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Posted by aggas01 Employee Feb 11, 2019

We are pleased to announce the general availability of the Device Certification Deployer, DCD 2.4 for UIM SNMP Collector. Starting with DCD 1.1, UIM customers no longer need to receive new device certifications via a SNMP Collector GA distribution.  Instead, our Unified Device Certification team delivers new and updated SNMP device certs via the Device Certification Deployer. Our independent DCD release schedule offers UIM SNMP Collector #users a simple and more expedient way to add support to monitor and manage a broader range of vendor device models.

 

Note: DCD 2.4 requires SNMP Collector 3.21 or above.

 

Added Certification Enhancements for the following devices:

  • Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR 12 14.0
  • Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR 14 15.0.R9
  • Brocade DCX-4S
  • Brocade Fibre Channel Switch
  • Check Point 12200 2.6.18
  • Cisco Catalyst 4500 3.8.1
  • Cisco Cev Chassis 5000 7.1
  • Cisco Nexus 9372PX-E 7.0.3
  • Citrix Systems Netscaler 12.1
  • Enterasys Networks C5 G124x48P2 6.81.8
  • Fortinet FGT 1200 D
  • Hitachi RAID 600, RAID 700
  • Huawei OceanStor Dorado 2600 V3 V300R006C10
  • Huawei OceanStor Dorado 3900 V300R002C10
  • Huawei OceanStor Dorado 5500 V3 V300R002C10
  • Huawei OceanStor Dorado 6000 V3 V300R001C21
  • Loop Telecommunication International AM3440-A
  • Nokia IP 560 6.2

 

Please check out the links below for more information about the new Device Certification Deployer for SNMP Collector.  

More Information

 

Where can I read more about DCD 2.4? 
Read more about the Device Certification Deployer, including a list of newly supported device models and enhanced certifications at our UIM Vendor Certifications page

 

How do I apply DCD 1.x or 2.x to SNMP Collector? 

Find instructions for deploying DCD 2.3 to SNMP Collector 3.21 or above here: device_certification_deployer

 

How do I request new certification of my SNMP device for a future DCD release?

 In order to request a new device cert, all one needs to do is to provide a complete SNMP walk (using SAPro) from the device model that will need to be monitored as configured and the manufacturer's MIB file along with any specific OID, statistic, or metric requirement info via a new SNMP Collector Support ticket.  Support opens the request for development in the next available DCD release.

 

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CA is pleased to announce the general availability of the Device Certification Deployer, DCD 2.3, for CA UIM SNMP Collector. Starting with DCD 1.1, CA UIM customers no longer need to receive new device certifications via a SNMP Collector GA distribution.  Instead, our Unified Device Certification team delivers new and updated SNMP device certs via the Device Certification Deployer. Our independent DCD release schedule offers CA UIM SNMP Collector #users a simple and more expedient way to add support to monitor and manage a broader range of vendor device models.

 

Note: DCD 2.3 requires SNMP Collector 3.21 or above.

 

Added Certification Enhancements for the following devices:

  • Cisco ISR 2911 15.5
  • Cisco Catalyst 6509 15.4
  • Cisco ISR 4451 15.5
  • Citrix Systems Netscaler 12.0
  • Citrix Systems Netscaler 12.1
  • F5 Networks BIG-IP i2800 12.1.3.4
  • Fortinet FGT 1200 D
  • Fortinet FGT 3000
  • Hitachi RAID 500
  • Huawei OceanStor Dorado 6000 V3 V300R001C30
  • Huawei OceanStor 5800 V5 V500R007C20
  • Huawei OceanStor 5600 V3 V300R006C21
  • nCipher PLC nShield Connect 500 6.2
  • HP ArcSight 2.8
  • McAfee Network Security IPS-NS9200
  • Powerware x UPS 4.20

 

Please check out the links below for more information about the new Device Certification Deployer for SNMP Collector.  

More Information

 

Where can I read more about DCD 2.3? 
Read more about the Device Certification Deployer, including a list of newly supported device models and enhanced certifications at our UIM Vendor Certifications page

 

How do I apply DCD 1.x or 2.x to SNMP Collector? 

