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BMC Capacity Optimization 9.5 provides important product updates and several product enhancements and fixes.

For more information, refer to the following sections:

Updates

BMC Capacity Optimization provides the following major updates:

Technology updates

This section describes topics related to technology updates.

General technology updates

  • The Java Runtime Environment has been updated from version 1.6.0_26  to 1.6.0_45.
  • Various security fixes and performance improvements have been incorporated.

Technology updates to Integration Studio

  • The Eclipse environment has been upgraded from version 3.4.2 (Ganimede) to 4.2.2 (Juno).
  • The Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool (BIRT) for designing and running Advanced Reports has been upgraded from version 2.3.2 to 4.2.2.

Administration

This section describes topics related to installation and administration.

Architectural changes

The architecture of BMC Capacity Optimization has been simplified as described below:

  • Analysis Server has been removed: The Analysis Server (R server) process is not required anymore and is not installed with the product. All analyses/models are now executed using Java inside the Web Server component (Tomcat).
  • Data Accumulator has been deprecated: The Data Accumulator component is still available and supported, but is now a deprecated component whose use is not recommended. For more information, see Levels of support for specific BMC Capacity Optimization features.
  • Optimizer Solver has been removed: The Optimizer Solver (AMPL) component that was previously used by the Consolidation View is not required anymore and is not installed along with the product. As a consequence, you do not need to generate an AMPL license key during installation.
  • Remote ETL Engine: The Remote ETL Engine that uses the Data API to load data in the Data Warehouse is now improved as RESTful HTTP Web Service known as the Data API Service.

A new component has been introduced inside the BMC Capacity Optimization Application Server:

  • A Service Container running on the BMC Capacity Optimization Application Server provides the ability to isolate backend services to improve their resilience and workload balancing. For more information, see Service Containers and Backend Services.

Enhancements to the product installer

The installer has been significantly enhanced and simplified to make the product setup easier and quicker. You can now run the installer as a root user, this option offers additional automated configuration steps. For instance, new options are offered to support advanced database configurations in the Database configuration step. The Uninstall process has also been enhanced and provides the ability to completely clean up the database schema. For more information, see Installing BMC Capacity Optimization.

Also, the installer can now detect more than 50 error codes to report problems and allows you to quickly diagnose issues. 

Enhancements to the silent install procedure

The silent install mode allows installation in situations where the operating system does not provide graphical UI support. BMC Capacity Optimization now provides pre-configured sample response configuration along with the installation package. For more information, see Installing silently.

Integrations

Note

Sentry Software Integration for BMC Capacity Optimization is not available at the time of the BMC Capacity Optimization 9.5 release. A new version of the ETL modules is expected to be made available soon.

This section describes topics related to updates made to the integration capabilities.

Integration with BMC Performance Assurance

The connector to BMC Performance Assurance has been enhanced to support more flexible data integration. The BMC Performance Assurance connector now allows selection of the specific OS platforms, so that one single connector can be used for importing data from multiple platforms, and it now supports multiple lookup fields to enable lookup sharing with CMDB and other major data sources.

New integration with VMware vCloud Director

A new integration to VMware vCloud Director has been provided to allow users to better manage the capacity of their vSphere private clouds, and have visibility of the capacity associated to constructs defined in vCloud Director to define resource pooling, virtual data centers, services and organizations. For more information, see VMware vCloud Director. For related information, see vCloud Capacity Visibility view.

Enhanced support for BMC CMDB and BMC ADDM

The support has been enhanced as follows:

Analytics

This section describes topics related to updates to the analytical capabilities.

Service Templates

A new construct, Service Templates, is used to represent the resource footprint at service level, similar to System Templates representing the footprint of a single (physical or virtual) server. Indeed, Service Templates can contain one or more System Templates that represent all the systems required to run the corresponding service in BMC Capacity Optimization. For more information, see Working with service templates.

Enhancement to Analyses

Enhancement to Time Forecasting Models

The layout of the execution summary of Time Forecasting Models has been enhanced to help better identify saturating systems, and then allow the summary to be expanded to visualize all resources and bottlenecks for each system. Also, the corresponding layout of Time Forecasting Models in basic reports has been changed accordingly.

