20 November 2014 blogs 4 min read
We recently held two webinars highlighting the new features of our newest release of Live Maps – Savision’s flagship solution. The webinar was hosted by Savision’s co-founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink. If you missed the webinar, we now have the on-demand version available.
For those of you that are still becoming familiar with our solution, Live Maps Unity helps you transform Microsoft System Center into a plug-and-play Business Service Management solution, in which you can use service dashboards, service maps and component maps to monitor the health of a service from different perspectives: the end users, the underlying infrastructure components, and applications. This enables you to quickly pinpoint the exact cause of a problem and subsequently determine the business impact and prioritize its solution.
The new version of Live Maps, which was unveiled at TechEd Europe in Barcelona, includes the following:
During our two Live Maps Release webinars, several questions were raised during the Q&A session, and we thought we would share them with you in case you also have the same questions regarding Live Maps Unity and its new features.
Q1: Can Live Maps integrate with other products (BMC / Tivoli / other APM products)?
Not today. Today we are relying on SCOM but that’s something that’s going to change towards the future. We are constantly innovating our solutions, so there will definitely be more news to come early next year, so stay tuned because we will for sure keep you up to date.
Q2: How is the “Business Service Map” created and maintained? (Automated, custom)? How does it work with elastic internal cloud patterns?
Create and maintain is within the authoring console, and you can make it work with elastic environments if you have a management pack for AWS for example. Those objects live in SCOM, so you have either virtual machines or websites. The following example is based on an ‘Order Entry’ service.
Live Maps Authoring Console- Dynamic Lists.
Within the Live Maps Authoring console you can define a pattern. For example here we have an example of a Dynamic Rule where you can say ‘Show me all websites’ where ‘display name equals’- in this case- ‘order entry’.
Live Maps Authoring Console- Dynamic Rules. (Click on image to enlarge).
You can go quite deep with those rules, we have advanced patterns available but we basically filter upon discovered properties. If your object has a property that can track it back to your application, you can support those kind of elastic situations. Of course, we do rely today on the data in SCOM so you need a management pack for AZURE or AWS or any other cloud provider to discover those new instances and get them monitored, but once they are in SCOM you can use those dynamic patterns to update your service one.
Q3: Does the inclusion of the Performance widget have a bigger hit on the management server that you are running Live Maps from?
No, because it uses stored procedures in the data warehouse rather than querying performance data via the SDK to retrieve the data so the load on the management server and the SDK is really light.
Q4: For .NET Application Discovery, can the frequency be configured or is it run at a set time?
The frequency is now scheduled once a day and this is stored in a sealed management pack, but we are planning to make this configurable in the future.
If you have more questions about Live Maps Unity or any of our other solutions that you would like to have answered, don’t hesitate to contact us. Just send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our experts will be more than happy to assist you.
In the meantime, feel free to check out our other resources and don’t miss next week’s blog, where we will discuss more about how our Business Service and Cloud Management solutions can help you simplify your business life.