Find instructions for deploying DCD 2.3 to SNMP Collector 3.21 or above here: device_certification_deployer

 

How do I request new certification of my SNMP device for a future DCD release?

 In order to request a new device cert, all one needs to do is to provide a complete SNMP walk (using SAPro) from the device model that will need to be monitored as configured and the manufacturer's MIB file along with any specific OID, statistic, or metric requirement info via a new SNMP Collector Support ticket.  Support opens the request for development in the next available DCD release.

 

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CA is pleased to announce the general availability of the Device Certification Deployer, DCD 2.2, for CA UIM SNMP Collector. Starting with DCD 1.1, CA UIM customers no longer need to receive new device certifications via a SNMP Collector GA distribution.  Instead, our Unified Device Certification team delivers new and updated SNMP device certs via the Device Certification Deployer. Our independent DCD release schedule offers CA UIM SNMP Collector #users a simple and more expedient way to add support to monitor and manage a broader range of vendor device models.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: DCD 2.2 requires SNMP Collector 3.21 or above.

 

Added Certification Enhancements for the following devices:

  • Alcatel-Lucent Omni PCX
  • Aruba Networks 2530 24 PoE Switch (J9779A) 16.5
  • Aruba Networks 2530 8G PoE Switch (J9774A) 16.4
  • Aruba Networks 2540 48G PoE 4SFP (JL357A)
  • Aruba Networks 2930F 48G 4SFP (JL260A) 16.5
  • Aruba Networks 2930F 48G 4SFP (JL259A) 16.5
  • Blue Coat System SA-10G-26T-G6 3.10.94
  • Brocade VDX 6740 6.0.1
  • Check Point 21400 2.6.18
  • Cisco ASA 5508 9.4.14
  • Cisco ASA 5585 Ssp 40 9.8
  • Cisco Cat 4507 rpluse 15
  • Cisco Cat 6509 12.2
  • Cisco Cat 6509 15.4
  • Cisco Cat 6807-XL 15.4
  • Cisco Cat 6840-X 15.2
  • Cisco CSR1000v 16.6.2
  • Cisco GSS 4490
  • Cisco UCS C220 M4 2.0
  • Citrix Systems Netscaler 10.5
  • D-Link DGS-1210-48/A1 2.01.002
  • EqualLogic PS 6100 XV
  • F5 Networks BIG IP 3600 2.6.32
  • Fortinet FortiDDoS 900B
  • Gigamon VUE - HC2 2.6.34
  • Hitachi NAS 13.2.4527
  • Hitachi Quanta D51B-2U 4.9.36
  • McAfee IPS-NS9200
  • Oracle Network 10GE Switch 3.0.5.2
  • Sophos SG 310

 

Please check out the links below for more information about the new Device Certification Deployer for SNMP Collector.  

More Information

 

Where can I read more about DCD 2.2? 
Read more about the Device Certification Deployer, including a list of newly supported device models and enhanced certifications at our UIM Vendor Certifications page

 

How do I apply DCD 1.x or 2.x to SNMP Collector? 

Find instructions for deploying DCD 2.2 to SNMP Collector 3.21 or above here: device_certification_deployer

 

How do I request new certification of my SNMP device for a future DCD release?

 In order to request a new device cert, all one needs to do is to provide a complete SNMP walk (using SAPro) from the device model that will need to be monitored as configured and the manufacturer's MIB file along with any specific OID, statistic, or metric requirement info via a new SNMP Collector Support ticket.  Support opens the request for development in the next available DCD release.

 

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CA is pleased to announce the general availability of the Device Certification Deployer, DCD 2.1, for CA UIM SNMP Collector. Starting with DCD 1.1, CA UIM customers no longer need to receive new device certifications via a SNMP Collector GA distribution.  Instead, our Unified Device Certification team delivers new and updated SNMP device certs via the Device Certification Deployer. Our independent DCD release schedule offers CA UIM SNMP Collector #users a simple and more expedient way to add support to monitor and manage a broader range of vendor device models.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: DCD 2.1 requires SNMP Collector 3.21 or above.

