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RTView Enterprise 5.3 Featured Product Updates

The latest release of RTView® Enterprise includes several new user experience enhancements for alerting, security, and visualization. These are featured updates, not a complete update list. For the complete list, please read the Release Notes. Platform Enhancements New Custom Display Designer RTView Enterprise has been enhanced to include the Custom Display Designer (CDD). The CDD enables administrators…

Webinar: Kafka – Tamed! 9 Steps to Manage your Adoption Risk

Kafka-dependent Applications Require Active Monitoring Kafka architecture is more complicated than traditional messaging systems and it requires implementing and managing a different set of components.These additional components will pose increased risk to your critical business applications if not properly monitored. Some of these risks include: Risk of failure due to increased complexity and potential points…

7 Reasons to Extend Your TIBCO RTView Monitors with RTView Enterprise

Many organizations have licensed RTView TIBCO middleware monitors through TIBCO, an SL partner. These single technology monitors are built specifically for: TIBCO BusinessWorks 5, 6 and Container Edition (CE) TIBCO EMS TIBCO BusinessEvents TIBCO ActiveSpaces 4 each monitoring that particular technology. Middleware support teams often struggle with visibility into what some refer to as the…

RTView Enterprise 5.1 Featured Product Updates

RTView Enterprise 5.1 was recently released. Here are some featured updates. For the complete list of updates, please read the Release Notes. New Alert Notification User Interface Alert Notifications have been enhanced to support several new actions and a better configuration interface. For each notification, you can select one or more of the following actions:…

From the Cloud to the Edge

Funny how everything eventually comes full circle. A mere thirty-some years ago, the state of the art was client-server computing where one or more client nodes were directly connected to a central server. As much as enterprise companies embraced client-server, there were limitations: data integrity risks, scalability, but more importantly network traffic processing. When high…

TIBCO Middleware Monitoring – Overcoming the Unique Challenges

Monitoring and alerting for integration middleware applications can be tricky  This blog post summarizes several highlights and related video excerpts from a recent Webinar. Click Here to view the entire recording. TIBCO Integration middleware is made up of multiple inter-operating products. 3 different flavors of BusinessWorks, EMS, FTL, BusinessEvents, ActiveSpaces, ActiveMatrix, TIBCO Adapters, Flogo, and…

TIBCO RTView 7.0 Monitors – Featured Product Updates

Here’s what’s new in TIBCO RTView Enterprise 7.0, TIBCO middleware monitors that are resold by TIBCO. These are featured updates, not a complete update list, and apply to the following products: TIBCO RTView® for TIBCO BusinessWorks™ (Container Edition, BW6, and BW5) TIBCO RTView® for TIBCO Enterprise Message Service™ TIBCO RTView® for TIBCO BusinessEvents™ New HTML 5 User Interface…

RTView Enterprise 5.0 Featured Product Updates

Here’s what’s new in RTView Enterprise 5.0. These are featured updates, not a complete update list. For the complete list, please read the Release Notes. New HTML 5 User Interface RTView 5.0 now includes an optional HTML5 UI in addition to the classic UI. The new UI displays are built to be highly responsive and…

How Real-time Do You Need Your IoT Data Visualization To Be?

SL participated at the recent IoT World Conference in Santa Clara. It was an exciting event for us for two reasons: We demonstrated our RTView Cloud integration with Software AG Cumulocity IoT platform in the SAG booth. SL provides a custom Cumulocity data visualization solution that enables Cumulocity users to create and deploy custom visual…

“Marriage made in RTView”; IoT and Enterprise Messaging Systems

By now we are all used to or at least partly used to “Smart” things in our lives. Whether its phones, electrical appliances, cars, homes, buildings or the city itself—they all are becoming smarter by the day. A couple of years ago, in the town where my friend lives, the utility company installed Smart Energy…

Create a Real-Time Information Portal in WordPress

WordPress.com empowers millions of businesses, bloggers, and online stores to build a beautiful website that meets their unique needs. However, even with all the powerful plugins and special features, it is not that easy to include real-time information in the pages or blogs you create. In this piece, we discuss how RTView® can be used to…

