The importance of efficient monitoring cannot be over emphasized. Various monitoring solutions have been in existence for some time now but not until the arrival of MOM has a solution been developed that covers the range of software that MOM does, that organizations need! The days of guaranteeing 99.9 percent uptime on paper only are over; customers (be it internal or external) demand a high level of uptime for their systems. Like a production line, companies are beginning to formulate figures for how much money they lose if their systems go down; the importance of uptime continues to grow.
MOM provides excellent monitoring capabilities, which we explore in this chapter. With each management pack (MP) that you download and install, you obtain the ability to effectively monitor that MP's target software. We cover the following topics in this chapter:
Defining alerts, events, and tasks
Working with alerts, events, performance graphs, and tasks in the Operator Console(s)
Using the Web Reporting Console
Advanced monitoring topics