What's New in Operations Bridge 2021.08

by in IT Operations Management

We are pleased to announce the availability of Micro Focus Operations Bridge 2021.08. This release focuses on the Operations Bridge Container deployment and brings various new features and enhancements. The highlight of the release is the newly designed Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud monitoring service that offers quick visibility into AWS Cloud Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and provides additional deployment flexibility.

Summary of enhancements

Changes in the Operations Bridge Container deployment:

  • AWS Cloud monitoring (General Availability)
  • Business Value Dashboard (BVD) enhancements:
    • Multi-selection of parameters
    • Cascading parameters
  • Operations Bridge OPTIC Data Lake (DL) Reporting enhancements:
    • Three reports updated to use cascading parameters
    • The new whitepaper on enabling topology-based reports
  • Operations Bridge Manager (OBM) RtSM now uses the new Universal CMDB version 2021.08
  • Sizing Calculator updates:

Documentation enhancements:

Operations Bridge Integration enhancements:

  • New Operations Bridge Integrations for:
  • Enhancements to the existing Operations Bridge Integrations and documentation

Since our last release, we have also published the following additions on the ITOM Marketplace:           

  • Operations Agent Content Pack for internal message filtering updated to enhance internal events of OA with message keys and additional useful information (instruction text). This improves event correlation and makes the internal events more actionable.
  • FIPS Enablement Tool now allowing to enable and verify the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) on many agents
  • The new OPTIC Data Lake Management Pack that discovers and monitors key areas of the OPTIC Data Lake, such as the data flow, agent metric collection, as well as basic Kubernetes and Vertica availability

Content updates:

For additional information, please check out the Containerized Operations Bridge 2021.08 Release notes. Also, take a look at the latest Operations Bridge support matrices for information on supported components, versions, software and hardware requirements, as well as obsolescence announcements. 

Changes in the Operations Bridge Container deployment

New AWS Cloud monitoring service (General Availability)

The new Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud monitoring service offers the following benefits:

  • AWS Cloud monitoring is built on a newly designed monitoring service that runs on containers and supports large scale (10k resources per instance) monitoring for AWS IaaS
  • Helps you achieve faster time-to-value (TTV) by getting visibility into AWS IaaS resources in less than 30 minutes post installation
  • Allows you to embrace cloud-native concepts like cloud tags for discovery and monitoring configuration
  • Enables you to get end-to-end visibility from infrastructure to applications that are deployed on-premises and in the cloud, by seamless integration into OBM for events and performance metrics management

Figure 1. AWS Cloud monitoring events in OBM and context-specific performance graphs

The new Cloud Monitoring capability offers the following functionality:

  • Discovering and monitoring AWS resources: You can quickly discover your AWS resources by deploying the out-of-the-box cloud monitoring policy and specifying the tag of resources you want to discover and monitor. As an alternative, you can use the Cloud monitoring CLI (ops-monitoring-ctl) to discover AWS resources and get their CloudWatch metrics into the OPTIC DL.

You can view the discovered AWS resources in OBM. The services supported by the Cloud monitoring capability include:

  • Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Auto Scaling group (ASG)
  • Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  • Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Cloud-native concepts in monitoring: If you use tags to organize and group AWS resources in the AWS Management Console, you can use the same tags in the Cloud monitoring configuration to filter the scope of discovery and monitoring. The tags from your monitored AWS resources are included in every AWS metric in the OPTIC DL. The Performance Dashboard charts display the resource's tags in OBM.
  • Metric visualization: You can visualize your AWS resource metrics using out of the box AWS Performance Dashboards or using the new Performance Troubleshooting UI.
  • Monitoring at scale: The event-driven architecture natively allows monitoring jobs to be distributed across a scaled set of collectors. This means that expanding the monitoring capacity is as simple as scaling the number of pods in a Kubernetes deployment. One Cloud Monitoring pod is able to retrieve metrics from up to 10,000 AWS resources every 5 minutes.
  • Threshold monitoring and events in OBM: You can configure thresholds for your cloud resource metrics and get events whenever a metric breaches its threshold. Note that we monitor 41 metrics for threshold violations out of the box.

Operations Bridge and NOM Sizing Calculator enhancements

  • New input fields for Network Node Manager (NNM) and NA (for NOM + Operations Bridge deployments using shared OPTIC DL/BVD services). This is relevant for cases when you deploy the NOM Suite (including NNM and NA containers) in the same Kubernetes cluster as Operations Bridge and want to use the already existing OPTIC DL & BVD services.
  • New input fields for Cloud monitoring (allows you to calculate hardware requirements for Operations Bridge including the Cloud monitoring capability)
  • New tab/calculator allowing you to calculate worker node requirements for multi-suite scenarios

Figure 2. New fields in sizing calculator

BVD enhancements

  • Multi-selection of parameters: Report designers can now allow users to specify multiple values in report parameters, which can be very useful for group widgets or in cases when you need a report on consolidated data, for example, the number of events for multiple nodes
  • Cascading parameters: Provides the ability to fine-tune the report data selection by enabling nested parameters

OPTIC DL Reporting enhancements

  • You can integrate network reports (NOM OPTIC DL Reporting) with Operations Bridge 2021.08 for Operations Bridge-NOM on-premises and AWS deployments
  • You can integrate DCA reports (DCA OPTIC Data Lake Reporting) with Operations Bridge 2021.08 for Operations Bridge-DCA on-premises and AWS deployments
  • The following reports – System Diskspace Detail, Events by CI, and Event Assignment by users – now use the new cascading parameter feature
  • New white paper on enabling topology-centric reports (service and group based).

Operations Bridge Integration enhancements

In this release, we have added new integration templates for the following Operations Bridge integrations:

  • Integration for Dynatrace: The Host up Topology to OBM Topology (OA) integration template enables topology discovery starting from hosts up to applications
  • Integration for CA UIM: The CA UIM metrics to OBM metrics (OA) integration template adds supportability for collecting metrics from CA UIM
  • Integration for SolarWinds: several integration templates were added that add supportability for VIM and DPA modules

Additionally, the following new features have been implemented:

  • The Back sync to Domain Manager feature has been implemented for the Dynatrace, SolarWinds, Zabbix, Nutanix and BMC Truesight Operations Manager integrations
  • The new User Management page has been added allowing to create, update and delete multiple admin users (this page is only available for superadmin users)
  • IU error messages are now more detailed providing more information for troubleshooting
  • Support for the I18N standard

The integration documentation has been enhanced with the following:

  • CI types discovered by integrations and metrics collected by integrations are now documented
  • Added documentation for event properties for each integration
  • New User Guide for the Integration Hub UI
  • Improved scale and sizing documentation
  • New documentation for high availability setups

You can find the latest integration documentation in the Integrations section of the Operations Bridge Content page.

 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.

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