Operations Bridge: What’s new in the November release
We are excited to announce the availability of the Micro Focus Operations Bridge 2018.11 release. With this release, we remain fully focused on our strategy to deliver innovative monitoring solutions with integrated capabilities, flexible deployment, increased performance and simplified maintenance.
In this blog post, you will learn about release highlights and get an outlook into our future plans. The product documentation has been updated with the 2018.11 release information as well. For your convenience, the links to resources offering more information are included into this blog where appropriate. For a full overview of the release, please see What's new in the Operations Bridge Suite on the Micro Focus Documentation Portal. Also, check out Operations Bridge latest support matrices.
Micro Focus Operations Bridge 2018.11 release introduces enhancements in the following areas:
- Container deployment enhancements:
- Collect Once Store Once (COSO): Multpile data types can now be streamed from Management Packs, Real User Monitor (RUM) and Diagnostics directly into COSO, the ITOM Intelligent Data Lake capability
- New capabilities on top of COSO: Performance Management, Automatic Event Analytics, and the new EUM Operator User Interface inside Operations Bridge Manager (OBM)
- Virtualization Collector for VMWare (metric collection into COSO): enhanced with several useful features, such as event type filtering, mixed deployment support, as well as scalability improvements
- Container Deployment Foundation (CDF): miscellaneous improvements offering an streamlined installation and upgrade experience and log forwarding
- Updated content: new versions of Management Packs offering such features as metric data forwarding to COSO, log streaming to Operations Bridge Analytics (OBA), cluster monitoring, and many other
- OM-to-OpsBridge Evolution: new features, such as cluster-aware monitoring, improvements for the node configuration report, Monitored Nodes Admin UI, and Log File Entry Policy Editor
- Miscellaneous Operations Bridge Manager (OBM) 2018.11, SiteScope 2018.11, Operations Bridge Reporter (OBR) 10.40 and Operations Agent (OA) 12.10 enhancements
- New local clients for Diagnostics, RUM and End User Management (EUM) Admin
- Documentation improvements
Here is an overview of what we have released:
- Operations Bridge – classic deployment: OBM 2018.11, SiteScope 2018.11, OBR 10.40, Operations Agent 12.10, local clients for Diagnostics, RUM and EUM Admin, Operations Orchestration 2018.09
- Operations Bridge – container deployment: Operations Bridge 2018.11
- Content releases: OBM Management Packs for Infrastructure, IBM WebSphere Application Server, JBoss Application Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services 2018.11, and a OneView Connector hotfix
- Application Performance Management (APM) 9.50 IP, Business Process Monitor (BPM)/RUM/Diagnostics 9.51
On the Operations Bridge fundamentals, we have added support for:
- Safari 11
- Windows Server 2016
- Vertica 9.1.1 (container deployment)
For further details, consult our support matrices.
Let’s start with our container deployment-related feature updates.
With this release, we have made further progress towards providing more data into our central data store, COSO. So far, system metrics, SiteScope and BPM metrics could be streamed to COSO, but not the metrics collected by OBM Management Packs – which were stored locally in the Operations Agent. Starting from this release, out-of-the-box policies are provided to also stream the Management Pack, RUM and Diagnostics data into SO. This allows customers to build Business Value Dashboards (BVD) dashboards/reports that include the Management Pack data, as well as RUM and Diagnostics data, and do centralised thresholding on top of this data. Having all this data in COSO is a key enabler for our future services on top of COSO.
Please note that we currently ship out-of-the-box metric streaming policies for Microsoft SQL Server, Infrastructure, and IBM WebSphere Application Server MPs.
Refer to the related documentation sections on the Micro Focus Documentation Portal for detailed procedures on how to configure data streaming to COSO from supported data sources.
New Applications on Top of COSO
The following capabilities can now be used on top of COSO:
- Performance Management now provides a value adding service on top of COSO – Central Thresholding.
Central Thresholding allows you to configure in one go static thresholds for all data coming into COSO. This feature is especially useful in situations where thresholding is not available at the data source or is not under control of the central monitoring team (for example, Virtualization Collector and Streaming Agent). The thresholds are evaluated on the data samples that are received in COSO. A threshold violation generates a corresponding event in OBM.
Below, you can see an example of an OBM event that was generated as a result of using out-of-the-box Central Thresholding policies shipped with the Virtualization Collector MP (in this particular case, the event reports the CPU threshold violation for a VM).In future releases, we plan further enhancements to this functionality. More information on Central Thresholding can be found here.
