SCOM, Squared Up and VADA
By Daniele Grandini
Last week I demoed the new Squared Up solution (version 3.1) to our customers the general feedback has been so enthusiast I though a blog post was due and here I am.
We use the Enterprise Application monitoring solution of the Squared Up offering, for the few who don’t know Squared Up, it simply adds web console, dashboarding and extended monitoring on top of SCOM and the solution is so damn good I’m still wondering why Microsoft hasn’t bought the company a while ago.
Of the many features I demoed, two really engaged the audience:
- the application discovery (also known as Visual Application Discovery & Analysis VADA)
- the entity perspectives
VADA basically discovers in real time all the connections an entity is leveraging, both incoming and outgoing, and draws a map for you. This map can be extended stepping from node to node until the entire app architecture is covered. It than can be saved as a distributed application or just used for analysis. We use it especially for the latter case. Anytime we need to operate some change on an “unknown” system, we take a look at VADA to check if there’s any connection we must be aware of. All this process leverages SCOM, so no new agents to deploy or new ports to open.
Just to give you an idea the following are the three steps to discover and analyze our internal SCOM architecture, it just took literally 5′.
Entity perspective are another great feature, basically they are scoped views that let you focus on a specific workload, exposing the key health indicator among the hundreds of information collected by SCOM. The most important thing is that you can create your own perspectives and add your subject knowledge to the SCOM collected data. The following is a builtin perspective for SQL Server.
## New features in version 3.1
Support for Linux discovery:
Cross-platform application discovery (most Linux distros covered)
Application groups / tiers
Logically arrange your discovered servers and devices by role / tier / group
Export as SCOM DA component groups for health roll-up, override management and reporting
Manually add dependencies
Supplement automatic discovery by manually adding servers and devices.
If you’d like to know more about VADA, here are some helpful new resources:
Daniele Grandini has been working in systems management since 1995 and with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) since the days of MOM 2005 and SCOM 2007 TAPs. In 2009 he was first awarded MVP status for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management and he currently leads a team of 13 engineers planning, designing and operating hybrid clouds architectures for Progel spa. He's also one the nicest guys you could hope to meet. Check out his blog & follow him on Twitter to keep up-to-date with his latest community contributions.