SL Announces Monitoring as a Service for Dell Boomi with RTView Cloud for Middleware Monitoring

November 5, 2018 – Boomi World 2018, Las Vegas, NV – SL now provides proactive Dell Boomi monitoring to maximize uptime and reduce the time required to address incidents. The solution consists of pre-built dashboards and alerts for monitoring Dell Boomi.  With dozens of pre-defined alerts and pre-built monitoring displays, users can quickly deploy a powerful monitoring…

Monitoring as a Hybrid SaaS Service for TIBCO Middleware

Last month, we announced the availability of RTView Cloud for TIBCO middleware monitoring at TIBCO’s annual user conference in Las Vegas, TIBCO NOW. This was an exciting event for us. RTView Cloud is an important addition to the RTView product line because it provides several new capabilities for TIBCO users that were not previously available…

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

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,…

Middleware Monitoring as a Service is Available for Apache Kafka

We were excited to launch our new Apache Kafka monitoring as a hybrid service this week. Kafka is the first of several middleware integration technologies to be released for monitoring with the new RTView Cloud for Middleware Monitoring service. SL will announce added support for Solace monitoring and TIBCO monitoring over the next few weeks.…

Be Proactive – Be the IT Superhero!

You build, deploy and/or support “big money” applications at your company. Does the thought of Sev 1 incidents affecting those applications keep you up at night? Do your nightmares involve incident alarms going off, faces of angry bosses and getting caught with no quick resolution? Do you dream of being the IT Superhero, seamlessly keeping…

SL RTView Enables Easier Monitoring of Solace Hybrid Cloud Deployments

SL and Solace have been working together for over a year now to perfect a monitoring solution for both Solace messaging appliances and Solace VMRs.  Solace monitoring with RTView®is now available for a free 30-day trial as an Amazon AMI download. Monitoring Solace VMRs in the cloud is easy.  Just “download” our Amazon AMI, start it…

The New Wave of Splunk Collaboration

Have you ever found the perfect solution to your problem – and then be told that you can’t use that solution because YOUR company uses a DIFFERENT solution? One that doesn’t address YOUR particular problem? We hear that a lot. And it makes us SAD to know that we could solve your problem if it…

BYOD – Bring Your Own Data to the RTView Sandbox

In our last two blog posts, we’ve talked about how you can start a free trial. With no installation. Using our hosted, pre-configured sandbox environments for TIBCO, Oracle or IBM. We discussed extending your RTView Sandbox to include additional technologies relevant to YOUR environment, Now, with just a little extra effort, we can bring in…

Resource Monitoring vs. Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

Is middleware resource monitoring the same thing as APM? No – but it is highly complementary with APM and organizations generally need both for complex, large-scale application environments that depend on middleware. End to end resource monitoring is fundamentally different. We see four general categories in the enterprise monitoring landscape:  Low-level infrastructure monitoring, often open…

Monitor TIBCO BusinessWorks in Splunk (with RTView)

Just a quick update for you Splunk users out there. We have made significant progress on our RTView integration with Splunk – allowing users to monitor TIBCO BusinessWorks in Splunk. We’ve created a plug-in that monitors TIBCO BusinessWorks performance and availability by leveraging RTView’s backend to feed Splunk’s front-end. RTView for Splunk is the perfect solution…

Downtime Events Take Center Stage

It’s pretty obvious that when your applications go down, they often cost you money. Lots of money according to a recent report from analyst firm Quocirca titled Master of Machines III – Mitigating the Impact of Critical IT Events. Pete Goldin of APMdigest provided a recent write-up based on the Quocirca study in his blog, Critical…

When is it too early to think about monitoring?

Originally Published on APMdigest In a word, “NEVER”. I’ve heard people say that they are super busy with production deployments and fast-moving projects. They haven’t had much time to think about a performance monitoring strategy for their new applications. But waiting until your applications are already in production is a mistake. However, it’s one that…

What the heck is a BusinessWorks 6 AppSlice anyway?

That’s what a colleague asked when creating some new materials to promote our new TIBCO BusinessWorks 6 monitoring capabilities within RTView Enterprise Monitor® and TIBCO® RTView® Monitor for BusinessWorks System. More importantly, “What the heck is an AppSlice used for”? We know that an AppNode is a JVM process that hosts applications created in TIBCO…

Don’t forget about the TIBCO Adapters. We didn’t.

