Automatos provides tools for automated performance analysis, capacity planning, and real-time monitoring of services across multiple platforms (Linux, NT/2000/XP, AIX, Solaris, Tru64, and HP-UX). The performance analysis service assists in identification or prevention of problems with computers within a company's network. The capacity wizard provides hardware upgrade planning support, suggestions being based on current (or simulated) growth rate. Real-time monitoring allows users to remotely monitor their machines from either a Web or a WAP console, generating notifications based on user-defined thresholds. Automatos is a low-intrusion system that uses strong encryption and compresses data for optimal and minimum bandwidth usage. Reports are generated in PDF format in several different languages. Ad-hoc online report generation and customization is also available.
Bonnie++ is based on the Bonnie hard drive benchmark by Tim Bray. The most notable features that have been added are support for >2G of storage and testing operations involving thousands of files in a directory. This program is used by ReiserFS developers, but can be useful for anyone who wants to know how fast their hard drive or file system is. It now includes ZCAV in the package. This program tests the performance of different zones on the hard drive. ZCAV has been released separately before but will now only be released as part of the Bonnie++ suite.
OSDB, the open source database benchmark, is intended for the use of system and database developers, providing a significant chunk of benchmark code that can be used, tailored, and tweaked according to local needs. It is derived from AS3AP (ANSI SQL Standard and Portable Benchmark); its most important change is the segmentation of the benchmark, allowing developers to concentrate on the results that are most relevant to their work.
Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) is a framework and set of services for supporting system-level performance monitoring and performance management. It provides a unifying abstraction for all of the interesting performance data in a system, and allows client applications to easily retrieve and process any subset of that data using a single API. A client-server architecture allows multiple clients to monitor the same host, and a single client to monitor multiple hosts. Archive logging and replay are integrated so that a client application can use the same API to process real-time data from a host or historical data from an archive.
This suite currently consists of three programs, Postal, Rabid, and BHM. Postal (the mad postman) is a program that will deliver mail as fast as possible via the SMTP protocol to test mail server performance. Rabid (the mad Biff) will eat mail via the POP protocol as fast as possible and measure POP server performance. BHM is the Black Hole Mailer to discard SMTP mail. All messages sent via Postal have MD5 checksums appended, and Rabid will check the MD5 to ensure that the messages are not being corrupted.