IBM Application Runtime Expert for i (ARE) is a new product that has the potential to revolutionize how you do application service and support. ARE can help you ensure consistent performance and deployment for any workload running on your system.
The product ships with an intuitive, easy to use GUI interface, that allows you to collect and verify a customized set of information about an application, it’s runtime environment, and the IBM i system that it runs on. You have the ability to collect a wide array of information, system settings, and attributes. This collected information is built into what we call a ‘template’. Once you have built a template, you can use it to verify the application, and its environment, on the same system where the template was built, or any other IBM i system. A system is verified against the information stored in the template, and the results are documented in a set of reports. These reports give a clear and concise view of what has changed, or what is different. The beauty of this interface and methodology is that it allows you build and maintain an application knowledge base; one that can be used to automatically apply its knowledge to verify a system. You can easily update your template to include new information and settings as you learn more about things that cause your application or system run incorrectly.
For examples of how ARE can change the way you do application service and support, see usage examples.
What can be collected
The IBM Application Runtime Expert for i has a wide array of application attributes and settings it can collect, along with many of the system settings and values most critical to your applications. Here are some of the possible attributes and values that can be collected: