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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 3, 2023

Extend Topology Manager to be able to run Remote Observers for network discovery

With the introduction of Net-Disco and App-Disco plug-ins in ASM v1.1.8 ( , its not possible to run all components on single host as it would mean we demand very high h/w resources (for e.g. 64gb or more memory). The ask is, extend ASM deployment option where clients can run any observers remotely other than ASM host.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 5, 2023

    Hi Jeremy,

    the scenario I have in mind is the following:

    a hybrid installation of Watson AIOps (with ASM on OCP) running a Netdisco observer is in place. There are some networks that are not reachable externally (the traffic from outside is not allowed) so a local discovery would be necessary. The question is: can we install a local and separate ASM netdisco observer on a VM and push the discovery data to the central ASM (the traffic in that direction is allowed) and having that topology merged with the previous one discovered by the Netdisco oberver on OCP?
    I'm not able to understand this by the documentation.

    Many thanks

  • Admin
    Jeremy Hughes
    May 3, 2023

    Thank you for your request. Please would you review the documentation for installing the ASM services as this notes that you would typically install NetDisco on it’s own server. The doc is here

    Important: For a production deployment, the application and network discovery services need to be deployed onto separate machines.


    • For a multi-server production deployment of the application and (or) network discovery services, ensure that only the Network Discovery Observer and the Application Discovery Observer are present in the installation directory.

    So the nasm-netdisco-observer package would be on the core ASM server but all the NetDisco packages would have a dedicated server.

    Can this be used to satisfy your requirement?

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