Aug 28, 2006
mom: jalasoft demonstration...
well, i met w/ jalasoft recently along with a couple of other community folks. the folks did a presentation on their xian product and integration with mom. if you're a mom shop, in need of rounding out your monitoring by tapping into your network devices, i would encourage taking a look at their product line. the first thing i'd like to address is the ui. it's, unfortunately, not wrapped into the mom console but modeled a lot like it. so, for usability factors (if you think the mom console is usable), it's at least not something so far out that you have to learn a whole new monitoring system. it seems fairly intuitive... but again, i was watching a guided demo. i'm not sure about the pricing. the product looks polished though. other than utilizing the administrative console separately, xian has a MP pack and reports that come with it. this makes the look and feel tie right into MOM. don't have to worry about having to look at a separate ops console to see the relevant data. speaking of data, i believe that the collection method is snmp. it picks up a robust amount of data. because of this, a lot of the rules for networking gear (pre-configured) have their rules disabled. this will require some activity (otherwise known as communication) between you and the network team to get the salient rules turned on. jalasoft's reasoning for this was pretty sound. there's so much data, you'll be overwhelmed if the rules came out of the box turned on. of course, in an act of spite, you could send all the emails to the networking group, who coincidentally don't think any problems are theirs. :) i guess that's all i have on that for now... at least until i get it in a lab.