The Ultimate Guide to IBM i Machine Data Analytics
A comprehensive guide to IBM i (AS/400) machine data analytics for insights into operational health, security and compliance issues
IBM Power Systems running IBM i are trusted, reliable powerhouses tailored for the needs of companies that process a high volume of transactions, such as financial, healthcare, retail, and logistics organizations. Over its lifespan, the IBM i has been known as the iSeries, AS/400, System/38 and more – names you still hear from long-time users of the platform. There are several different data sources that are available within the IBM i environment that can be leveraged to provide insight into the operational health of the system and applications, as well as providing visibility into security and compliance issues. Most of these come in the form of journals, data base files, or message logs recorded by components of the IBM i OS. They provide information about security, operational issues, system resource utilization (CPU, Storage, I/O), and performance.
The data sources provide valuable insight into performance, availability, health, and security of the system and its applications. Organizations understand and see the value of incorporating IBM i machine data into their analytics processes. With all the data sources and volume of data available on the IBM i platform, each use case becomes an exercise in identifying the right set of information needed to meet the needs of the organization. Let’s look at the different data sources and how they can be used for two primary use cases: IT Operational Analytics (ITOA) and to address Security and Information Event Management SIEM challenges.
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