Roadmap Preview: OpenSSO Service-Level Monitoring

A few weeks ago I blogged that I would start going in to detail on the OpenSSO roadmap. I've been a bit slow in doing this so no more procrastination on my side. Here's the skinny on service-level monitoring.

The goal of service-level monitoring is to provide standards-based way for systems management solutions to view reports on OpenSSO component behavior, quickly view a dashboard for trends and deloyment status, diagnose problems and set threshhold alarms. OpenSSO was instrumented with the Java Enterprise System Monitoring framework APIs, which is CIM compliant, but we are now expanding it to support SNMP and plain JMX to monitor deployment status.

Within the OpenSSO community we are actively working to develop robust monitoring for large-scale deployments that allows system and network administrators to proactively manage important enterprise assets that range from physical devices to systems and applications. Through our new service-level monitoring capabilities deployers will be able to monitor their deployment health, detect and diagnose problems and use reported metrics to size deployments.

The monitoring solution will use monitoring agents and leverage existing agents such as those provided with OpenDS, GlassFish and the Java Virtual Machine. The mosaic of agents will all reporting management data to a management console, which can aggregate the information and present a single consolidated view for administrators.

Data captured by the OpenSSO monitoring solution will fall into the following categories for each OpenSSO component:

\* Configuration overview : number of servers, auth modules, Realms, agent types, etc
\* Metrics related to resource usage : cache sizes, connection pools, sessions, etc
\* Counts on operations : authentication success/failures, authZ sucess/failures etc
\* Faults and diagnostics : server/agent down, ldap health, connectivity issues, etc
\* Thresholds and alerts : events emitted when certain configured limits are met -- number of authentication failures exceeds limit, number of in-memory session exceeds limit, etc.

The traditional commercial release of service-level monitoring is March 2010, but as you know we support features upon completion in OpenSSO Express Builds the moment they are done, so regularly check the OpenSSO project to "monitor" development status.

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