A US-based enterprise customer recently came to Opsview with a new challenge - install Opsview Enterprise on their zLinux mainframe1. As a major US Health Insurance provider with over 12,000 employees and more than 99 million members across all 50 states keeping data safe and available at all times is of paramount importance so they had chosen to standardize on the secure, robust zLinux infrastructure.

The Challenge

Although our team had never carried out an installation like this before, their varied experience in source code compilation and Red Hat installations meant the task was relatively straightforward.

Opsview Enterprise was already in place, running on an X86 infrastructure2, monitoring over 500 devices including networking hardware, servers, applications and databases. However as the organization provides services to 38 independently run companies across the US they also needed to monitor external networks and keep each monitoring instance separate for security.

The new monitoring system had to be configured to operate on their dedicated zLinux mainframe, running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5).

The Solution

Initially the customer looked at other monitoring solutions, but as they already had Opsview installed and their support teams were very familiar with the system it made sense for the additional monitoring to be with Opsview too.

It took our team just one week to take the source code from Opsview Enterprise and compile RPMs3 to run on the customer’s RHEL5 infrastructure.

Three Opsview Enterprise installations are now running in total, including one on the zLinux infrastructure, monitoring in excess of 500 devices and helping to keep checks on critical healthcare data across the USA. Additional devices will be added as more branches come online and Opsview will be there to keep them all in good health.

Definitions (from Wikipedia)

1. zLinux - (Linux on System z) is the collective term for the Linux operating system compiled to run on IBM mainframes, especially System z machines.

2. X86 - refers to a family of instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 CPU.

3. RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a software package management system. The name RPM variously refers to the .rpm file format, files in this format, software packaged in such files, and the package manager itself.