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Learn the Eight Principles of Web Services Management : Page 2

So now that you know how important foresight and planned management are to the success of your organization's Web services transition, the next step is knowing what you need to squeeze out of your management platform. We give you practical advice in eight easy steps.

Principle #1—Know What Information You Need from the Web Service Platform
To manage the Web service platform, it is important to know the following characteristics:
  • the identity of that platform (host computer name, port number, version number, for example)
  • whether the platform is functioning correctly
  • whether the platform process is communicating with other peer platforms on the network
  • the list of Web services currently hosted on that platform
  • the list of Web services currently responding or not responding
  • the identity of all Web service instances on a given platform
  • the throughput rate for that platform in terms of overall incoming and outgoing messages
  • the average dispatch time for messages
  • the contents of the error log for the platform
  • the nature of any asynchronous events generated by the Web services that are hosted on this platform
  • the last message receipt time and last message transmitted time
  • the largest, smallest, and average message sizes

Note that many of the above measurements will also be useful to have on each Web service that resides on the Web services platform.

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