AAG Nagios Monitoring for IBM i

High Availability / Disaster Recovery
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Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd, leading providers of High Availability Software for IBM i today announced their new solution AAG – At A Glance – Nagios Monitoring for IBM i.

AAG is a premier solution to integrate IBM i into any Nagios monitoring configuration. This plugin has been developed by Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd and already includes more than 65 check commands, with additional content being developed constantly. AAG provides an exceptional number of data points and is a natural complement to both; your HA4i High Availability, and EM4i monitoring solutions. With the choice of a simplified or detailed view, this suite provides an efficient, simple to use overview of your infrastructure’s status.

Chris Hird, Shield’s Director says, “High Availability software is only part of the solution in today’s distributed solutions, ensuring the system is always available requires notification of any system events that could impede application processing or lead to a system loss. This is not only pertinent for the production system but also for the recovery system, we have seen several occasions where an unmonitored recovery system has been offline for a significant period of time due to a lack of early warning monitoring.

Nagios is a well-known player in the Enterprise Monitoring Solution market but has very little IBM i integration, even with the community plugins provided. At Shield Advanced Solutions we looked initially at the available plugins provided to add monitoring of the IBM i to Nagios but soon decided that an alternative approach would be required, this resulted in a new agent for the IBM i and a new plugin for Nagios.”

AAG is the solution which comprises of the IBM i LPP, Nagios server and the Nagios plugin for IBM i, while NG4i is the IBM i responder application that provides the data back to AAG. NG4i is provided as an IBM LPP. Configuration of IBM i instances can be achieved in minutes using the scripts provided.

Key Benefits

  • Easy set up and installation
  • Monitors 65+ data points
  • Seamless integration with any Nagios Server
  • Provides integrated view of your IBM i status
  • Highly scalable
  • HA4i/EM4i specific monitors
  • Automated initial system configuration
  • Secure connections via SSL Certificates
  • Alert distribution via Email and Pushover Notifications
  • Pre-built Linux IMG for plug and play installation

AAG requires Nagios Server (Linux based), IBM I OS v 7.1 or higher, and 577OSS1 option 34 DCM (for secure connections). AAG is sold as a subscription-based solution, Shield offers a complete plug and play solution, or AAG may be installed by your own team. For further information check our Website and AAG flyer under What’s New. For the technical gen. visit Simply i blog. Connect with Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd to arrange a demo or follow Shield’s LinkedIn page to hear about product enhancements.

Shield is an IBM Silver Business Partner demonstrating leadership in the High Availability field and providing simple-to-use solutions for the IBM i marketplace for nearly a quarter of a century.

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Shield has been providing products and services for the IBM i and all of its predecessors such as AS/400, I5 and System I for over 20 years. The products we have developed for the High Availability and Disaster Recovery market are based on years of experience implementing other company solutions and incorporates feedback from existing clients. This has enabled us to bring to market a suite of products designed to meet the most demanding IBM I environments around the world. Our current clients confirm we put them first. Shield provides support that goes above and beyond our stated service level and we deliver products with features that are only found in products costing a great deal more. Our products encompass the latest technology available from IBM for IBM I and continue to improve as they release new enhancements.

To find out more about Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd and its products see their listings in the MC Showcase Buyer's Guide.

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