In our quest to expand visibility into the TIBCO world, we are adding  monitoring for TIBCO Adapters to our lineup of solution packages. Monitoring TIBCO-powered applications may start with BusinessWorks and EMS performance, but it doesn’t end there.  Although these are the main pieces that handle the business logic and transport of information in and out…

Integrating RTView Metrics and Alerts with Splunk

TIBCO middleware is at the heart of many mission-critical applications, but options for bringing TIBCO performance metrics into Splunk have been very limited. SL, the defacto leader in TIBCO performance monitoring, has created an integration allowing Splunk to import performance data from the most popular TIBCO middleware products, directly from SL’s RTView data server. Complementing…

Deploying RTView in Docker Containers

Recently, there has been increasing excitement about Docker, an open platform for the distributed and automated deployment of application services. Docker takes advantage of the powerful Linux “container” technology that has been around for a long time, but not widely used until now. The modular architecture and lightweight footprint of RTView makes it perfectly suited…

Monitoring the TIBCO-Powered Enterprise with RTView

Many SL customers have successfully deployed stand-alone RTView products, such as TIBCO EMS or BW Monitor, Oracle Coherence Monitor, or the RTView CORE Development Tools. We are often asked what additional value does RTView Enterprise Monitor provide to complement these stand-alone products? We created a detailed white paper that describes five specific benefits in using…

Analytics on RTView Data Using R

“R” has become the tool of choice for data scientists around the world for a variety of reasons. First, the language simply and powerfully expresses vector and matrix operations so you can interactively manipulate and explore your data from the command line. If you find yourself doing the same sequence of operations over and over, it’s…

Successfully Orchestrating Large-Scale TIBCO-Centric Applications

I continue to be impressed by the success of TIBCO’s BusinessWorks (BW) integration platform in large-scale banking, e-commerce, logistics, and insurance applications. Enterprise developers combine BW with TIBCO Enterprise Messaging System (EMS) to create their largest and most important customer facing applications — also known as “big money apps”. BW’s continued momentum comes from its…

Monitoring TIBCO ActiveSpaces

TIBCO ActiveSpaces appears to be gaining traction in the marketplace for in-memory data grids against competitors like Oracle Coherence as well as open source alternatives. For many E-Commerce applications it offers an effective solution for session caching, optimizing access to database content, and data replication on a large scale. In these systems, scaling is achieved…

Rubies or Legos for Application Support Groups

When my son was about 6 years old, he spent some time watching Home Shopping Network at his grandmother’s house. A little later he announced that, for his next birthday, he wanted a Burmese Ruby in a Marquise Cut. I hated to disappoint him, but he ended up with a big box of Legos instead.…

RTView For TIBCO – More Than APM

RTView provides industrial-strength real-time monitoring of many different technologies, especially the middleware, app servers, and data grids used to integrate large scale complex applications. While RTView offers many of the Application Performance Monitoring features (APM) defined by Gartner, most people are not aware of how much business value RTView provides as a solution far beyond…

RTView For Oracle – More Than OEM

Load-balanced, parallel, and complex … these words apply to the large-scale, distributed, mission-critical applications built on top of Oracle middleware components like WebLogic and Coherence. The resulting systems can be highly functional and scalable, but also very fragile. The probability of failure increases exponentially with complexity. Many large organizations are dependent on these applications for…

Why Correlation is the Key to Contextual Visualization

Advanced monitoring solutions must correlate the items that have dependencies and employ advanced visualization techniques to quickly perform analysis and take actions. The challenge with enterprise application monitoring platforms is that there are just too many differing points of information that must be looked at to capture the system as a whole. Without correlation, you…

Dive into RTView Enterprise Monitor 1.5

How do you decide what makes a great product release?  For me, there are two main drivers that bubble new features to the top of every release of RTView Enterprise Monitor: Provide access to more actionable data Facilitate ease of use While it is an obvious step to include crucial missing metrics, the trick is…

Avoid These Two Monitoring Architecture Traps

As an enterprise architect with 20+ years of experience, I have witnessed many seemingly simple deployment architectures that have come back to bite clients once they are scaled from POC to enterprise-wide deployments. Often, they are forced to live with the choices for many years so I’d like to share some best practices with you…

Business Value: A Nice To Have ?

