The PaaS SDK allows third parties to leverage FireScope’s elastic, multi-tenant, Big Data architecture to build entirely new applications rapidly, securely, and without concern for the underlying infrastructure. In most cases, these new applications can be built with clicks instead of code, although the expansive SDK includes multiple REST APIs for advanced use cases. Each application built on the platform takes advantage of the highly elastic cloud platform built to take advantage of the highly flexible nature of Big Data to dynamically support new constructs. Any of the newly applications can take advantage of Stratis’ existing APM, NPM or BSM functionality to extend their application’s capability. Branding and linguistic customizations can be performed directly within the interface, offering each application a unique user experience without the need to write code. The SDK includes a section on “Build a SIM in a Day” that walks readers through creating a dedicated Security Information Management application without writing code and ready for customer implementation in just a few hours or less.
Instances of FireScope Stratis Edge devices can be hosted on vmware. Edge devices running from these platforms then push any collected data to a private or public instance of FireScope Stratis for analysis via secure connection. For organizations utilizing resources from multiple cloud providers, this capability enables them to manage them all from a single interface.
Yet another way that Stratis makes it easier for users to visualize their environment is the Dashboard Builder. This highly intuitive wizard walks users through building anything from high-level operational status dashboards to highly technical, Configuration Item specific dashboards. The 4 step wizard takes seconds to complete, and includes the ability to share your newly created dashboards.
Modern environments are constantly changing, making it difficult to establish a baseline for performance for use in proactive management. To solve this problem, Stratis leverages an self-adjusting algorithm that automatically calculates a baseline for key metrics over a user-controllable period of time. These baselines are then used to identify and prioritize one-time spikes versus sustained trends of stress that are the early indicators of service degradation. This helps organizations get ahead of issues before users are impacted while separating out the critical issues from those that can be safely ignored - and all without requiring constant manual adjustments to configuration.
Running out of drive space without warning is a common problem that still plagues organizations, which can bring down critical services for hours while additional resources are allocated. The Days to Target attribute can help prevent this and other similar situations by using historic growth of an attribute to model the number of days until a user-defined threshold will be reached. This can be modeled to evaluate high (over 90% utilized) or low (less than 10% available) scenarios. In addition to storage attributes, the Days to Target can be applied to any attribute, such as transaction volume, new customer signups and more. Events and Notifications can then be associated with these attributes to provide users with advanced warnings days or even weeks prior to reaching critical targets.
In addition to calculating SLAs historically, Stratis can provide predictive insight regarding SLA achievement through its SLA Projections capability. A segment of this page can be seen to the right. Based on historic achievement, the solution plots out the remaining days of a month and analyzes if SLA targets are on track for being met.
In addition to monitoring the health and performance of Infoblox products, FireScope leverages APIs from Infoblox’s DHCP, DNS and IPAM solutions to ensure greater integrity of FireScope’s service models and provide a critical IP address perspective of service health. By comparing the IP and host name data managed by Infoblox with configuration data obtained via other integrations or through native discovery, FireScope can identify and adapt to configuration inaccuracies or recent infrastructure changes without adding to the workload of IT operators. Additionally, FireScope’s analysis of managed IP zones provides proactive alerting to capacity issues to enable organizations to initiate remediation before users or services are impacted.