 

Added Certification Enhancements for the following devices:

  • Alcatel 7750 SR 12 14.0
  • Arbor Networks APS2600-5
  • Broadcom EdgeSwitch 1.1.0
  • Brocade Fibre Channel Switch
  • Cisco 8540 WLC
  • Cisco Catalyst 6509 12.2
  • Cisco Catalyst 6506 15.4
  • Cisco Meraki Cloud Controller
  • Citrix Netscaler 10.1
  • Dell 1655 MC
  • Dell Networking N3048P 6.3.2.3
  • Dell Networking N4032F 6.3.2.3
  • Dell Power Connect 8132 5.1.1.7
  • Dell PowerEdge iDRAC7
  • Dell PowerVault MD32xxi
  • Fortinet FWC 500d
  • Hitachi Storage HDS HPP
  • HP C6600 Arcsight manager 2.6.1.2041
  • HP L7600 Arcsight Logger 6.4.1.8132
  • Huawei OceanStor 9000 Series
  • McAfee IPS-NS9100
  • McAfee NS9100
  • Oracle SAN switch probe 5.11
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Probe 5.11
  • Palo Alto Networks PA-3020
  • Polycom RPG 500
  • Quanta Storage 2.6.28

 

Please check out the links below for more information about the new Device Certification Deployer for SNMP Collector.  

More Information

 

Where can I read more about DCD 2.1? 
Read more about the Device Certification Deployer, including a list of newly supported device models and enhanced certifications at our UIM Vendor Certifications page

 

How do I apply DCD 1.x or 2.x to SNMP Collector? 

Find instructions for deploying DCD 2.1 to SNMP Collector 3.21 or above here: device_certification_deployer

 

How do I request new certification of my SNMP device for a future DCD release?

 In order to request a new device cert, all one needs to do is to provide a complete SNMP walk (using SAPro) from the device model that will need to be monitored as configured and the manufacturer's MIB file along with any specific OID, statistic, or metric requirement info via a new SNMP Collector Support ticket.  Support opens the request for development in the next available DCD release.

 

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This presentation was also made possible thanks to DevenShah and AshleyGeorge

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  As I was thinking about some of the recent cloud-related news from the last several weeks, these words from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (still one of my favorites) popped into my head.  Okay, it probably didn’t hurt that this year is the 30th anniversary of the movie, and Ferris Bueller had entered my mind while watching the Cubs playing in the World Series at Wrigley Field (“Hey batta batta batta hey batta batta batta S-WING batta!”), but I digress. 

 

First, life seems to move even faster these days, and the cloud is one of the things that brings that accelerated pace to all we do.  But after seeing the latest quarterly results from Amazon and Microsoft, it occurred to me the only thing faster might be the rate at which IT services are being moved to the cloud.  First up was Microsoft’s release of numbers for Q1 FY17.  Microsoft’s stock price hit an all-time high, surpassing its peak from the 1999 tech bubble, due in large part to their success in shifting to the cloud.  Examples include Office 365 commercial revenues up 51% year over year, and Azure still growing in triple digits at 116% year over year growth.  Not to be outdone was Amazon. While some found Amazon’s overall Q3 numbers a little disappointing, everyone seemed to agree that AWS is still solid.  AWS had its first $3+ billion quarter, with revenues up nearly 55% year over year.  That’s pretty good growth for a business with revenues at $11 billon in the trailing four quarters.  So based on this data I think it’s fair to say “workloads are moving to the cloud pretty fast”.

 

Now what about the second part of that famous Ferris quote?  Other recent news reminds us that as we depend more and more on these cloud providers, the cloud is not without issues.  While some cloud service disruptions are outages in the cloud provider’s own datacenter, they are also susceptible to disruptions from the outside, such as the major DDoS attack on October 21 that impacted many cloud services and cloud providers.  It turns out the cloud may not take an entire day to play hooky like Ferris did, but can take some time off. If you don’t look at how your cloud services are doing once in a while, you might miss the fact that your cloud infrastructure and applications aren’t working like they should.

 

So as you move to the cloud, don’t forget that cloud monitoring is just as important, if not more so, than monitoring your traditional IT services.  Are your cloud services available?  How are they performing?  What are your usage trends?  Do you have idle instances running that are costing you money?  These are the kinds of questions you need to think about.  You could use the cloud provided tools, but they are often limited, and now you need to visit one console for cloud and a different one for your existing infrastructure.  But good news!  You don’t need to invest in two sets of monitoring tools – one for your cloud services and one for your on-premise IT.  You can do both with CA Unified Infrastructure Management (CA UIM).  CA UIM offers a comprehensive solution for monitoring both cloud services such as AWS and Azure and on-premise technologies from a single console.

