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Leveraging the positive network effect - “Build Your Own” integration for the HP Operations Bridge

Leveraging the positive network effect - “Build Your Own” integration for the HP Operations Bridge


Facebook reached an amazing milestone—the social network turned ten years old in February. Think about what has defined the success of Facebook as a company—that “everybody” uses it.  Have you seen the look of amazement people have when you say you don’t own a Facebook account? Research has shown that for social networks to succeed, the positive network effect is widely at play—the more people that use the network, the more desirable it becomes for other people. So what does this have to do with the HP Operations Bridge




Well, the analogy is quite striking. For your investment in the HP Operations Bridge to be maximized, you need to have more content and information that comes into it. The positive network effect is at play here too! 


The more content, the merrier:

  • Visualize and aggregate events, performance and your entire IT infrastructure in one go
  • Retain control over your infrastructure by being able to identify a subset of issues you have to act upon and rapidly identify root cause
  • Introduce collaboration across teams and engage operators – akin to the much loved social networks. 


So what do you do when all the content you require is not available out of the box? You build your own!


It is simple to build your own integrations into the HP Operations Bridge. You can use tools and scripts developed by HP Experts, as well as those developed by other users like yourself or partners. You can also refer to development guides and best practices or even interact with the HP Experts at the HP Live Network.


In the first part of this “Build Your Own” integration series, we discussed the type of integrations you can create for the HP Operations Bridge and also how to create integrations to third-party monitoring tools – such as Nagios, Microsoft SCOM and so on. Today, let’s discuss how to create an integration to a third party application – referred to as an OMi Management Pack - such as Oracle Database, Hadoop, Vertica and so on.


With the capability of Monitoring Automation in the HP Operations Manager i, (OMi) can now:

  • Detect new instances of infrastructure as well as applications.
  • Deploy the required monitoring and monitor the desired aspects of the application infrastructure—while being independent of the underlying collection technology—agent-based or agentless
  • Hides irrelevant environment details through a simple self-service based configuration interface and management templates for the monitored applications. This dramatically reduces the time to first use.
  • Automatically detects changes to your monitored components, thereby keeping an up-to-date view of your entire infrastructure—easing the burden of maintaining complex static dependency rules and mapping.

If you would like to maximize your HP Operations Bridge investments by building your own integration to third-party application, here’s how you get started:

  1. Check if a third-party application integration already exists available - either created by HP or HP partners – you can find them in the HP Live Network Content Catalog
  2. Learn how to create an OMi Management Pack today! Refer to the OMi Management Pack Developer’s Guide to learn more.
  3. Learn some of the concepts related to modeling and discovery for the third-party application

           Define/create the model of your application

           Create your own discovery policy and a discovery script


Have questions? Ask the HP integration experts at the BSM Community Forum.



Need more? Here are a few other blogs discussing HP Operations Bridge:

  1. Part 1 of the Build Your Own Series - “Build Your Own” integration for the HP Operations Bridge
  2. Bring your own code: How to simplify customizing event correlation software
  3. 4 ways to enhance your HP Operations Bridge content experience
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