21.02 features

This topic describes the features provided in BMC Helix Capacity Optimization 21.02.

Optimization recommendations for Kubernetes resources

A new 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 details, see Recommendations page in the Kubernetes view

Recommendations for GCP VM instances

A new 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 details, see Recommendations page in the GCP VM Instances view.

Support for IBM Cloud

New 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. You can use this ETL to collect metrics from the following entities:

  • Virtual Server for Classic
  • Block storage
  • Object storage

New out-of-the-box views for IBM Cloud

You can now 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 details, see IBM views.

Enhanced reporting capabilities

Advanced Summary Data Mart wizard

In the Summary Data Mart wizard, you can now:

  • 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 details, see Using the advanced editor of the summary data mart wizard.

Visualizations powered by BMC Helix Dashboards

You can now 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 Capacity Optimization. You can customize the dashboards in multiple ways to gain valuable insights into your system. For details, see Using BMC Helix Dashboards.

Usability Improvements

Unified User Interface

The separate Console and Dashboard user interfaces are now unified with a single logon. You can access all 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. You can 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 now performed centrally in BMC Helix Portal. You can view the BMC Helix Capacity Optimization out-of-the box roles and their related permissions in the BMC Helix Portal Role and Permissions page. For details, see Default user groups and permissions.

You can provide role-based access control to specific domains by configuring authorization profiles in BMC Helix Capacity 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 details, see Data Provider API.

Common page to download product components

A new page is now 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 details, see Downloading the product components.

Ability to search the online documentation from the Self-help pane

You can now 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. You can click the required topic to access the online documentation. 


Extended coverage for data collection

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

The new 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. You can 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 now collects VMware vSAN metrics for cluster, hosts, virtual machines, and datastores. For details, see Metrics collected by VMware ETLs.

Metrics for Transaction data

The BMC - TrueSight Capacity Optimization Gateway VIS files parser now imports transaction metrics as subresource metrics of workloads. For details, 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 selecting Multiple Lookup
  • 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

  • Enhanced the KPOD_NUM metric aggregation at the Cluster level
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices
Moviri Integrator for BMC Helix Capacity Optimization - Dynatrace
  • 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
  • Improved error handling when connection timeout occurs while accessing the AppDynamics REST API (via ETL properties)
  • Modified Configuration Metric duration to align with best practices

Extended software support

The following ETLs now support new software versions:

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

Support for new operating systems

The following operating systems are now 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 a list of all the supported operating systems, see Planning for data collection in the on-premises environment and System requirements for the Capacity Agent

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