I talked with Iain McKone and Mike Kirk at Halcyon on Monday about Halcyon's Neuron Integration for Sun xVM Ops Center. I knew that they'd come out with a new version of Neuron Integration to interface with Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0, but I didn't know much about what Neuron actually does.
As Iain and Mike explained, their goal with Neuron Integration was pretty simple. There are a lot of customers out there with existing network operating center frameworks - IBM Tivoli, HP Openview, CA Unicenter, or Sun MC, for instance - who like a lot of what Sun xVM Ops Center can do but don't want to stop using their current tools. Halcyon meant for Neuron Integration to fill this gap. One of its biggest features is that it lets you route notifications and alerts from one program to another. So, if you've got Tivoli, you can have all of the notifications from Sun xVM Ops Center show up there.
There are also customers who want to monitor gear that Sun xVM Ops Center doesn't cover or are looking for more detailed data. Neuron Integration is meant to bridge those gaps as well. Using Sun MC agents, Neuron Integration can monitor older generation SPARC systems and hardware from other vendors that Sun xVM Ops Center can't currently monitor. In addition, in the latest release, you can monitor applications and databases using Neuron Agents and send that information to Sun xVM Ops Center or to other tools.
The latest release, which is being released today, also lets you send notifications from other programs into Sun xVM Ops Center. Basically, you choose what monitoring tools you want, and then choose where to funnel their information.
So, in short, if you've got an existing management and monitoring framework that you want to keep using, but are interested in using some of Sun xVM Ops Center's capabilities as well, Neuron Integration is worth a look. There's a Solution Brief and a Readme on their website.
And if you're a partner company that sees a niche with Sun xVM Ops Center, I must point out that Mike said that the resources and support provided to Halcyon as they worked on Neuron were 'fantastic.'