VitalSigns for IP | VIP | Overview

Get the best tool for monitoring the z/OS Communications Server and the mainframe network.

See what's happening on your network anywhere, any time. VitalSigns for IP (VIP) provides IP network monitoring, Enterprise Extender monitoring, OSA monitoring, FTP monitoring, and network history reporting. VIP verifies service-level agreements, too. And it can trigger automatic repairs by sending alerts to its companion product, VitalSigns for Network Automation and Control™ (VNAC).

VIP fragmentation analysis

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All the network speed in the world doesn't matter if your applications aren't working. And even though printers and servers may be outside of your turf--where the mainframe can't reach them--the users call you anyway.

VitalSigns for IP reports which applications are running and who's using them. If any element goes missing--even remote applications such as printers, servers, socket app's--VIP sends an immediate alert. And it does it all quickly, efficiently, with very low CPU demand.

VIP: Performance monitoring for z/OS Communications Server and z/OS TCP/IP

Detect, diagnose, resolve, and prevent mainframe TCP/IP problems on z/OS networks. VitalSigns for IP (VIP) provides real-time graphic displays of z/OS TCP/IP network health and traffic--at common desktop browsers.

VIP history chart

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  • Extremely efficient monitoring; very low CPU demand.
  • Simple to learn and use: Let the help desk diagnose trouble in real time.
  • No blind spots--you can monitor the entire network in full detail.
  • Delivers performance data and trouble alerts in genuine real-time.
  • Provides easy access to graphic history data--charts and/or tables.
  • Delivers outstanding TCP Applications Performance and Response-Time Monitoring.
  • See response times for all TCP Application Connections and users.
  • Display response times, numbers of connections, and data-transfer rates immediately, in real-time.
  • Chart response times and traffic volumes over the long term.
  • Get alerts by email if response times degrade.

VIP Server Runs on z/OS

Typically, VIP monitoring Agents on z/OS systems deliver monitoring data to a single VIP Server. The VIP Server, in turn, delivers the z/OS data to VIP users at desktop web browsers.

The VIP Server most often runs on a z/OS system, via Unix System Services (USS). But you can also configure VIP Agents to report to multiple VIP Servers; the redundancy insures against breakdown. And VIP Servers can run outside of z/OS. They install equally well on Unix, Linux, or Windows machines.