This documentation supports releases of BMC Helix Continuous Optimization up to December 31, 2021. To view the latest version, select the version from the Product version menu.

2021 enhancements

Review the BMC Helix Continuous Optimization 2021 enhancements for features that will benefit your organization and to understand changes that might impact your users.

On-premises deployment

You can deploy BMC Helix Continuous Optimization in your on-premises environment. For more information, see BMC Helix IT Operations Management deployment 21.3 .

December 30, 2021

Golden model results template for custom views 

The Golden model results template displays charts that are generated from the last run of a Golden model. For more information, see Configuring the Golden model results template.

Automatic selection of the extrapolation algorithm

The Automatic option in the extrapolation model scenario identifies the specific regression algorithm that achieves the best performance in calculating the trendline. For more information, see Adding an extrapolation model scenario.

Migrate data marts and custom views from TrueSight Capacity Optimization

Use the Migration toolkit to migrate the SQL and Summary data marts and custom views from TrueSight Capacity Optimization. For more information, see Key considerations for migration.


November 19, 2021

System time forecasting template for custom views 

Use the System time forecasting template to display charts that are generated from the last run of a time forecasting model. For more information, see Configuring the System time forecasting template.


Migrate results from the TrueSight Capacity Optimization basic reports

Use the Migration toolkit to migrate the results of basic reports that are created in TrueSight Capacity Optimization. For more information, see Key considerations for migration.



October 22, 2021

Tree map template for custom views 

Use the Tree map template to display data in a hierarchical structure, as a set of nested rectangles. For more information, see Configuring the Tree Map template.

The following video (3:41) demonstrates how to configure a custom view by using a Tree map template:

 https://youtu.be/qU1QjCP8xN0

Capacity Pools view

View the capacity utilization of aggregated entities based on different criteria in a single view. Visualize the key capacity usage, risk, and efficiency indicators that are associated with Capacity Pools. For more information, see Capacity Pools view.

vCloud view

Analyze and manage the capacity of CPU, memory, and datastore utilization of vCloud, Provider vDCs, and Organization vDCs. For more information, see vCloud view.

Migrate reports from TrueSight Capacity Optimization

Use the Migration toolkit to migrate basic reports from TrueSight Capacity Optimization. For more information, see Key considerations for migration.



September 21, 2021

The following video (3:25) provides a summary of some of the new features in this release: 

 https://youtu.be/VhA_toTUbfk

Queuing network models

Use the Queuing network models to estimate service performance against changes in business driver volumes or infrastructure configuration. They can predict system utilization, throughput, queue length, and response time based on the impact of changes to the business drivers that are running on the systems. For more information, see Working with queuing network models.

Migration toolkit

Use the out-of-the-box migration toolkit to migrate data from TrueSight Capacity Optimization to BMC Helix Continuous Optimization. For more information, see Migrating to BMC Helix Continuous Optimization.

Out-of-the-box capacity views for vSphere infrastructure and virtual machines

Analyze and manage the capacity of a virtualized infrastructure running vSphere-based virtualization systems using the vSphere views. These views present key capacity metrics and charts for vSphere clusters, hosts, datastores, and virtual machines. These views also provide a set of recommended actions to help you resolve any issues that are identified in your virtualized infrastructure. For more information, see vSphere views.


Simplified installation of additional packages

Install all available packages, such as views, integrations (Sentry and Moviri integrators), and extensions from the Additional Packages tab (Administration > System > Maintenance). For details, see Performing system maintenance tasks

ETL module enhancements

The following ETL modules are enhanced to support new features and additional metrics:

ETL moduleEnhancements
Storage - All-in-One Extractor ServiceAdded support to manage the Huawei OceanStore storage systems by using REST APIs.
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization – k8s (Kubernetes) Prometheus
  • Improved the quality of imported data when a pod is restarted.
  • Improved the way the ETL works when no data is extracted due to incorrect extraction period. For example, expired Last Counter value.
  • Added the pod restart count and information about the HPA at the pod workload level.
  • Extended support for OpenShift 4.7.19+
Moviri - Entuity ExtractorAdded the option to import the entity interface alias as an interface name (metric subresource name).
Moviri - Dynatrace Extractor
  • Added support to import additional metrics at the host, service, and application levels (includes custom metrics).
  • Extended support for the Dynatrace tag at the host, service, and application levels.