- Automated Event Analytics. We are also introducing the first analytic capability on top of COSO – analytics-driven event correlation based on machine learning algorithms. Event analytics automatically finds patterns in the event stream and uses the information to group events together, which with a high probability belong to the same problem. This can consequently reduce the total number of events displayed in the Event Browser and simplify event processing for the operators.
Note: Event statistics is displayed in masthead and can be disabled via My Settings. ROI page shows event statistics over time.
A group (cause) event is sent back to OBM and the correlated events are automatically resolved in the Event Browser if the group event is closed. The group event can be easily identified by the following title: CORRELATED [<Number of correlated events> Events]: <Title of event with highest severity in the group, sorted by time>.
As a result, all events relating to the same problem are identified and the total number of events that require attention is reduced: if you solve one underlying (root case) problem, you can solve the issues for the whole event group.
Note that you will need Operations Bridge Ultimate node license for this capability. No additional configuration is needed to enable the automatic event correlation feature (provided the ITOM Intelligent Data Lake capability is selected during the Operations Bridge installation) but you need to explicitly enable the IDL Connected Server and the AutoCorrelation forwarding rule. In the future, this feature will become the default enabling seamless automatic correlation of all occurring events.
- End User Management. With this release, we have implemented the new EUM Operator User Interface (UI) inside OBM, which is based on a new UI framework. This UI provides an overview of the application status and status over time (based on the BPM data in COSO). Thus the cross-launch into APM or embedding of APM components is no longer necessary. For additional information, see Use End User Management on the Micro Focus Documentation Portal.
This is the first implementation of our innovative UI vision, which will be rolled out incrementally: in the future, we will be providing more and more data inside the new UI framework, thus enabling simplified user experience and navigation across all Operations Bridge capabilities.
Virtualization Collector for VMware
Yet another step towards our strategy to provide a central store with all monitoring data is the Operations Bridge Virtualization Collector capability (implemented as a scalable micro service). It collects VMware metrics into COSO, topology into RTSM, and events into OBM thus eliminating the need for using Cloud Optimizer. (Note, however, that for complete Virtualization Monitoring, Cloud Optimizer is still required.)
The virtualization data is streamed to COSO and can be visualized in BVD and PD dashboards. In the example below, out-of-the-box Virtualization Overview dashboard provides high-level overview of the VMware Infrastructure:
This functionality was already introduced in 2018.08, but in this release it was significantly improved by offering:
- Event type filtering: Event filtering can now be configured on the VC collector at source per event type (suppression rules can be used in OBM in addition, to filter out more events if needed)
- Mixed-deployment support: OBM classic (2018.11) can now also be used to configure Virtualization Collector (deployment of configuration policies). Note that this requires some manual setup steps described here.
- Optimized scalability as outlined in the image below:
- Out-of-the-box thresholding policies for new Central Thresholding service (for CPU and Memory of VMs and hosts)
Container Deployment Foundation (CDF) Enhancements
On the CFD side, we have made further improvements to provide seamless installation and upgrade experience and log forwarding. These include:
- Log improvements: CDF changed the logging (now using Fluentd) to simplify log forwarding of CDF and Operations Bridge logs to Operations Bridge Analytics and other targets (such as ElasticSearch)
- CLI-based (silent) deployment of Operations Bridge
- Miscellaneous installation improvements including simplified download and upload scripts (reduced time to download/upload images and reduced image footprint), CDF installation now includes more checks for required ports/packages, and other
- Upgrade improvements, in particular:
- Improved upgrade logs with more detailed information about upgrade steps, image count and time stamps
- Minimal downtime to upgrade CDF from 2018.08 to 2018.11: about less than 2 minutes with external PostgreSQL and 5 minutes per master node with embedded PostgreSQL
- The new Metadata UI that allows to start the Operations Bridge update process to the new version from the UI directly (thus simplifying future updates)
- Additional improvements to increase CDF robustness and resilience
The following enhancements are included in the latest versions of the Management Packs:
OBM Management Pack for Microsoft Azure:
- Discovery and monitoring of MS Azure Data Lake Analytics service
- Instance-based monitoring of Windows Event Logs for RM VMs
OBM Management Pack for Amazon Web Services (AWS):
- Role-based authentication (RBAC), supported for AWS Generic, AWS Billing and AWS CloudWatchLog Aspects.
