Visualized Security — ARMS Real-Time 3D Topology

Drawbacks of Conventional Monitoring Methods

The most commonly seen interfaces of conventional monitoring products are table, form and dashboard. All these interfaces have limitations.

  • A table is typically used to display a large amount of data, featuring dense information and many pages. It mainly contains numbers and text, and it is not intuitive.
  • A form is used to display the details of an instance, involving a large amount of text and charts. The drawback is that it focuses on only one instance at a time. If we need to check the underlying information, we need to go to a deeper layer.
  • A dashboard is an intuitive and vivid presentation of aggregate information in the form of charts. However, the information displayed on the screen is limited, and there is not much information for the underlying layer.

ARMS Monitoring Innovation

ARMS uses a real-time 3D approach (or the ARMS 3D topology) to present the stereoscopic view of the system. This allows users to quickly understand and trace relationships between system nodes.

Application Layer

Contents displayed in the application layer are:

  • Central applications
  • Applications relied by the central applications
  • Applications that use the central applications
  • Middleware relied by the central applications

Service Layer

The service layer displays detailed service information provided by each application. If you place the pointer on the service, the service name appears. The colors indicate that the response time of a service exceeds the threshold (this can be configured) and requires attention.

Host Layer

The host layer displays the host details of each application. You can click a host to see the CPU, MEM, and load information of the host. Indicators that exceed the threshold will be marked with colors. It also displays the static information of a host, such as the IDC where the host is located, the rack unit, host name, JVM, and the Tomcat version information.

Access Method

Currently, the ARMS 3D topology feature is online. Users can view their system status in 3D after successful installation of the ARMS Agent, without additional operations or expenses.

Conclusion

The Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS) 3D topology feature provides a brand new interaction method, expands the dimensions for interacting with applications, and supports 360-degree diagnosis of performance bottlenecks and faulty nodes. These allow us to identify the applications and hosts related to a fault. This feature brings the applications closer to us.

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