August 23, 2021

Tags to group and filter resources 

Add tags to specific resources based on their purpose, region, status, types, and so on. Use the Tag filter to easily search for and filter the resources in your infrastructure. For more information, see Working with tags.

The following video (3:05) explains the Tag feature and demonstrates how to create and use tags.

 https://youtu.be/nemzAuQ83gc

Updates to Reports

The following enhancements are added to Reports:

Composite report based on existing reports

Use the Report wizard to consolidate existing reports into a single report. For more information, see Creating reports.

Report based on a report template

Save a report that contains analyses and models that you frequently use as a template. Use this template to quickly create a report that uses similar content. 

Watch the following video (2:55) to learn how to create a report based on a template.

 https://youtu.be/AzAxGydIjcM



July 27, 2021

Product name is changed to BMC Helix Continuous Optimization 

BMC Helix Capacity Optimization is renamed to BMC Helix Continuous Optimization.

Updates to the Migration Simulation Settings page

The following enhancements are added to the Migration Simulation Settings page: 

Integrated on-premises cost estimator 

Use the Cost Estimator Inputs tab to estimate the monthly on-premises costs of the physical and virtual resources in your environment. Specify the on-premises characteristics, such as a number of physical hosts, number of VMs, and operating systems, which are considered for calculating the costs. You can also specify costs for other factors, such as network, personnel, storage, and facilities. 


Discounts or an additional cost for public cloud pricing catalogs

Specify a discount or an additional cost, such as personnel expenses, to be applied to the cost of resources that are provisioned in the public cloud.

Last update date for public cloud price catalogs

The Settings page displays the date when the public cloud price catalogs were last updated.

Report creation by using existing Analyses and Models

Use existing analyses and models to create a consolidated report for easier and quicker analysis of domain-based content in a structured layout. Schedule the generation of the report to share it with the stakeholders.

For more information, see Creating reports.

 https://youtu.be/FuYLsQdnNtk

Correlation analyses and extrapolation models

Use correlation analyses to correlate resource utilization for the systems and business drivers, analyze correlation map, and hence identify issues, trends, and bottlenecks. The correlation analyses available in BMC Helix Continuous Optimization are Performance versus load analysis, Load versus load analysis, and Performance versus performance analysis. For more information, see Correlating resource utilization for systems and business drivers.

Extrapolation models forecast for metric values in relation with other metrics based on the correlation defined in the correlation analysis. For more information, see Working with extrapolation models.

Usability improvements

Search in Views

Search for systems in a specific view or across all the out-of-the-box capacity views. For more information, see Using common fields and options in Views.

Charts in What-if Simulation

With interactive charts in a What-if Simulation, view the CPU and memory utilization and analyze the bottlenecks to avoid the risk of saturation. For more information, see Using simulations to predict the growth of your resources.



May 27, 2021

The following video (1:59) provides a summary of some of the new features in this release: 

 https://youtu.be/TW9W4aFx1Bw

What-if simulation to predict the growth of resources in Kubernetes deployments

Use the What-if simulation to predict the behavior and analyze the capacity of resources for a set of Kubernetes deployments. Specify the expected growth of resources for a future date in the forecast period, and use the simulation results to identify the bottlenecks and capacity issues. You can add resources and scale up the deployment to remediate a saturation risk.   

For more information, see Using simulations to predict the growth of your resources.


Visibility into your business services using the Business Services view

Use the Business Services view to get a consolidated summary of the overall health and status of the business services in your infrastructure. Drill down into specific business services and view the associated applications, service pools, or deployment details. This information helps you analyze the capacity at the service pool or deployment level.

For more information, see Business Services view

Simulate the migration of your servers to the public cloud

Use Migration Simulation to review and analyze the future cost estimates and cost trends of migrating your on-premises servers to the public cloud. This information can help you decide whether you should continue to use your on-premises servers, migrate them to a public cloud, or migrate them from one cloud to another. 

