Management and Monitoring Features

Beginning in the GemFire 7.0 release, GemFire uses a federated Open MBean strategy to manage and monitor all members of the distributed system. This strategy gives you a consolidated, single-agent view of the distributed system.

Application and manager development is much easier because you do not have to find the right MBeanServer to make a request on an MBean. Instead, you interact with a single MBeanServer that aggregates MBeans from all other local and remote MBeanServers.

Some other key advantages and features of GemFire 7.0's new administration architecture:
  • GemFire monitoring is tightly integrated into GemFire's processes instead of running in a separately installed and configured monitoring agent. You can use the same framework to actually manage GemFire and perform administrative operations, not just monitor it.
  • All GemFire MBeans are now MXBeans. They represent useful and relevant information on the state of the distributed system and all its members. Because MXBeans use the Open MBean model with a predefined set of types, clients and remote management programs no longer require access to model-specific classes representing your MBean types. Using MXBeans adds flexibility to your selection of clients and makes the GemFire management and monitoring much easier to use.
  • Each member in the distributed system is manageable through MXBeans, and each member hosts its own MXBeans in a Platform MBeanServer.
  • Any GemFire member can be configured to provide a federated view of all the MXBeans for all members in a GemFire cluster.
  • GemFire has also modified its use of JMX to be industry-standard and friendly to generic JMX clients. You can now easily monitor or manage the distributed system by using any third-party tool that is compliant with JMX. For example, JConsole.