Understand Traffic Patterns and Protect System Availability with IntelliMagic Vision
TCP/IP is the core of the communication for the z/OS mainframe, both for traffic into and out of the mainframe and internal communication among z/OS images and processor complexes. Proper management is necessary to secure and protect system availability.
Automatically Monitor Mainframe Network Security and Protect Your Data
When managing TCP/IP for z/OS, questions arise such as:
- Performance – Is the workload properly balanced across the available interfaces?
- Network health – Are there errors as a result of physical or logical configuration issues?
- Security – Are encrypted connections always being used as expected?
IntelliMagic Vision automatically generates GUI-based, interactive, IBM best-practice compliant rated reports that proactively identify areas that indicate potential upcoming risk to TCP/IP health, performance, and security. And using the highly flexible drill-down capabilities of IntelliMagic Vision, this data can be analyzed from the address space (socket) level, port number (protocol) level, or physical interface level.
Monitor OSA Channels and HiperSockets
IntelliMagic Vision provides insight into physical interfaces, including OSA channels and HiperSockets that are used for communication between LPARs. While the increase in utilization in this example isn’t a problem for availability (green), the change observed may warrant further investigation and could be related to unnecessary increases in other areas of the infrastructure.
Dashboards of seemingly unrelated metrics can quickly be assembled and shared. One view for performance, network, storage, MQ, CICS, and DB2 to enable collaboration across the enterprise. For instance, this example incorporates type 30 address space consumption, TCP/IP traffic rates, including traffic by Encryption Cipher type. Specific visibility into client and server IP address are also available.