The simulation results provide recommendations for the type and size of the infrastructure instances on the public cloud provider along with the associated costs.

For more information, see Estimating the cost of migrating servers to the public cloud.

Entity management

You can edit, move, and delete entities in the Workspace. For more information, see Lifecycle and status of entities and domains.

Use the global search to search for entities in Workspace and Administration. For more information, see Searching for entities.

Out-of-the-box view for Oracle database clusters

The OEM view helps you analyze and manage the capacity of database clusters and hosts in your Oracle infrastructure. For more information, see OEM view.

Extended coverage for data collection

ETL module enhancements

The following ETL modules are enhanced to support new features and additional metrics:

ETL moduleEnhancements
BMC - TrueSight Capacity Optimization Gateway VIS files parserEnhanced to import additional subresource metrics. For more information, see Entity relationship, metrics and lookup information for BMC - TrueSight Capacity Optimization Gateway VIS files parser.
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization – k8s (Kubernetes) Prometheus

Added a configuration parameter to aggregate:

  • On the namespace level from the controller or container level
  • Cluster metrics from nodes metrics
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - Dynatrace
  • Added the option to import hosts as cloud entities based on the cloud type.
  • Added the option to import all services.
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - AmbariRemoved the unnecessary column locationnm.
Hitachi Device Manager ETL for BMC Helix Continuous Optimization
  • Improved the method used to collect metrics for Volumes by using a single request to make it faster.
  • Added the ST_DISK_TYPE metric to Storage Pool entities. This configuration metric refers to the Disk Type and Disk RPM of the given Parity Group.
  • Increased the default timeout for REST requests up to 1 hour.
Storage All-in-One ETL for BMC Helix Continuous Optimization
  • Support for Hitachi G Series (REST API)
  • Support for Pure Storage (REST API v2.4+)
  • Improved the content of the Timeout log file.
  • Improved Storage Engine performance to avoid Java Out of Memory issues.
  • New metrics in NetApp SolidFire (REST):

    • ST_SYSTEM_PORT_NUM: Total number of ports on the storage array
    • ST_METADATA_USED_PCT: Percentage of metadata used in the storage array
  • New metric in Dell EMC XtremIO (REST):

    • ST_SYSTEM_PORT_NUM: Total number of ports on the storage array
  • New metrics in Pure Storage (REST):

    • ST_AVAILABLE_FOR_STORAGE_POOLS: Available capacity for Storage Pools (raw space available for storage pool creation)
    • ST_COMPRESSION_RATIO: Overall ratio of the compressed data of the entity
  • New metrics in IBM DS888x:

    • ST_AVAILABLE_FOR_STORAGE_POOLS: Raw space available for storage pool creation
    • ST_AVAILABLE_IN_STORAGE_POOLS: Total unused space across all storage pools
  • New metric in Dell EMC VMAX (WBEM):

    • ST_POOL_RAID_LEVEL: RAID level of the storage pool
  • New metric in Ceph Storage:

    • ST_SYSTEM_PORT_NUM: Total number of ports
NetApp Data ONTAP ETL for BMC Helix Continuous Optimization
  • Added the ST_SAVED_SPACE_PCT metric that reports on the percentage of space savings achieved by using deduplication and data compression.
  • Fixed the relationship between an Ethernet Port and Controller for reporting.

Extended software support

The following ETLs support the following additional software versions:

ETL moduleNewly supported software version
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - Dynatrace

MongoDB

.Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - Clouderaguava
Storage All-in-One ETL for BMC Helix Continuous Optimization
  • Dell EMC SC Series
  • IBM Spectrum Scale
  • NetApp E-Series
  • Dell EMC VMAX/PowerMax storage systems are fully supported via the Unisphere REST API
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - ElasticSearchElasticSearch version 6.8




April 22, 2021

Out-of-the-box capacity views for standalone servers 

Analyze and manage the capacity of standalone servers in your infrastructure. The Server views enable you to manage the capacity and performance of the standalone servers. For more information, see Server views.

Enhanced ETL Development Kit

The ETL Development Kit allows you to activate or deactivate custom ETL packages by using an API key. For more information, see Creating and managing custom ETLs.