 

Azure Dashboard

 

Are you moving to the cloud?   Visit CA UIM for Cloud monitoring to learn more about how CA UIM can help. We also have an AWS monitoring page now, please check it out.

Remember, the cloud moves pretty fast, so make sure your cloud monitoring strategy is not “absent”. Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?

A new mindset and business approach for managing infrastructures is creating a real buzz and excitement in the market today. Throughout the past few weeks, I talked with many different customers about the concept of infrastructure analytics. And wonder: what does infrastructure analytics mean to you?

 

IT groups are no longer measured by just uptime and availability or the cost side of IT administration. They are now accountable for delivering business results that support the top line of the business. During a recent customer advisory board meeting, I summarized a discussion on infrastructure analytics by saying customers need to understand the meaning of yellow. It is no longer sufficient for infrastructure and application management solutions to just deliver green or red indicators of up/down of availability.

 

Applications and infrastructures eventually degrade or deliver the less than five-star experience customers require. IT teams need business focused analytics to help pinpoint where the infrastructure is impacting customers and associated revenue. IT teams also need to know when systems performance impacts the customer experience because minor or major warning thresholds turn yellow or orange. They need alerts when system performance affects revenue generating services and must know whether the alarms are handled by redundancy and elasticity that is architected into the system. In short, they need to separate the noise from the really important issues.

 

I have many questions for you.

* How are you shifting your thinking for your business?

* Have you made the shift to a customer and business centric approach to managing your apps and infrastructure?

* Are your solution vendors having these conversations with you?

* Are you taking a different approach to tools and vendors you work with to help you make this shift?

* Are your application business teams and the technical architects driving the five-star experience as they design the application?

* Are you planning for and building elastic cloud ready monitoring solutions to handle the hybrid environments?

* Are they set up for SD-WAN enabled data centers and do you have the end-to-end visibility to manage both the cost side of the equation and the revenue impact to the business?

 

As an expert in the area of cloud and network infrastructure management, I certainly encourage you to pause, step back and think about the approach. If you have other approaches, ideas or thoughts please comment and share with this community.

 

I think this is an exciting time for delivering applications and businesses to end customers with the explosion of new technologies and ideas. When we talk about enabling IT leaders to deliver new expectations we elevate the value of application and infrastructure management solutions. This is what happened with the shift and adoption of cloud and SDN.

 

The next question which I will bring my next blog is WHAT are some key IT infrastructure business analytics that are most needed? @IT_Management @CA_UIM @IM_Analytics

One of the key measures of success for both CA Technologies as a company and our Agile Ops products specifically, is how quickly our customers can gain value from our products. With the release of Unified Infrastructure Management 8.4 earlier this year we made this an explicit focus by tackling the difficult task of bulk monitoring configuration. To summarize the problem, we needed to enable our customers to easily and rapidly configure monitoring for large scale deployments and DevOps environments. By reducing the time to monitoring, we are reducing overall time to value. With UIM 8.4, we have taken great care to simplify and speed up the monitoring configuration experience, and if you haven't done so already, please take a moment to read about the initial release of Monitoring Configuration Service (MCS) in CA UIM 8.4. In brief, MCS is a group based monitoring deployment mechanism, enabling our customers to quickly deploy monitoring across their large-scale infrastructure with a simple, intuitive and in context configuration tool.

 

 

By addressing this problem directly, we made great progress in how quickly Unified Infrastructure Management can bring value to our customers. In this initial release, we demonstrated that it is possible to bring a scalable solution for bulk monitoring configuration directly within USM. With Unified Infrastructure Management 8.4.7 (released in the Fall of 2016) we further enhanced MCS with more probe support, the addition of out of the box defaults, and even further scale and performance improvements.

