Until recently, every partition running on the IBM i required hardware such as Disk Storage and Network connections dedicated to that partition.
This is inflexible and can be costly because of the hardware that is required for each partition. IBM has developed the Virtual I/O Server which addresses these issues by acting as a host partition for I/O.
Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) is a Logical Partition (LPAR) which has physical I/O such as Disk Storage and Network Adapters connected to it. This I/O is then provided to clients LPARs running IBM i (or AIX or Linux) within the same server. VIOS was first supported by IBM i on POWER6 models with the announcement of Version 6.1 in early 2008.
VIOS Monitoring Templates
Halcyon's VIOS Monitoring template provides
the capability to monitor VIOS on Power Systems. It will assist customers adopting the use of VIOS by the
automation that it offers as well as by integrating the monitoring of VIOS alerts with those from IBM i.
It consists of a pre-defined template that:
- Automates and alerts around hardware and software errors
- Informs you of changes to key files within the VIOS
- Alerts to sustained use of CPU within this environment
- Monitors and alerts on file system/disk space and memory usage on the VIOS partition