After watching the trailer to the new Muppets movie (greatest trailer, ever), I've got Muppets on the brain.
Which is why when Rohit told me about the new NetView for z/OS v6.1 announcing today, I went into full on Kermit mode with the introduction.
See Announcement Letter 211-186. The planned availabilty is this Friday (May 27, 2011).
This new version has a number of features that extend NetView's extensive IP management and automation capabilities. With NetView for z/OS, customers are able to efficiently diagnose and correct network issues to minimize application downtime.
One of the key new features to this version is enhnaced Packet Tracing and Analysis. Per the Announcement Letter:
Packet trace: The NetView IP packet trace function has been enhanced to analyze the data in a packet trace to identify potential network and system problems. This enhancement significantly reduces the time needed for problem identification and diagnosis. From within the packet trace session analysis, individual connections can be dropped and the packet trace data can be saved for later retrieval or further analysis.
Other new features include a new consolidated message log (Canzlog) for NetView, z/OS system, and job logs, as well as support for the GDPS Active/Active continuous availability solution.
Cue Gonzo with the trumpet.