 

Since the initial release of MCS in Spring 2016, and the follow up enhancements introduced in Fall 2016 in UIM 8.4.7, I have heard two things clearly from our customers:

  1. MCS is a tremendous productivity improvement, delivering much faster "time to monitor"
  2. While it's a great start, please add more probe support

 

Firstly, thank you all for the positive feedback, and secondly, let's get to work on what's next for Monitoring Configuration Service!

 

If you are using MCS today, I think you'll all be happy to know that within the next few months we will be doubling the number of probes supported! While I'm sure many of the probes important to you are either already supported, or slated for support in early 2017, there are likely a few probes for which MCS implementation is still needed.  This is where I need your help. Please contribute to the conversation below (or message me directly) and let me know what probes you want us to support next, and/or key configuration features you think are missing from our current solution.

 

Additionally, it's critically important that the probe support we implement is in line with the use cases you need supported. To that end, I'd like to include you in future feature demonstrations to validate the approach we are taking. Again, please message me directly or comment below if you would like to be involved. 

 

Thanks, and happy monitoring!!

It may have been me who said it, or a host of other individuals, but if you are reading this post, I would presume that you are someone interested in discussing this topic.

 

We’ve been talking about it for a long time, but the transition from running applications on premises to the cloud is most certainly underway.  Many organizations have implemented a SaaS-first policy for evaluating new applications.  Even their existing applications are transitioning from private cloud into the public cloud, and the administrators of these applications need a way to seamlessly monitor their infrastructure as they make these transitions.  These changes aren’t easy, and we need solutions that help us simplify the process.

 

This transition to SaaS and he cloud is happening because organizations are beginning to see the value of letting the experts manage your applications, the upgrades and the infrastructure that hosts them.  Especially solutions like CA Unified Infrastructure Management. 

 

Therefore, we are working on CA Unified Infrastructure Management SaaS (“UIM SaaS”) to help our users simplify the move to the public cloud.  CA UIM SaaS has the capability to help you monitor both your public and private cloud infrastructure.  As you transition your infrastructure to the cloud, you don’t have to rely on separate monitoring solutions.  You can monitor both with CA UIM SaaS!

 

I am looking to meet with individuals who are interested in learning more about the future of CA UIM SaaS.  I am looking for users who may meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are under a corporate mandate to transition to SaaS-based solutions of your infrastructure management needs
  • When it comes to infrastructure monitoring, you need to follow a SaaS-first strategy
  • You are a current user of other CA DevOps products like CA APM.

 

If this sounds like you, or you are interested in learning more about CA UIM SaaS, please comment here, or send a private message to myself (Jim.Perkins), or Raj Sundaram ( sunra05 ).  We will then get back to you directly.

Back in March, CA published a great video on Unified Infrastructure Management - Monitoring Governance. Through this video we pose the question, “what should you actually be monitoring?” The intent here is to help our customers focus less on what they are trying to monitor, and more on what value they get from what they are trying to monitor. One of the central points is to not boil the ocean by enabling everything, resulting in unmanageable alarm storms. While I’m sure we can all agree that this makes a lot of sense and is a great practice, we have customers for which thousands, and even tens of thousands of alarms is still a reality.  

 

To this point, earlier this year I started coming across feedback from customers attempting to view and manage greater than 10,000 alarms in the USM Alarm View. The theme was clear and illustrated a need to improve the scale and performance of the Alarm View. We got to work, and I’m excited to share that one of the marquee enhancements due out in Unified Infrastructure Management 8.4.7 is a set of UI and performance improvements within the USM Alarm View. We’ve introduced an alarm load and filter status, and increased the scale and performance by greater than 8x! Not only is the performance improved, but you no longer have to wait for all the alarms to load before interrogating a specific alarm or applying a filter.

 

 

We also implemented a few of your Ideas posted here in the Communities forum. Namely, the ability to export only selected alarms and the ability to view/filter on the Alarm ID.

 

Unified Infrastructure Management 8.4.7 is releasing this fall, and if you are one of those customers for whom managing greater than 10,000 alarms is a reality, I would love to hear your feedback on the scale and performance improvements we have introduced. Feel free to comment here or contact me directly.

