instana backend. The Z APM Connect DG component must be installed on a distributed system or in an OpenShift or Kubernetes cluster with connectivity to your monitored z/OS® systems and APM vendors.

To adapt to various environments, two installation options are offered to install Z APM Connect Distributed Gateway (Z APM Connect DG). You can choose the option that meets your needs:

Tip: For production purposes, it is recommended to deploy Distributed Gateway images in either an OpenShift or CNCF Kubernetes cluster. The cluster deployment ensures optimal performance and scalability, especially when dealing with large volumes of trace data that needs to be processed.

  • Installing on a Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform cluster or a Kubernetes cluster

    Z APM Connect DG cluster deployment is used to deploy in your preexisting OpenShift Container Platform cluster or Kubernetes cluster. You can easily deploy it by editing the values file, and deploy with or without Helm support. For detailed steps, see Deploying Z APM Connect DG in a cluster.

  • Installing on a distributed Linux® environment with Docker standalone

    The Z APM Connect DG Docker images are provided to simplify the installation. With the Docker images, you can create a Docker container that includes everything that is needed for Z APM Connect DG to run, including an operating system and the related dependencies. After this accelerated installation, you need to use the ./zapmctl script with command line arguments to configure Z APM Connect DG. For detailed information about installing and configuring, see Installing Z APM Connect DG with Docker standalone.