NetPerfector makes AS/400 performance management easy. Although it is imperative to have good knowledge about the reported performance values, the product delivers those values in way that provide you the entire picture, allowing you to quickly react to performance issues, better manage peek times and plan the future on real facts rather than feel safe approach which at the end often cost more than needed without guaranteeing that the proper resources were addressed.
The following highlights the product's features so you can evaluate how NetPerfector can help you.
The Alarm Panel runs on any flavor of windows and you can install an unlimited number of Alarm Panels in your organization. It monitors overall systems performance and alerts you to degradation. NetPerfector comes with a standard set of default parameters for immediate use.
The Alarm Panel receives the information from the AS/400 and displays it in a graphical format. For historical graphs, it sends a request to the AS/400 and waits for the result to become available. When done, the Alarm Panel takes that information and presents it to the user in a graphical form.
For Real Time graphs the Alarm Panel will be asking performance information to the AS/400 every minute. When the data is received it will refresh any Real Time graph that is being displayed and update the alarms.
All Alarm Panel lamps, alarms and graphs definition operations are done within the Alarm Panel, each Alarm Panel can have it's own definitions, if you monitor multiple AS/400s, each AS/400 can have different settings tailored to the specific operational needs of each environment and applications.
There are 18 lamps available on the Netperfector Alarm Panel. The Alarm Panel comes with multiple pre-defined lamps that are defined with a default threshold recommended for most AS/400 systems.
The Alarm Panel provides full customization of the lamps and threshold so the product can be fully flexible and can be tailored to any AS/400 system or MIS Managerís need.
NetPerfector provides 2 major types of graph which are meant to address what we see as two very different performance management needs.
For system monitoring and pro-active reactions to various performance related situations, current graphs show detailed, minute- by-minute information about the last hour. Current graphs automatically refresh every minute so you can quickly react to performance bottlenecks and efficiently take corrective actions.
For performance review, management reporting, capacity planning and trend analysis, historical graphs show summaries of historical data.
Historical graph provide the following categories of performance values:
To drill down on a specific interval, simply click on the graph, on the interval of interest and NetPerfector will automatically present you the interval selected. You can keep drilling down to the smallest available interval.
The new graph is displayed, zooming on the selected interval so you can obtain more precise information.
All NetPerfector graphs can be customized, you can also create new graphs for both current and historical data. The graph definition is very flexible and powerful so you can create the graphs you need so your performance reports become one click away.
comes with several pre-defined graphs, use them as a template for
creating new graphs that may be more specific to your performance
In the graph Definition, you can define :
The following table contains a list of the various performance values available in NetPerfector.
NetPerfector allows extensive configuration options for your graph definitions. In addition to configuring your graphs, you can also manage groups of components to be use as criteria in your graphs definition. The group configuration can be maintained using the NetPerfector Configuration Utility.
The performance data is accumulated on the AS/400 in several data files stored in the NETPFCTR library, information is maintained minute by minute. For some type of performance data, for example job data, performance data is collected for every job that was active during the collection interval. In order to allow you to control how much performance data should be maintained and for how long, you can use the configuration utility to define what we call Summary Rules. Those definitions will be used by the NetPerfector Summarization process that can be scheduled to run on a regular basis so you maintain control on the amount of disk space NetPerfector uses on the AS/400.