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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baselining and dynamic thresholds features in Fluke and Tivoli tools

I have just attended two demo sessions about Fluke VPM and Tivoli Monitoring tools and both presentations included the following new features related to performance Exception Detection technology:

1. Fluke (NetFlow Tracker - http://www.skomplekt.com/pdf/PerformanceAndScalability(fnet).pdf)
- Baselined alarms trigger when normal usage is exceeded.
- Automatically choose a threshold using a baseline, or manually specify.
- Tracker baselines individual elements of a report, not just the total.
- Baseline can be static (learn once) or update weekly (learn every week).

2. Tivoli Monitoring Version 6.2.2 ( http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v15r1/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.itm.doc_6.2.2/new_version622.htm)
- The bar chart, plot chart, and area chart have a new "Add Monitored Baseline" tool for selecting a situation to compare with the current sampling and anticipated values. The plot chart and area chart also have a new "Add Statistical Baseline" tool with statistical functions. In addition, the plot chart has a new Add Historical Baseline tool for comparing current samplings with a historical period.
- Situation overrides for dynamic thresholding.

That is interesting as I personally discussed with Tivoli team possibility to add SEDS like features to Tivoli tools just before I left IBM (about 3 years ago). It looks like they finally have implemented some elements of that technology!

I will be playing with all those features soon and plan to add more comment about how that works.