Also, new types of what-if events can now be added to Time Forecasting scenarios "Add Service Instances" and "Decommision Service Instances" for the newly available Service Templates construct. For more information, see Working with Time Forecasting Models.

Enhancement to Basic Reports

Basic Reports can be enriched to allow better content delivered to end users. Textual description can also be added for the overall report and for each of the included analyses and models. For more information, see Reports and report templates.

Basic Report Templates

Basic Reports can now be saved as Basic Report Templates, and then reused multiple times without recreating them from scratch all the time (in the same or across domains). Therefore, Report Templates can now be of three different types: i) Out-of-the-box report templates provided by BMC Capacity Optimization; ii) Custom report templates, created from BMC Capacity Optimization Integration Studio and uploaded as Advanced Reports Templates; and iii) Custom report templates, created as Basic Report Template from Analyses and Models. As a result, you can now easily create your own library of Report Templates and reduce the effort and time required to deliver reports to end users. For more information, see Reports and report templates.

Virtual Planner

In previous versions, consolidation and virtualization scenarios were executed from the Consolidation View, while in the BMC Capacity Optimization Extended Edition, which also included the BMC Performance Perceiver solution (see Introduction), there was also another User Interface called Virtualization Planning. In BMC Capacity Optimization 9.5.00, the Consolidation View has been replaced by a new tab, called Virtual Planner, in the BMC Capacity Optimization console. The Virtual Planner is is based on the Virtualization Planning user interface that is still available in BMC Performance Perceiver 9.5.00. For details, refer to Levels of support for specific BMC Capacity Optimization features.

The new Virtual Planner from BMC Capacity Optimization supports additional use cases (such as host/guest decommissioning and hosts re-balancing) and new capabilities (for instance, printing facilities) with respect to the Consolidation view. The new Virtual Planner also provides better usability (for example, the ability to define groups by leveraging Domains) that are not available in the Virtualization Planning user interface, that is still available in BMC Performance Perceiver.

The Virtual Planner does not require BMC Performance Perceiver as a prerequisite and can therefore be used in both BMC Capacity Optimization and BMC Capacity Optimization Extended Edition implementation. As a result of this change, while the concept of Virtualization Readiness Index (VRI) is still available in the Virtual Planner, the ETL task that was previously associated is not longer required. For more information, see Virtual Planner.

Enhancements to Chargeback for BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management

The supported platforms and UoM mapping for the automated Chargeback capabilities specific to BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management have been enhanced. For more information, see Supported platforms and UoM mapping.

Best Practices

This section describes topics related to updates to the out-of-the-box contents and related capabilities.

Recommendations for vSphere

A new construct called Recommendation has been added, that recommends actions to reduce capacity-related risks and improve the efficiency of the managed environment. This new construct builds upon the already available mechanism of Resource Monitors, which has been enhanced to provide support for automatically triggering alerts and provide recommendations. This mechanism is generic, and in the future, could be applied to any technology domain, managed by BMC Capacity Optimization.

Several types of Recommendations for major vSphere entities are provided out-of-the-box, and displayed in the VMware Virtual Farm view. For more information, see Viewing recommendations in your VMware Virtual Farm.

Enhancements to the VMware Virtual Farm view

All VMware Virtual Farm views have been enhanced to help answer additional capacity questions for storage sub-systems and to provide a complete picture of cluster memory usage and contention. The Cluster view has been reorganized to display additional memory and storage metrics, the spare VM calculation now also factors storage utilization, in addition to CPU and Memory utilization, and allows a threshold to be set for CPU, Memory and storage. Additionally, the vSphere License View has been re-purposed to vCenter Summary View. For more information, see VMware Virtual Machine View and vSphere Infrastructure View.

vCloud Capacity Visibility view

A new vCloud Capacity Visibility view is now available to allow you to better manage the capacity of vSphere private clouds and have visibility of the capacity associated to constructs defined in vCloud Director to define resource pooling, virtual data centers, services and organizations. For more information, see vCloud Capacity Visibility View.

Cloud Capacity Visibility view

The Cloud Capacity Visibility view for BMC Capacity Optimization has been enhanced to provide dedicated pages for each construct. New pages have been added for Pod, Network Container and Datastore Pool. For more information, see Cloud Capacity Visibility view.

