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Open Process

Cross-Platform Monitor and Job Scheduler

Modern data centers are becoming increasingly more complex as additional hardware platforms are incorporated to address specific needs. A typical site may have one or more mainframes (often from different vendors), multiple UNIX boxes handling various LANs, some NT servers, and maybe even a VAX box or two.

Evolution of this heterogeneous environment, coupled with the need to automate production control on each individual, and across dissimilar, platforms has given rise to the requirement for an integrated cross-platform production management product.

OPEN PROCESS, developed and supported worldwide by the Marben GL company, is the state-of-the-art solution for automated production control across the enterprise.

OPEN PROCESS controls and integrates the operation of the following systems (as configured in any combination):

OPEN PROCESS addresses all the functional needs of today's modern data center:

OPEN PROCESS integrates easily into existing administrative environments such as HP's Open View and Operations Center or BULL's ISM and OPEN MASTER. Open Process participates in these environments from a global perspective to accomplish system-wide management of all components in the data center.

The OPEN PROCESS architecture is adapted to today's information systems requirements, incorporating leading tools of the market to produce a product which exhibits robustness, portability, and the ability to evolve. This architecture is built upon the following foundation:

The OPEN PROCESS inter-system communication architecture consists of a single OPEN PROCESS Server and an unlimited number of OPEN PROCESS Agents. With this configuration, the Server can control an unlimited number of target machines through communication with an OPEN PROCESS Agent which is resident on each controlled machine.

The OPEN PROCESS Server is the focal point for all OPEN PROCESS system control and management functions. The Server is resident on a UNIX system. The following UNIX hardware platforms are supported:

An OPEN PROCESS Agent is resident on each controlled machine. Each Agent is responsible for control of its host machine and accomplishes this through interaction with the OPEN PROCESS Server. These agents consume a negligible amount of host system resources and require no host operating system modifications.

OPEN PROCESS incorporates a state-of-the-art Graphical User Interface (GUI) which is both powerful and extremely easy to use. Sites, schemas, applications, jobs, logical collections of jobs, etc. are all represented as objects. These objects are represented graphically as icons which can be completely and easily manipulated. This approach provides a common view of each individual machine in a heterogeneous system environment.

OPEN PROCESS consists of four separate, but fully integrated products:

OP SCHEDULER controls all aspects of batch job execution on all defined platforms. Batch jobs can be automatically initiated based upon an extensive set of conditions and, once in execution, these jobs are monitored and tracked to job completion. OPEN PROCESS graph executions can accommodate cross-platform dependencies and execute on any of the defined systems.

OP OPERATOR completely automates the host system console. OPEN PROCESS can submit input console commands as required. Output console messages pass through filters (established based on user defined criteria) before being presented to the administrator.

OP ALARM establishes the interface between OPEN PROCESS and the external environment. OP ALARM can monitor external environmental conditions such as machine room temperature, humidity and air displacement, as well as internal programmatic conditions such as abort of a critical job or exceeding a resource threshold. OP ALARM is capable of generating external alarms such as activation of a loudspeaker, dialing a telephone number, dialing a pager, sending electronic mail, etc. Alarm notification is made to a control group using one or more of these methods. A control group is a collection of personnel which are to be notified in response to a specific alarm event.

OP MANAGMENT elevates the production file (e.g. source, object, library, JCL, etc.) change control process to a new level by introducing a quality control concept not present in any other similar product of today's market. All changes to productive files must adhere to a set of site-established rules and standards. This ensures that quality changes, as well as controlled changes, are being made to your productive environment.

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