Monitoring WebLogic J2EE on VMware with VMware vCenter Operations

by bluemedora_editor on May 10, 2014

The Blue Medora vC Ops Management Pack for Oracle OEM was updated in early May (2014) to include enhanced support for Oracle WebLogic J2EE integration. All of the Oracle EM target types for WebLogic related components including WebLogic Server, J2EE Application Deployments, Oracle HTTP Server, as well as WebLogic Cluster are now available to be ingested into VMware vC Ops Enterprise Edition.

With the data available within these new vC Ops ‘Resource Kinds’, you have the ability to create WebLogic on VMware relationship views, WebLogic on VMware mashup dashboards, as well as leverage vC Ops anomaly detection and predictive analytics on your WebLogic J2EE landscape. Below are a number of example dashboards that were easily created using the WebLogic data available within the Management Pack.

The first dashboard, the WebLogic on VMware Relationship View — helps you visualize your WebLogic environment running on VMware all the way down to the VMware VM, ESX, and even Datastore level. This can useful for diagnosing critical J2EE applications running within the vSphere environment — allowing you to quickly discern whether a problem exists in the Oracle WebLogic layer or one of the VMware virtualization layers.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 60px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”994″][/cq_vc_fluidbox]The 2nd example dashboard, the Weblogic J2EE on VMware Mashup View, allows you to select any WebLogic J2EE server in the environment and it will instantly show key WebLogic KPIs (primarily on the right side of the dashboard) including:

  • Heap Usage
  • Active Threads
  • Servlet and JSP performance
  • Work Manager performance
  • EJB performance
  • JDBC and JTA usage
  • JMS usage and performance

On the left side of the screen, within the widget called VMware Virtual Machine KPIs for Selected WebLogic Server, the corresponding key performance metrics for the underlying VMware virtual machine are displayed. By showing the Weblogic J2EE metrics (collected from Oracle EM) side-by-side with the VMware virtual machine metrics for the VM the WebLogic J2EE server is running on, both WebLogic and VMware admins can collaborate to quickly determine where in the stack a problem exists and quickly take remediation steps to resolve the issues.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 60px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”993″][/cq_vc_fluidbox]The third example dashboard, displays the topology around a specific running J2EE application as well as list of hundreds of metrics available for that J2EE application.  Note:  In this example vC Ops has already detected a number of potential problems in the environment and has flagged them as “Symptoms”.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 60px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”992″][/cq_vc_fluidbox]These three dashboards along with a number of others focused on Oracle HTTP components, WebLogic Clusters, and individual J2EE applications will be available as Out-of-the-Box (OOTB) dashboards in the next major release of the Management Pack.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Dashboard export XML for the these dashboards ahead of that release, please drop us a line at info@bluemedora.com and we’ll be more than happy to send you a copy.

As usual, you can obtain a trial version of the Blue Medora vC Ops Management Pack for Oracle EM or a free version (up ot 25 targets ingested in vC Ops) here.[vc_column width=”1/3″ el_class=”sidebar”][ultimatesocial_false count=”” align=”left” skin=”default” share_text=”Share: ” networks=”facebook, twitter, linkedin, reddit”]

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