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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Summary

Strange things happen to systems when they encounter the real world. Anomalies and events can remain forever mysterious, or they can be valuable lessons learned. Transparency makes the difference between a system that improves over time in production and one that stagnates or decays.

Management systems are prevalent. SNMP version 3 currently dominates the landscape. CIM/WBEM overcomes many of SNMP’s disadvantages and will be a major force in the near future. For Java developers, JMX offers a path into either the SNMP or CIM/WBEM world.

Transparency requires access to the internals of the computers and software. Exposing those internals is the first prerequisite. Next, some means for collecting and understanding the data points is ...

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