Notifications for Optimizer rules

Specify a list of recipients that will receive automatic notifications via email messages when the Optimizer rule conditions are satisfied. For more information, see Configuring and managing Optimizer rules.

Status page to view the ETL processing and volumes data

View the processing status and the volumes of data processed by ETLs by using the Data Warehouse > Status page. The processing status includes the message queue size, message queue age, relations queue size, and relations queue age information. For more information, see Viewing the status of the data warehouse.

Tagging Rule Manager system task 

A system task, Tagging Rule Manager, is added in BMC Helix Continuous Optimizationto manage tagging rules. For more information, Managing tagging rules for tag-based search and filtering.



March 20, 2021

Optimization recommendations for Kubernetes resources 

A tab for recommendations is added to the Kubernetes view. This tab provides out-of-the-box recommendations that enable you to handle a probable risk or efficiency issue with the capacity of your Kubernetes resources. The following recommendations are provided:

  • Forecasted saturation recommendations: Identify containers as well as infrastructure entities such as clusters, nodes, and namespaces for which capacity is nearing saturation or already saturated
  • Oversubscription recommendations: Identify oversubscription conditions for clusters
  • Overallocation recommendations: Identify containers that are overallocated and are inefficiently consuming resources

You can also analyze the systems and take appropriate actions on them by reviewing the provided recommendations. You can decide to ignore the recommendations or save them for a later review.

For more information, see Recommendations page in the Kubernetes view


Recommendations for GCP VM instances

A tab for recommendations is added to the GCP view. This tab provides out-of-the-box recommendations that enable you to handle a probable risk or efficiency issue with the capacity of your GCP VM instances. The following recommendations are provided:

  • Idle VM recommendations 
  • Scheduled Power On/Off recommendations

For more information, see Recommendations page in the GCP VM Instances view.

Support for IBM Cloud

ETL to import data from IBM Cloud

The new IBM Cloud - IBM Cloud API Extractor for Classic Infrastructure enables you to collect configuration and performance data of the virtual machines (virtual servers) that are provisioned in your IBM Cloud infrastructure. Use this ETL to collect metrics from the following entities:

  • Virtual Server for Classic
  • Block storage
  • Object storage

Out-of-the-box views for IBM Cloud

Analyze and manage the capacity of virtual server instances in your IBM Cloud infrastructure. The IBM views provide an overview of available capacity, utilization, trends, and residual capacity in terms of CPU, memory, and datastore utilization for each entity. For more information, see IBM views.

Enhanced reporting capabilities

Advanced Summary Data Mart Wizard

In the Summary Data Mart wizard, you can:

  • Configure the entity filter. 
  • Include the parent entity details for the selected entity.
  • Edit the properties in the JSON format using the new Advanced Editor. The Advanced Editor supports additional functionalities, such as thresholds, domains, and tags. For more information, see Using the advanced editor of the summary data mart wizard.

The following video (4:52) illustrates the process of creating a summary data mart.

 https://youtu.be/4CfqCC58ngI

Visualizations powered by BMC Helix Dashboards

Use BMC Helix Dashboards, a SaaS service on BMC Helix Portal that provides the ability to create interactive dashboards for the entities that are managed by BMC Helix Continuous Optimization. You can customize the dashboards in multiple ways to gain valuable insights into your system. For more information, see Using BMC Helix Dashboards v21.05.

Usability improvements

Unified user interface

The separate Console and Dashboard user interfaces are unified with a single logon. Access all the views (built-in and custom) from the Views tab. 

Built on the next-generation BMC Helix Portal

BMC Helix Portal is a SaaS solution with built-in common services on a microservices-based architecture. The product also offers a set of integrated BMC Helix products from a single, unified view for an improved end-user experience. You can navigate easily between applications without the need for separate authentication or integration. Use common services such as user management, tenant management, and single sign-on for the BMC products that are integrated on BMC Helix Portal.


Common user management service

All user management functions are performed centrally in BMC Helix Portal. View the BMC Helix Continuous Optimization out-of-the box roles and their related permissions in the BMC Helix Portal Role and Permissions page. For more information, see Default user groups and permissions.

