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Automated Performance Monitoring

Motivation

Outages and disruptions of IT business applications in enterprise networks can cause severe economic damages. Therefore corporations and public institutions invest heavily in their IT infrastructure to prevent outages and to faster detect their root causes. Monitoring systems are deployed which control the functionality of IT systems on different layers, such as networks, servers, and applications. These controls are mostly done locally and are not interconnected with each other. Issues such as overloading of routers can nowadays be detected on a subsystem level. However, the correlation with a root causes such as starting a software update during business hours which slows down other network applications remains unknown. The root cause analysis is mostly a manual process where monitoring data from different subsystems is linked together manually. This analysis is only done when the use is already affected and annoyed by the respective issue.

Goals and Approach

The goal of the AutoMon project is to increase the robustness of IT infrastructures through a continuous, proactive, and cross-system function and performance monitoring as well as an automated root cause analysis. To this end we develop processes to automatically link monitoring data on a cross-system basis. These processes will then be implemented on distributed network systems. This allows administrators to receive visually enhanced and meaningful analyses of outages and disruptions. Issues can then be tackled more swiftly and the maintenance cost is reduced. Furthermore we develop a business intelligence solution which balances cost and gain of outage analyses. AutoMon delivers a founded information base to improve organizational and economical decisions in an enterprise. The system will be tested and evaluated in practice within the project partners' networks.

Innovations and Perspectives

The potential for innovation in the AutoMon project lies especially in the economical use of system resources due to a automated self-configuration and self-optimization. Functions developed within the project will promptly be integrated into monitoring and data analysis solutions offered by both SME partners to increase their competitiveness with these unique unique selling points.


AutoMon poster (in German)


Partners

IBM logo
IBM Deutschland Aviation Industry Services GmbH

Partner
voegele@de.ibm.com
kevin.beierstettel@de.ibm.com
jan.hasse@de.ibm.com

DB logo
DB Systel GmbH

Partner

anton.kress@deutschebahn.com
manfred.rosswinkel@deutschebahn.com

TUM logo
Technische Universität München

Research partner

naab@net.in.tum.de
gasser@net.in.tum.de

isarNet logo
isarNet Software Solutions GmbH

Researching SME

jochen.koegel@isarnet.de (project coordinator)
ruediger.gunreben@isarnet.de
stefan.kuenkel@isarnet.de

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Sandstorm Media GmbH

Researching SME

tobias.gruber@sandstorm.de
robert.baruck@sandstorm.de


Funding

Volume: 2,69M €

(70% of which are funded by the BMBF)


Duration

06/2016 - 07/2019