The Southbound Gateway integration point accepts alert data from third-party sources. Often these sources are other network management applications that specialize in monitoring a specific aspect of a computing environment. Using Southbound Gateway, you can centralize network management, letting CA Spectrum capture and display data from other systems. Alert data is organized into CA Spectrum event and alarm data for display in OneClick.
Southbound Gateway can be used with any incoming alert data stream format. It provides a simple, non-programmatic integration point for systems that generate SNMP traps. It is also very useful for managing non-SNMP environments. The Southbound Gateway import tool accepts XML-formatted alert data for integration with systems that cannot generate SNMP traps. A Document Type Definition (DTD) is provided to specify the XML elements used in this file. Model types that represent the external management system and its components are built into CA Spectrum, eliminating the need to generate or derive new model types. The EventAdmin model type represents a third-party system that sends alerts to CA Spectrum. The EventAdmin can contain one or more EventModels. These EventModels represent a unique event source within the network management system. To deploy the Southbound Gateway toolkit, you configure alert, event, and alarm support for these model types. When the integration is complete, you can monitor events and alarms from this third-party system using OneClick.
The following diagram illustrates the components of a Southbound Gateway integration and shows how these components work together to process third-party alert data.