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Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is a world leader in agricultural processing and is the world's largest processor of soybeans, corn, wheat, and cocoa, soy meal and oil, high fructose corn syrup, flour, and in ethanol production. In addition, ADM is building a position in such value-added products as food additives and nutraceuticals such as vitamin E and sterols. ADM has over 23,000 employees, 368 processing plants, and net sales for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001 of $20.1 billion. The challenge faced by ADM was that the TCP/IP traffic involving the company's IBM 9672 R65 enterprise system running OS/390 Version 2.6 had dramatically increased in recent years. In an effort to get a better handle on TCP/IP services, ADM's IBM Technical Services Group selected ASG-TMON for TCP/IP which gives a true picture of the S/390 impact on network performance by providing visibility into S/390 subsystems, applications, and resources that impact the TCP/IP stack and overall network performance. Entity monitors provide in-depth monitoring of supported SNMP-enabled entities including S/390 TCP/IP stack, Cisco routers, and even non-S/390 TCP/IP stacks. The program sends out a ping to all servers that the mainframe normally talks to every 5 minutes. The program triggers an alarm if a response does not arrive from any of the servers within 500 milliseconds. Following installation, ADM is able to diagnose any enterprise networking problem considerably faster.
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