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7th September 2011

Abilisoft release the first version of its Event Management technology

Today Abilisoft announced the first formal release of its availability event management technology, REEF.

Abilisoft REEF (Real-time Enterprise Event Feed) is a web-based availability event management solution that collects and processes event data, providing information about the status of an I.T. infrastructure that is being monitored. EM provides scalable event collection, processing and management.

What are the benefits?

  • REEF decouples ITSM layers liberating you from vendor lock-in
  • REEF supports a wide range of event sources
  • REEF provides a choice of backend databases
  • REEF is quick and easy to install
  • REEF can be installed on multiple platform architectures
  • REEF scales and is able to process very high volumes of event data
  • REEF supports high-availability configurations

How will it be used?

REEF is a web server application that listens for events sent to it. Typically events are concentrated through and propagated from Abilisoft UP, but REEF will collect and process event data from any source that is able to send JSON data over HTTP. As well as capturing and processing event data, REEF also serves a rich, interactive event management dashboard that enables logged on users to view, sort, filter, and manage event data. Additionally REEF provides an Administration UI that can be used to manage users, groups and service configurations. EM can be used to assure the operation of key infrastructure elements including:

  • Servers
  • Network devices
  • Databases
  • Web servers
  • Virtualisation infrastructure
  • Digital Telephone exchanges

REEF is a WSGI application that can be installed behind any standard web-server (e.g. Apache or Nginx) although a basic web server is shipped for out-of-the-box usage. REEF can also be installed over various database flavours including Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite. Logically, REEF consists of:

  • Event Collector. A simple, open JSON based protocol over HTTP that is easy to interact with.
  • Event Processor. Event processing entails automatic event de-duplication and correlation. Event de-duplication reduces the number of actual events that need to be maintained by the system by merging events that were originated because of the same problem. Merged events log the changes to the event over time, and the number of times the event has been seen. Event correlation finds matching "fault" and "clear" events in order to automatically clear a fault condition, reducing a user’s workload.
  • Event Management Service. The REEF Service is a simple API enabling applications to interact with collected event data. This is used by the REEF Dashboard but can also be used for integrations.
  • Event Management Dashboard. The REEF Dashboard is a rich interactive event management dashboard that enables logged on users to view, sort, filter, and manage event data.

REEF can be installed on the following platform architectures:

  • Solaris 10 (SPARC)
  • Solaris 10 ( X86)
  • RHEL5
  • RHEL6
  • Debian 6.0 and up
  • Ubuntu 10 and up