Introducing the DataPower ActiveGate monitoring plugin

For a significant portion of Dynatrace customers, IBM DataPower Gateways provide mission-critical service/application integration, security, and control functionality. We recognize the power of these devices and are constantly at work to expand the breadth of our monitoring coverage to address our customer’s most pressing needs. The challenge with monitoring security-related technologies such as DataPower is their inhospitality to agent-based monitoring approaches.

Building upon the foundational work of the ActiveGate plugin framework, we’re pleased to announce the availability of DataPower monitoring through the DataPower ActiveGate plugin.

DataPower technology overview

Prerequisites

  • A DataPower appliance with the XML Management Interface enabled
  • Dynatrace ActiveGate deployed: Windows-based ActiveGate version 1.147+, Linux-based ActiveGate version 1.155 (SaaS) or 1.156 (Managed)
  • Connectivity from the ActiveGate where the plugin will run to DataPower on the port of the XML Management Interface

What’s included

Every 60 seconds, using the DataPower extension, Dynatrace remotely ingests all of the most crucial data from your DataPower devices. But data, without context and insights, is just noise. Data from the DataPower extension is continuously ingested, analyzed, and utilized by the Dynatrace platform in order to enable you to answer one of the most critical questions related to your environment—how are my DataPower instances performing? DataPower monitoring with Dynatrace helps you separate the signal from the noise.

DataPower

From service availability to network throughput and CPU load, metrics from your DataPower instances give the Dynatrace platform real-time insight into the health and performance of your devices and enable us to provide you with automatically generated visualization tools, dashboards, infographics and reports. When you enable DataPower monitoring within Dynatrace, we help you better understand the relationships and inter-dependencies that your DataPower devices have across your highly complex enterprise.

DataPower in Smartscape

Finally, just like the out-of-the-box functionality, the extension is easy to deploy and is developed, maintained, and fully supported by Dynatrace. Simply put, it provides DataPower monitoring using the best-in-class functionality that you have come to expect from Dynatrace.

Coming soon

Want more good news? DataPower monitoring with Dynatrace is about to get better. With upcoming updates to our AI engine, data from our ActiveGate extension will also be incorporated into our root-cause analysis. This means we will soon be able to deliver insights that go beyond device performance and provide answers to the other critical question—which customer/service-impacting problems are attributable to DataPower?

Interested in adding DataPower monitoring to your Dynatrace experience?

Please reach out to your Dynatrace account team to discuss next steps.

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