It’s hard to believe October is here already, and in a few short weeks I’ll be heading to Las Vegas for CA world. The summer of 2016, for me is synonymous with CA Unified Infrastructure Management (CA UIM) 8.47, which, I’m delighted to say, we have just released. It seems just like yesterday that as a Product Management team we were excitedly discussing the latest cloud monitoring capabilities  UIM Hybrid Cloud probes. The topic of user experience and data visualizations came up one early May morning, and specifically how should we visualize this new data in the rich, appealing and intuitive manner it deserves.

 

A little earlier in the year, I’d been tasked to investigate technologies and techniques which we could utilize, to improve the reporting and dashboarding capabilities of CA UIM.  Having reached out too many customers, partners and others, the asks were clear. Requirements included, improve the data visualization library, be device agnostic, facilitate ad hoc reporting, improve the scheduling and exporting of reports, improve performance, improve aesthetic appeal and others.

 

CA Business Intelligence (CABI) which is currently built on top of Jaspersoft 6.2, was in the running alongside other commercially available Business Intelligence suites. With CABI, it was immediately apparent this was a huge leap forward in terms of capabilities over what we had with Unified Reporter, which was layered on top of Jaspersoft 5.x. In collaboration with our R&D team, we started out with some initial experiments using Jaspersoft Domains in the context of CA UIM. These early investigations showed incredible promise of bringing CA UIM data to life. A Jaspersoft Domain is essentially a data abstraction layer of the source database. The typical database complexities such as table joins and disparate data are greatly simplified to the end user. These domains enable simple, yet powerful and secure web based reporting, using tables, crosstabs and a variety of charts to present intuitive and visually appealing reports. The power and flexibility this would provide for CA UIM ad hoc reporting and data analysis was simply amazing. After following Jaspersoft’s online tutorials, I was quickly able to create inventory and group reports, Top N lists, heat maps to visualize data clustering and a time series chart to identify trends of alarm data over time. Equally impressive were the new dashboarding capabilities via a web based editor. With the new data visualizations, drill down and drill across enablement for dynamic dashboards, report scheduling, email report delivery, web based ad-hoc reporting and custom dashboard creation, it was clear that CABI would provide a feature rich set of new capabilities that would be not only match, but exceed the ask from our customers.

 

As a team, we made the decision to build out of the box CABI dashboards for our new Hybrid Cloud and SAP probes. Before work on this vision could begin, there was an awful lot of complex integration and foundational tasks to be completed by the R&D team. The amount of work completed in such a short window of time is impressive and I'm immensely proud of them all. Items such as Single Sign On, Multi Tennant reporting and data filtering, simple 'drag and drop' installation model, embedded business intelligence support in UMP, database agnostic queries and secure ad hoc reporting capabilities are often too easily overlooked.

 

I'm delighted to say we made it. We now have, out of the box CABI dashboards for AWS, Docker, Nutanix, SAP and more. These dashboards have been seamlessly integrated in our existing UI and can even be customized in the CABI web UI! On top of this we have shipped the initial version of the UIM Domain to enable powerful ad hoc reporting of alarms, devices, groups and QoS data.

 

I can't wait to share with you all the direction we're taking CABI next, all I will say for now is it's awesome. If you’re interested in the current CABI capabilities or if you would like to help define the future direction and provide feedback, please reach out to me (ben.nelson@ca.com) and we’ll get something on the calendar.

 

Out Of The Box AWS EC2 Dashboard

AWS EC2 Dashboard

 

 

CA UIM Ad Hoc Reporting using CABI

UIM Ad Hoc Reporting

 

 

 

 

It seems you can’t turn around without seeing the signs of the growth of containers in general and Docker in particular. At Red Hat Summit in June, Red Hat renamed their Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise solution, based on Kubernetes, to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.  At VMworld in August, VMware allocated quite a bit of keynote time and sessions to their vSphere Integrated Container and VMware Photon Platform.  And not to be left out, Microsoft and Docker just announced at Microsoft Ignite event they will make the Commercially Supported Docker Engine (aka CS Docker Engine) available to all customers of Windows Server 2016 at no additional cost.

While Docker containers have seen rapid adoption for development and QA aspects of devops, they have seen slower adoption rolling out into production. One reason for this is the challenges associated with monitoring Docker container environments, as traditional infrastructure management tools often don’t have visibility of containers.  Some key questions that pose a monitoring challenge are - Which containers are utilizing all my resources?  Are my containers available? Do I have more capacity on my Docker Engine nodes?  Am I losing disk space to dangling volumes?  These are the kinds of questions we enable you to answer with the Docker monitoring probe for CA Unified Infrastructure Management (UIM), introduced as part of our Hybrid Cloud monitoring solution in June.

We followed up the June release with a recent update to the Docker probe including a new dashboard based on CA Business Intelligence (CABI), released with CA UIM 8.47, that brings you an at-a-glance view of Docker Key Performance Indicators.

Docker Monitoring Dashboard

This is a rapidly evolving space, so as we look to further enhance our Docker probe and related container management solutions, we want to hear from you! Are containers part of your devops strategy?  What container orchestration tools are you using?  What is your platform of choice for containers – Red Hat, Microsoft, VMware, AWS?  What KPIs would be on your Docker dashboard?

For more information, visit CA UIM for Cloud monitoring.

By Michael Morris, Senior Director Product Management at CA Technologies

 

This past week I was in Atlanta, meeting with customers at a Digital Experience Summit at CNN's World Headquarters.  I heard from many customers about how they are working through their digital transformations around their businesses including things like agile application development, moving workloads to cloud environments, and shifting their focus to a customer centric view of planning their businesses.  There were a few key items that kept coming up as themes to challenges every one of these folks were facing.

 

Focusing On The Customer

 

The first challenge was all the shift in focus on the customer.  There is nothing new about focusing on customers as this has been a key for many companies for many years and I believe those businesses that have had that focus are the ones that are really thriving in their respective markets.  In fact if you look at the Fortune 1000 businesses that have not significantly paid attention to their customers and have not adapted to the digital transformations  are those companies that have fallen by the way side in today's economic climate.  Some examples of this over the past 10+ years are Blockbuster, Nortel, and Kodak just to name a few.  I read an article in Forbes by Nathan Furr which referenced the study from the book Built to Change by Edward Lawler III and Christopher G Worley 2006 that it is projected that 70% of the Fortune 1000 companies will be replaced in the next few years.  Similarly, Pat Gelsiger (VMWare CEO) said 40% of the S&P500 will disappear within a decade.  The key here, it is becoming a business survival imperative to adjust how business is being done and the focus is around how to deliver on their customer needs.

 

Transforming IT Staff Skillset

 

The second challenge I was hearing was around how they need to develop their people to new approaches and new skills to deliver on the transformation.   This past year I was working with a major telecommunications carrier and in those conversations one of the things they brought up was how they have hundreds of tremendous network engineers with years of experience in telecom networking.  Yet their biggest challenge was transforming those highly skilled and highly experienced people into software developers.   They no longer needed traditional network jockeys, but instead needed folks who could translate that knowledge to software defined networking who could literally write code to run the network.  I have been hearing for years how their will be a shortage of software development skills in the US in particular but I think this highlights why.  No longer are software developers just needed for software vendors, but for telecom, MSPs, and traditional IT groups across all enterprises.  It is agile software development skills that need to be fostered and championed starting in our classrooms and recruited in our hiring practices.

 

Managing Hybrid, Dynamic Infrastructures

 

Finally the third challenge I heard people talking about was that they hadn't fully solved how to manage and monitor their complex hybrid cloud infrastructure environment and the applications that run on them,  in order to deliver optimal business outcomes.   A key point here too is that they are facing this challenge with a transformed environment that includes a bunch of legacy infrastructure including mainframes, classic storage farms, and racks of computing systems all now being tied to new private cloud systems with openstack and docker technologies and/or public cloud environments in Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud.  The environment is more heterogeneous than ever and running across very diverse and distinct platforms.  If that is not enough complexity the elasticity and dynamic nature of everything keeps the situation constantly fluid so almost no variable is fixed.

 

In summary their traditional approaches and point tools for managing all this are no longer sufficient to keep up and evolve with the pace of change.  Business are looking for technology partners that can help them on this journey.  Their solution providers and vendors need to have the tools to understand the new complex infrastructure and how the applications map to the dynamic infrastructure.  There are few players in the industry that have the portfolio of solutions to fully help in this journey and the key is aligning with a partner that is committed to that same journey in digital transformation.