- These aspects can now be deployed on cloud without providing login credentials, thus eliminating the need for storing and maintaining access/security keys for access to accounts and constant key renewals
OBM Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server:
- MS SQL Server Log Streaming to collect data from the MS SQL Server Alert log file
- Management Pack metric data forwarding to COSO
- Out-of-the-box enhanced high-availability cluster support for MS SQL Server (Cluster Awareness (ClAw) feature)
- Support for monitoring MS SQL Server 2017 on Windows
OBM Management Pack for JBoss Application Server:
- Now able to monitor High Availability Cluster environments (earlier, only standalone deployment scenario for JBoss was supported)
- Enables streaming of the JBOSS Server log file to OBA
- Support for JBoss EAP - 6.4 and 7.1
- Support for both SSL and non-SSL configurations (before, only non-SSL configurations were supported)
- Enhanced discovery to discover EJBs and Servlets (parameter in discovery aspect to discover EJB’s and servlets)
OBM Management Pack for Infrastructure:
- Management Pack metric data forwarding to COSO
OBM Management Pack for IBM WebSphere Application Server:
- Management Pack metric data forwarding to COSO
Operations Connector for OneView Enhancements:
- Interconnect and Logical Interconnect Discovery
- Released as a hotfix for OneView Operations Connector
- Available on the ITOM Marketplace
- The Online help, packaged with OBM and SiteScope, is now the same as the help provided on the Documentation Portal, that is, it has identical navigation, look and feel
- Selecting “Help” in the product attempts to launch the Documentation Portal help (as it may have newer content than the help packaged with individual products). If the Documentation Portal cannot be reached, the packaged help is displayed.
- The OBM Online help now also includes the help for Management Packs
Note: For the Operations Bridge help, use the Micro Focus Documentation Portal.
New Local Clients for EUM, Diagnostics and RUM Administrative UIs
Why are local clients necessary? Operations Bridge requires Java 8 for some administrative UIs and is currently supporting Oracle Java (Oracle Java 8). Oracle will stop public updates for Oracle Java 8 for commercial customers in January 2019; Java applets in browser will no longer be supported by Oracle in March 2019. Chrome and Firefox already stopped Java support. Therefore, Micro Focus plans to replace all Java applets with the new UI technology. Until this is completed, local clients are offered, which have to be installed on a client system and Include an OpenJDK supported by Micro Focus.
We already offer local clients for RTSM (now including the MacOS support), BPM Admin and SiteScope. In this release, we extend it to EUM, Diagnostics and RUM Administrative UIs. All local clients ship an OpenJDK 8 (supported by Micro Focus). Please note that the LDAP login is currently not supported.
OM-to-OpsBridge Evolution Enhancements
Last but not least, we are continuing to remove the limitations that stop you from moving to OpsBridge. These are our latest OM-to-OpsBridge evolution enhancements:
- Cluster-aware monitoring
- Improved node configuration report that now includes parameter values
- Improved Monitored Nodes Admin UI scalability (up to 20 000 nodes)
- Log File Entry Policy Editor includes a pattern test
Watch out for a separate blog describing these evolution enhancements in detail (to be available soon).
We encourage you to try out our new features and enhancements! For further information on our offerings, visit the Operations Bridge product page, explore our documentation resources and check out our videos and blogs.
If you have feedback or suggestions, don’t hesitate to comment on this article.
Explore full capabilities of Operations Bridge by taking a look at our Operations Bridge Manager, Operations Bridge Analytics, Operations Bridge Reporter, Operations Connector (OpsCx), Business Value Dashboard (BVD) and Operations Orchestration (OO) documentation!
To get more information on this release and how customers are using Operations Bridge, we are happy to announce the following events:
- Webinar – How Garanti Bank Delivers an Excellent End User Experience with Operations Bridge - 6 December 2018
- Summit – ITOM Summit Phoenix, AZ, USA - 5-7 February 2019
- Webinar replay – Hybrid IT is the new normal
- Webinar replay – Solving the complexity of Hybrid Cloud monitoring
- Webinar replay – 6 Ways to Simplify the Management of Your Multi-Cloud Environment
- Micro Focus events Worldwide
Read all our news at the Operations Bridge blog.
Explore all Operations Bridge capabilities and technology integrations by visiting these sites:
- Operations Bridge
- Operations Bridge Manager (formerly OMi)
- Operations Bridge Technology Integrations eBook
- Business Value Dashboard
- OBM Management Pack
- Operations Bridge
- Operations Bridge Reporter
- Performance Dashboard
- third-party connectors
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