-- Our 3/20 meeting is postponed due to the weather! Stay tuned for a new meeting date!
Cndnsd Vrsn: POSTPONED-- Application Management with JMX
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at a date to be determined
after we all dig out from the blizzard.
Tad Frysinger will discuss monitoring and managing
Java-based applications with the Java Management Extensions (JMX)
Distributed server-based applications running on ubiquitous hardware
is commonplace today in most companies. Combine this with the capabilities
of middleware to offer processing redundancy and a novel capability
presents itself: any server can logically run any service required by
Because of this change, monitoring and management of applications in
production has become much more difficult. It is no longer sufficient to
know if a server is simply up or down because specific applications are
no longer tied to specific instances of hardware. Instead, it is necessary
to understand which of the many applications deployed across the data center
is suffering, what specific resource is causing the problem, and identify
which machine is currently having the problem.
The Java Management Extensions (JMX) API provides the mechanism by which
developers that are familiar with software applications can easily
instrument them to allow the sophisticated interactive management required
by the new generation of applications. This talk presents an overview of
JMX, and an example of a commercially available product that utilizes
JMX for monitoring and management "real world" applications.
Tad Frysinger is the the CTO and VP of Engineering at Alignment Software,
which makes next-generation distributed application performance monitoring
and management frameworks.
In one of Tad's previous startup experiences, he worked to provide
a high-volume messaging service which allowed companies to send
interactive alerts to interested individuals over a variety of media devices.
Another startup focused on delivering a platform for deploying speech-driven
applications. In both, Tad experienced first hand the lack of good management
software for modern technology deployments and was one of the
factors drawing him to Alignment Software.
This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing
Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects
Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
At our January 2003 meeting, Dirk Grunwald from the
University of Colorado discussed his and his research
group's work adapting wireless technology to create
wireless community networks using experimental
routing protocols to enable peer-to-peer networks to
form in order to provide service, for example, to
wireless users beyond line-of-sight from a central
Dirk's slides will be available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive
when we can get hold of them:
Our February meeting on IP-based Storage Area Networks,
or iSCSI, was postponed indefinitely due to a change
in our speaker's travel plans; no other meeting is currently
Are you familiar with the new FRUUG Library
Merit Badge program? If not, it might be a good time
to learn all about it by consulting the
page on our Web site.
FRUUG merit badge holders are eligible for our frequent
book give-aways, and all you have to do for a lifetime
membership is to review any book from the FRUUG library
and send the review to gaede at fruug.org.
This month we have a copy of
Web Hacking, Attacks and Defense.
If you're a FRUUG Library Merit Badge holder and would like
the book, please sign up at
Finally, we once again have a
Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books
to give away to a FRUUG member
at the meeting.
The list of new books this month includes:
- Apache, the Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition,
- Beyond Software Architecture,
- Firewalls and Internet Security, Second Edition,
- Linux Server Hacks, 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools,
- Inside Network Perimeter Security,
from New Riders
- PHP Cookbook,
- Sendmail, Third Edition,
- The UNIX CD Bookshelf,
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.
The New Riders discount program has changed; pick up a
discount coupon with our secret password at the meeting.