With every new year, we see a flood of research notes, articles and blog posts regarding the latest IT strategic priorities. This year, these priorities range from analytics, to single transaction platforms, to cloud and mobile strategies, etc. However, it is rare to see a list that includes, as a top priority, improvements to the…

How Real-Time Do You Want To Be ?

In his recent post in The Virtualization Practice, Bernd Harzog hits the nail on the head with Real-Time Monitoring: Almost Always a Lie. Here, Bernd points out that, in contrast to marketing claims that a monitoring solution is real-time, the fact is that multiple stages of data collection, processing and distribution introduce significant delays that dramatically limit…

The CMDB of the Future

(NOTE: This post appeared in the January 13 issue of APMdigest) The complex software applications that run modern businesses are often referred to as “mission-critical” and must be kept running 24×7. Unfortunately, the complexity of these applications is often so great that keeping them in a healthy state can be challenging, to say the least. The…

Big Data – Not Just an Amorphous Blob

There are not many people who know that the number of atoms in the earth is almost exactly the square root of a googol (1.3 x 10^50) … which also means that if every atom inside the earth were itself an entire earth, the total atoms nested within would be about one googol. A somewhat…

The Internet – Kali’s Playground

Kali is the hindu Goddess of Time and Change. Some fear her as the Goddess of Destruction, but devotees of Kali know she has a dual nature. In layman terms, change requires destruction so new things can be born. For well over a decade, Kali has been playing in the internet. We have seen the…

Advanced TIBCO Monitoring with RTView

Most people in the TIBCO community have heard of RTView by now. TIBCO resells a subset of the RTView product line to complement its EMS and BW products. But most users are not aware of the extent to which the RTView provides a comprehensive solution to many of the biggest monitoring challenges facing organizations today.…

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The holiday season is sneaking up on us, and we take great pleasure in answering at once this communication below (from Virginia): – Dear Editor: I am a newbie to monitoring critical business applications. – Some of my little friends say there is no way I can monitor everything automatically and have all my work…

Enterprise Application Monitoring: The Business Value

It is easy to pull out the long list of features that a product must have to address the challenges inherent in monitoring a large estate of critical business applications across an enterprise. But I won’t do that to you here. Everyone knows monitoring is important. If your apps run slowly or crash, you lose…

What Failed: My App or my Infrastructure ?

Matthew, a talented Application Support guy, is shown in the image to the left enjoying a relaxing day at the beach. When his boss calls, he manages to craft something of a smile, but my guess is that he is not very happy right now. He is going to be even less happy a few…

RTView at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld is big … so big that, as a visitor, it’s real easy to get completely overwhelmed. After a while, all the vendors sound so much alike that it becomes impossible to remember who solves this problem or that problem, or if there was even a problem in the first place. This poses a…

RTView and Oracle Enterprise Manager

We often get asked the following question. “What is the difference between RTView and Oracle Enterprise Manager … if I already have OEM, why would I need RTView” ? Oracle has a decent product in OEM. It provides lifecycle management for the entire Oracle stack and can collect some monitoring data from running servers. The…

Oops, We Forgot to Monitor That Server

As the owner of a critical application on which your business depends, how many times have you heard something like “Oops, we forgot to set up monitoring on that server?” Usually this is heard a short while after the application has crashed and shut out all your customers. The outage most likely was due to…

Imagine: A World With No Log Files

I like to balance my time between thinking about how to deal with the problems of the present and what we can do better in the future. This is of particular interest when it comes to the problem (or curse) of log files. My view on this subject is pretty simple. See the image to…

Don’t Waste (Expensive) Developers’ Time

By Tom Lubinski on 06/12/2013 SL has been a supplier of monitoring solutions for complex applications for a very long time. In this role, we’ve asked hundreds of highly-skilled developers of these apps as well as the business owners about problems they face on a day-to-day basis. While their answers are all over the map,…

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