Managing custom data streams

From the Z Common Data Provider Configuration Tool, you can manage custom data stream definitions. For example, you might want to create custom SMF data stream definitions, or application data stream definitions for your own applications, so that you can add these data streams to your policy.

Before you begin

For information about how to run the Configuration Tool, see Running the Configuration Tool.

About this task

You must create a stream definition for each custom data type (analogous to types such as SMF record type 30 or z/OS® SYSLOG) from which you want to collect operational data.

These stream definitions are used to populate the Configuration Tool with your data streams, which you can then use in your policy. For example, in the Policy Profile Edit window of the Configuration Tool, when you click the Add Data Stream icon Add Data Stream icon to add a data stream to your policy, the Select data stream window is shown with a list of categorized data streams. You can expand the categories to view the possible data streams that you can define for the policy. After you create your custom data stream definitions, your custom data streams are included in this categorized list.

You can create the following two categories of custom data stream definition:
System Data Engine data stream definition
Specifies a data stream for a type of data that is gathered by the System Data Engine.
Application data stream definition
Specifies a data stream for a type of user application data.

After you create an application data stream definition, you use the Open Streaming API to send your application data to the Data Streamer and stream it to analytics platforms. For more information, see Sending user application data to the Data Streamer.