BizTalk server is used in mission critical environments to integrate different applications within the enterprise. While BizTalk server can integrate with multiple applications and provide a one-stop solution for enterprises, it lacks the ability to allow the administrators to monitor the health of connected applications, databases, and disks. The enterprises are forced to rely on external monitoring tools such as System Centre Operations Manager (SCOM), HP Operations Manager (HPOM), IBM Tivoli to monitor the connected applications. Even when they have these "expensive" piece of set up with them, its just not sufficient to monitor the applications. They require the people with knowledge of BizTalk as well as the above tools to set up and use these monitoring tools with BizTalk server. This results in increased overheads for the enterprise to handle the situation.
Monitoring BizTalk Servers Using Microsoft SCOM
Microsoft's SCOM can offer comprehensive monitoring for Windows, UNIX, and Linux systems. SCOM makes use of the technology known as Management Packs (MP). The MP comprises of set of rules that define the way SCOM monitors the server environments. Most of Microsoft's products have their own MP. BizTalk server has its own MP known as BizTalk Server Management Pack. The SCOM administrator must deploy the BizTalk server management pack into SCOM architecture and can turn off the rules that are not relevant for implementation. SCOM can not only be used for monitoring but also monitor the surrounding infrastructure such as SQL, IIS, SAN, and so on, thereby making it a powerful end-to-end monitoring solution.
However, using Microsoft SCOM solely for monitoring BizTalk servers will be a huge overhead for the companies as it requires a dedicated infrastructure, trained administrators who are experienced with using SCOM, training for BizTalk administrators to use the SCOM console, and understand how the alerts are generated for predefined rules.
BizTalk360 understands the problems faced by enterprises and offers an out-of-the-box monitoring solution that assists administrators to monitor the BizTalk environments. BizTalk360 is not just a monitoring solution or does not aim to replace Microsoft SCOM and other monitoring solutions. BizTalk360 can be considered as an end-to-end complete operational tool for BizTalk server (including monitoring) and as a viable option when your organization is either not using SCOM or any other monitoring tools, or struggling to set up SCOM, or simply want to simplify the BizTalk server monitoring challenges. BizTalk360 solves the purpose of being able to monitor BizTalk server solutions in a simple and easy manner.
So What Can BizTalk360 Monitor?
BizTalk360 allows administrators to set up alerts on specific components of BizTalk server such as:
- BizTalk Applications and their Send Ports, Receive Locations, Orchestrations, Service instances
- Event Logs
- NT Services
- System Resources (CPU, Memory)
- SQL Jobs
- Web Endpoints
- Message Box Viewer Errors and Warnings
- Host instances (normal, clustered)
In addition to the above, BizTalk360 also covers middleware (BizTalk) specific monitoring requirements like process/transaction volume monitoring, negative monitoring (ex: monitoring stopped state, rather than started state) etc.
BizTalk360 monitoring is designed and built from the ground up keeping BizTalk server monitoring requirements in mind. Simplicity and time to configure are paramount in the design process.
What Are The Notification Channels Available?
Out of the box, BizTalk360 comes with email and SMS notifications. You can also take advantage of the HP Operation manager integration to send notifications directly to HPOM console. You can also integrate with other monitoring solutions like SCOM, Solarwinds, ManageEngine, Nagios etc using the event viewer bridge.