Solace Monitoring with RTView: On-Premise, as AMI, or in the Cloud


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The Solace Unified Message Broker has rapidly emerged as the one of the “best in class” platforms for important high-volume messaging applications. Robust features such as publish/subscribe, queuing, request/reply and streaming across hybrid cloud environments make Solace uniquely flexible and capable in demanding situations.

There is just one small problem … monitoring the health, performance, and capacity utilization of these systems. The Solace Admin Utility can provide access to configuration data and display metrics such as current message flows. Unfortunately, if you want to see what happened an hour ago or quickly compare traffic across 5 different routers you are out of luck.

RTView for Solace Monitoring: four RTView options 

RTView Solace Monitor provides Solace support teams with a production-ready high-performance monitoring system that can be deployed on-premise or as an Amazon AMI. Users can be up and running quickly since the service requires minimal configuration and provides pre-built monitoring displays and pre-configured alerts.

One of the biggest challenges facing integration and middleware support teams is the ever-expanding number of middleware platforms such as TIBCO, Solace, Kafka, and IBM MQ. Each comes with its own admin tool and limited monitoring capabilities. These platforms are increasingly deployed on different cloud platforms. Application and middleware support teams generally prefer a single platform to centralize monitoring and alerting. With RTView Cloud, these teams have centralized visibility across multiple technologies and cloud platforms, enabling them to be more proactive in identifying and resolving issues.

Here is a quick look at some of the Solace monitoring displays, alerting, and custom display capabilities in RTView.

Overview displays provide views into the health state of the environment

In RTView Cloud, the Solace Router Overview provides a standardized way to view both current key performance metrics as well as historical metrics. It also provides information on warning and current alerts. With the Top 10 bars chart object, users can sort on several key metrics for each message router including:

  • number of VPNs
  • number of clients connected
  • number of spooled messages
  • number of endpoints with spooled messages

The trend graph area of the display provides historical data for user-selected time periods for:

  • client traffic
  • spool messages
  • memory

The Solace PubSub+ Event Broker and PubSub+ Message Broker heatmap is a high-level real-time view of the health of your entire Solace environment. It is a great way to monitor issues by exception and drill down to the underlying component.

Users are able to select from several key metrics including alert severity, alert count, # of message spooled, messages sent rates, and messages received rates. In this default initial view, the color indicates alert severity and the size of the rectangle shows the number of VPNs running on the router.

RTView Cloud uses a hybrid architecture so all monitoring data stays in the user’s environment and behind the firewall. That can be on-premise, in Cloud platforms, or a hybrid combination.

Auto-generated network diagrams 

One of the innovative capabilities of RTView for Solace implementations is automatically generated neighbors and bridges diagrams. This visual approach provides an intuitive layout of the entire Solace estate, regardless of where components may be running. Users can see health state for PubSub+ Event Brokers and PubSub+ Message Brokers and drill down to see performance details. Users also have the option of drilling down on a component and opening the Solace admin UI directly to perform administrative functions on that Solace component as needed.

Alerting 

A number of pre-built alerts are provided for Solace. Users are able to drill down on any alert to view alert detail for a configurable period of history as well as a list of recent alerts for that particular component. This enables users to understand if an alert is a spike or a trend over time.

Support for custom displays

RTView Cloud users can extend out-of-box functionality with completely custom displays using RTDraw, the RTView Cloud Designer. This enables end users to view important metrics for complex applications in highly intuitive ways. Displays are created, collaborated on, and published from any modern web browser. And absolutely no programming is required.

In this example, you can monitor a distributed deployment of appliances and VMRs across 3 different cloud platforms and an on-premise environment. Users identify alert conditions and drill down to component detail.

 

For more information about RTView Solace Monitoring or to start a free trial, click here.

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