You can provide role-based access control to specific domains by configuring authorization profiles in BMC Helix Continuous Optimization.

The following video (3:14) illustrates the process of configuring authorization profiles.

 https://youtu.be/cseS2arpgxA

Ability to import and export views

Data Provider REST API imports and exports the configuration for capacity views from other environments. For more information, see Data Provider API.

Common page to download product components

A new page is available in the Administration tab to download the following product components:

  • ETL Development Kit
  • Remote ETL Engine
  • Gateway Server
  • Capacity Agents
  • Analyze and Predict components

For more information, see Downloading the product components.

Search the online documentation from the Self-help pane

Use the Self-help pane to search the online documentation for the required content. As you type in a keyword, the related topics are displayed. Click the required topic to access the online documentation. 

Extended coverage for data collection

ETL to import data from VMware vCloud Director version 9.x and 10.x 

The VMware - Cloud Director 9.x/10.x Extractor enables you to collect configuration and performance data from 9.x and 10.x versions of the VMware Cloud Director. This ETL imports vCloud infrastructure as well as vCloud services data from the vCloud Director. Use this ETL to collect metrics from the following entities:

  • VMware - Cloud Director Infrastructure
    • vCloud
    • Provider vDC
    • Org vDC
    • Resource Pool
    • Host
    • Datastore
  • VMware - Cloud Director Service
    • Organizations: Organization vDCs
    • Organization vDC: vApps
    • vApp: VMs

Metrics for VMware vSAN

The VMware vCenter Extractor Service collects VMware vSAN metrics for cluster, hosts, virtual machines, and datastores. For more information, see Metrics collected by VMware ETLs.

Metrics for Transaction data

The BMC - TrueSight Capacity Optimization Gateway VIS files parser imports transaction metrics as subresource metrics of workloads. For more information, see Entity relationship, metrics and lookup information for BMC - TrueSight Capacity Optimization Gateway VIS files parser.

ETL module enhancements

The following ETL modules are enhanced to support new features and additional metrics:

ETL module

Enhancements

Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - Pivotal Cloud Foundry
  • Support the reconciliation with Virtual Machine - VMware entities (imported by the built-in VMware ETL) when running Foundations on VMware
  • Support the reconciliation with Virtual Machine - AWS entities (imported by the built-in AWS ETL) when running Foundations on AWS
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices

Moviri Integrator for Helix Capacity Optimization – k8s (Kubernetes) Prometheus

  • Improved the import of ST_SIZE metric at the Persistent Volume level
  • Extended support for OpenShift 4.6
  • Extended support for Pivotal Kubernetes Service (PKS)
  • Improved the Lookup Issue on some Pod Workload metrics
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - ServiceNow
  • Improved the _COMPATIBILITY_ field when Multiple Lookup is selected
  • Added the possibility to use Display Value
  • Fixed issues with intermediate node configuration metrics
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices

.Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - k8s Heapster v20.02

  • Enhanced the KPOD_NUM metric aggregation at the Cluster level
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices
Moviri - Dynatrace Extractor
  • Improved the calculation for importing TOTAL_REAL_MEM metric at Host level
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices
.Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - AppDynamics v20.02
  • Improved error handling when connection timeout occurs when the AppDynamics REST API (via ETL properties) is accessed
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices

Extended software support

The following ETLs support new software versions:

For a list of all the supported software versions, see the ETL documentation.

Support for new versions of operating systems

The following operating systems are supported for Remote ETL Engine, Gateway Server, and Capacity Agents:

Operating System

Newly-supported versions

Remote ETL Engine

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

7.8 and later
Gateway Server
Red Hat Enterprise Linux

7.8 and later

SUSE15 SP2
Capacity Agents
Red Hat Enterprise Linux

7.8 and later

SUSE15 SP2
Linux CentOS7.8 and later
Oracle Linux8.1 and later
Citrix Xen7.6.0
Citrix Hypervisor8.0.0
Ubuntu20.04 LTS

For information about the supported operating systems for the product components, see .Planning.

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