An application model is a graphical representation of a business or IT application, and the relationship of the infrastructure components (that is, devices and groups) that are required to support or provide functionality to the application. A device is any computer that needs to be managed in order to deliver an IT application, and a group is a selected set of devices or monitors, determined by your operating needs.
The following figure is an example of an application model:
In the TrueSight console, an application specialist can manually create application models using devices and groups from BMC TrueSight Infrastructure Management, or devices discovered by BMC TrueSight App Visibility Manager, or a combination of components. In a manually created application, you can create the model and define the relationships and dependencies between the components. An application that is manually created in the console generates events based on the event conditions that are specified with the devices.
For information about creating applications, see Creating an application manually.
BMC TrueSight App Visibility Manager automatically generates models for the web-based applications that are monitored by App Visibility. As transactions flow between monitored servers—that is, servers with an App Visibility agent installed—App Visibility maps out the flow between the application nodes. If a monitored node enlists the service of a non-monitored node, such as a database or messaging service, nodes for these items are added to the application model. The name of an automatically discovered application is based on the application URL.
If your application uses a load balancing server or cluster to distribute operations among several servers with the same business need, App Visibility creates a group for the application servers.
The model changes dynamically as the application interacts with nodes, adding new nodes to the application model, and removing nodes from the model after 24 hours of inactivity.
The assignment of an application server as a web or business node depends how App Visibility Manager agent recognizes most of the transactions on the server:
For information about fine tuning automatically discovered applications, see Configuring application discovery.
An event is an indication of a threshold that has been exceeded, such as for high CPU use or for latency on a transaction on a server. The severity of an event depends on the configured levels of the different thresholds on the node. If an event is associated with a specific device or group, the severity of an event is displayed on the relevant node in the application model. The severity level of a node in the application model is determined by the event with highest severity.
The nodes in application models are dependent on one another. When you create a model, you determine the dependency and whether the event status is propagated—that is, whether the status of a "lower" node influences the status of a "higher" node, and, ultimately, the status of the application. (If you do not connect the nodes, or if events are not propagated, then the node status has no impact on the status of the application.) In an automatically created model, the nodes are automatically dependent and events are automatically propagated.
For information about events and applications, see the following topics:
Application models in BMC TrueSight Operations Management offer the following advantages: