General purpose performance analyzer and collector?
SNMP protocol is so interesting. With that you are able to “trap” a lot of parameters about network devices. Generally it used to monitoring servers, switch or any other device that are on classical IT infrastructure or it used to collect performance parameters, too. But…
…but there are a lot of other area (not strictly IT competence) that have a lot of network (and heterogeneous) devices that they expose a lot of interesting parameters to collect.
Generally monitoring and performance tools are designed to collect information for servers, switch, ups, application, …
Well, is there a product that can acquire parameters through SNMP and, at the same time, is flexible and specially is cross “area”?
We needed a product to collect performance parameters (and some value, too) from a lot of different devices. Like servers, applications, network devices, general purpose probes, PLC, and any other devices used in industrial plants.
Market search answer do not satisfied our necessity, and…
We realized that!
We haven’t invented nothing, we have devised “only” a new approach!
P-Miner is our idea of general purpose performance and “value” collector. It’s based on a series of embedded modules that can acquire any type of metrics from any type of SNMP-devices through the lan.
The innovation is that the system contain a special expression language that can permit to acquire, correlate and analyze different kind of data.
With this approach the system may read a value (throw SNMP MIB) and afterwards elaborate and represent its in a suitable mode. Also…
With similar regular expression you may set alarms condition on captured data, like this
All data, alarms, errors and so could be viewed in two graphical mode. The first is a view with value plotted on a various time interval diagram.
The second view, called “synoptic view”, represents items status.
Items status are defined with preconfigured rules or personal rules (via regular expressions). With this view, in a single sight, P-Miner show which device are not working properly or is in the state that pay attention. Operators can tag any items to create a small and basically history of device.
Obviously, P-Miner is completely configurable and is Vendor independent. Specific vendor probe are not necessary, you can build your probe simply with SNMP query analyzer and regular expression.
Actually P-Miner is on-line in some customers and collect metrics on Microsoft/Linux servers and Microsoft/java application servers, switches, PLC, UPS and automation applications in critical environment, specially in industrial plants.