Customer requested enhancements

The following table lists the customer requested enhancements included in this release.

Tracking NumberDescription
QM001756102An option that can be used to skip creation of entities has been added to the Loader configuration tab. While adding an ETL, select Skip entity creation for ETL tasks sharing lookup with other tasks, to avoid creating new systems.
QM001763969Schedules for ETL modules can now be updated while the ETL module is running. Also, the configuration can be updated after the ETL module is scheduled.
QM001718941

A Datastore level metric, TOTAL_DSTORE_PROVISIONED, used to calculate provisioned space has been added to the VMWare ETL metrics.

QM001726399A BMC Capacity Optimization Administrator can now create access groups to restrict access for out-of-the-box views , and display entities allowed for specific users.
QM001735509You can now perform an analysis on historical BMC Performance Assurance workload data that is not active.
QM001746540Analysis charts can be customized to display the regression line using a custom color, line type, and line stroke using the Series options tab.
QM001769152A materialized view used for viewing High Latency has been added to the VMware Virtual Machine View.
QM001781257

A new public view, PV_RM_ALERT_LOG, which contains alert logs has been added to the Advanced reporting module.

QM001768664

VIS and Capacity Management Database (CDB) ETL modules can now be configured for multiple platforms using a single ETL. Select the platforms from the Run configuration tab, after selecting the ETL module.

QM001720453Frequency histograms templates have been added to the existing Analysis chart types.
QM001690748

You can edit an Analysis chart and add a Chart Comment that is displayed when the chart is viewed.

QM001718940Chart grouping by entity name, and then by Analysis/Model and vice versa, can be configured for Basic reports.
QM001722844

A new Report TemplateVMware Datastore - Future Saturation - All Domains, has been added. This Advanced BIRT report can be used to send emails/reports to VMware datastore users.

QM001723234

A basic report template, VMware Virtual Resource Pool, and Advanced BIRT report template, VMware Virtual Resource Pool - All Domains, have been added. These reports provide the capability to view capacity and utilization reports for resource pools.

QM001723613A Summary page is now available for the PPT format of the OOTB report, Consolidation VMware Virtual Host Health Status.
QM001726753

The access control list that applies to users in a Access group is automatically updated, providing the users access to services/machines that are added after the hierarchy rule was created.

QM001746719Multiple lookup fields are available for each platform selected while adding BPA CDB ETL modules.
QM001748664

When a leaf from the branch of a Domain is added to the Access Group, the container Domain is also selected, and added automatically.

QM001757364A new option that allows you to download and share Hierarchy rule log files has been added. You can click Download log to download and share the files for troubleshooting.
QM001768679

ETL logs for scheduler instances of ETLs are now available. For instance, you can use these logs for viewing the reason that caused an ETL to time out and go into recovery mode.

QM001715255

The Output Options tab of the time forecasting model has been updated with the ability to filter and group the information displayed.

QM001756103Multiple lookup fields are available for each platform selected while adding BPA CDB ETL modules.
QM001770257The AIX Frame Alias is now displayed in the Workspace domain tree and Dashboards. The alias is more readable in comparison to the Frame Alias that was already displayed.
QM001696537

The consolidation dashboard has been replaced with Virtual Planner, which provides the capability (using the Decommission Hosts study) to perform an approximation of hosts required for supporting the workload on the hosts to be upgraded.

QM001701561

If a patch that executes database update scripts fails, appropriate errors are logged and displayed.

QM001715258A new Resource Monitor Rule Template, Generic - Future Saturation has been added. For instance, use this rule to send an alert email to users with predictive information about the threshold for a specific metric.
QM001723945

A setting that is used to show/hide template VMs has been added to the Settings tab of the Virtualization views.

QM001746530

A new public view, PV_RM_ALERT_LOG, which contains alert logs has been added to the Advanced reporting module. You can create rules that only show systems having samples over a specified threshold.

QM001791866

The NetApp - DataFabric Manager Manageability SDK extractor supports DataFabric Manager 5.1.

QM001756092Basic report templates have been added, and can be used to create templates that are used across domains.