NetIQ Operations Center 5.6 - JUST RELEASED !!

NetIQ Operations Center 5.6 - JUST RELEASED !!

I am happy to inform you that NetIQ Operations Center 5.6 has just been released.  With this release, there are several new features available for our customers to leverage.   I will provide an overview of the features in the release.  I encourage you to download the installer and kick the tires in your development/test environment.   If you have any questions on where/how to obtain access, please reach out to support.

 

Highlevel Overview

With each release of the product, we cover a few different areas such as ensuring we are current with Operating Systems, Databases, Adapters (Third Party integration's) as well as underlying technologies that we use, enhancing existing features as well as fixing customer identified problems with the product.

Currency

NetIQ Operations Center 5.6 now provides support for

  • Redhat 6.6

  • Java 1.7

  • Spectrum 9.4


Specifics can be obtained through the documentation.

Specific Enhancements

As with many of our releases, we have a focus on improving the end users experience of using our product.  I will summarize the different features below.


Dual Axis Charts

At the bottom of this blog is a chart that has two new features, the first one is Dual Axis where a chart is presented with two different types of metrics such as a CPU percentage and a count of transactions.  Since each have a different scale, using one axis can cause the chart to be hard to read.  We now provide an option to chart with a dual axis in order to make the chart more readable.


Notes:  The legend provides a hint as to which axis side to reference by the side the colored box is on.   IE: Blue box on left of label hints to use left axis.   In the mouse over, the left axis is assumed, if the label has the right arrow next to the item, use the right axis.


The other very cool feature is the bubbles in the chart at the bottom of this blog.   This is a new feature where you can turn on/off a summary type of view (bubbles) of the metric.  You can even control what the summary is doing such as Min, Max, Sum, Average, etc.   Based on the window of time you are looking at, along with the individual metric and the summary type (Min, Max, Sum, etc) you selected, it will provide another visual reference to the metric.  We believe this will be a feature our customers will enjoy using.


Alarm Columns resize

We have provided a way for the Administrator who sets up the Dashboard to resize Alarm columns and have it save as a default for when users log in.   This is useful for the end users so they do not have to resize columns every time they go to a tab in the Dashboard that has an Alarms portlet on it.  The administrator will pre-set some default widths that make sense based on the data they recieve.


New Guage

In version 5.0 we introduced charts and gauges that could be used within your Layout views.  In 5.6, we added a slimmed down version of the Speedometer (named: "Dial Gauge") without all the added borders and labels.  Customers requested the slim down version in order to be able to put more on the screen at the same time.


Fixed Size option for Information Portlet

We have been working on the Information Portlet for several releases, for 5.6, we added a configuration option to set a preset height for the portlet.  We also added the new Network view to a tab within this portlet to allow the end user to visualize the environment more.


AppManager Custom Properties

For our implementations that have AppManager integrated with NOC, you are now able to not only see the AppManager custom properties on a server, you are now able to update them through the Dashboard.


New Integration

With NetIQ Operations Center 5.6 we are introducing a new Adapter for NetIQ Identity Manager.   This adapter will provide another layer of visibility across the enterprise where application owners, administrators and management are able to understand how well IDM is processing requests (provisioning of new users, password change requests, etc, etc, etc).


Screen shot below showing some different types of IDM current activities and a status of the items.

IDM Overview

 

Below is another screen shot where it is showing over a period of time the amount of different types of requests that were processed.  The screen shot is also showing the Dual Axis as well as the new Bubble Summaries I spoke about earlier in this blog.

IDM Chart View

 

That pretty much covers it. There are some other minor enhancements as well as customer fixes.   As always, try this out in a development environment with a similar load and configuration as production prior to rolling it out to production.

- Tobin

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