Tool promises to shed light onto legacy 'black hole'
Neon Systems Inc., Sugar Land, Texas, last week unveiled a
monitoring/management tool designed to shed light onto the ''black hole'' of
legacy mainframe processing connected to distributed applications based on J2EE
and .NET platforms.
The new Shadow Console is a Windows-based tool that allows developers and
system administrators to get chronological error messages and performance
metrics from the mainframe portion of a distributed application, said Chris
Garner, Neon vice president of research and development. He said the new tool
was developed based on input from customers using the company's Shadow
technology for legacy mainframe integration.
''A number of our users are deploying WebSphere and WebLogic applications,''
Garner said. ''And a lot of them have had end-to-end monitoring requirements that
have not been able to be fulfilled because they had this black hole.''
He said developers and system administrators were able to see what was
happening while the application was running in the J2EE environment. But when it
made a call to a legacy system, such as an old IBM OS/390, they could not
monitor what errors or performance issues the application might be
With the Console tool running on a developer's Windows PC, Garner said, 'They
can identify potential failure points or areas that need to be optimized.'
For systems administrators and managers, the new Neon tool integrates via
SNMP with network management systems from vendors such as Tivoli Systems Inc.
and the HP OpenView division, said Jeff Overton, director, product management
for Shadow systems. Shadow Console automatically forwards alerts to the
management systems, he added.
Neon's Shadow technology operates on J2EE and .NET platforms to provide full
J2CA, JDBC or ODBC access to mainframe data sources and transaction
environments, said Overton. It supports legacy technologies, including DB2,
CICS/TS, IMS/TM, IMS/DB, VSAM, ADABAS, Natural/ACI, flat files and IDMS running
on IBM z/OS mainframes, he added.
Further information is available at http://www.neonsys.com/solutions/shadow/shadow_console.asp
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.