IBM API Connect is an integrated API management offering, where all of the steps in the API lifecycle, and the actions that surround it, are performed within the offering. With the standalone data collectors that are just available in Cloud APM, Advanced V8.1.4, you can manage the performance and availability of your API Connect environment, along with some other existing agents.

To monitor various API Connect components, you install and configure applicable Cloud APM agents and data collectors. These Cloud APM agents and data collectors can provide you with visibility and control of both the API Connect infrastructure and the application APIs, which ensures optimal performance and efficient use of resources. If there is any performance issue occurring in the API Connect environment, the agents and data collectors can also help you detect, diagnose and isolate the issue.

The following table lists the applicable Cloud APM agent or data collector for each API Connect component.

applicable Cloud APM component for each API Connect component

where:

  • The Liberty data collector can be used to monitor WebSphere Application Server Liberty. Resource monitoring, diagnostics, and transaction tracking are all supported, which helps detect, isolate, and diagnose issues of your applications. You can configure this stand-alone data collector to track the performance of individual request and method calls, and use the information to diagnose slow requests and take actions accordingly.
  • The DataPower agent provides a central point of monitoring for the DataPower Appliances in your enterprise environment. You can identify and receive notifications about common problems with the appliances. The agent also provides information about performance, resource, and workload for the appliances.
  • The Node.js data collector can monitor both Bluemix and on-premises applications. Resource monitoring and deep-dive diagnostics are supported, which helps detect, isolate, and diagnose issues of your applications. You can configure this data collector to track the performance of individual request and method calls, and use the information to diagnose slow requests and take actions accordingly.
  • The OS agent provides monitoring capabilities for the availability, performance, and resource usage of the OS environment. You can use the OS agents to collect and analyze server-specific performance, including CPU performance, disk I/O and utilization, process availability and performance, and network performance. In addition, the OS agents can be configured to monitor the key API Connect logs and system logs.

Special treat: A monitoring agent for API Connect Management Server was just available in August. You can use this monitoring agent to monitor the performance and health of the API Connect Management Server, including CPU, network, disk, and memory utilization etc. For more details, see Monitoring Agent for API Connect Management Server.

To get a whole idea of this scenario, please check Scenario: Monitoring IBM API Connect in the Cloud APM Knowledge Center. You can also link to the detailed instructions about how to install or configure each Cloud APM component from there.

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