Announcing the General Availability of CA Virtual Network Assurance 1.1

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Date: June 21, 2016

To:

CA Virtual Network Assurance Customers

From:

The CA Technologies CA Performance Management and Virtual Network Assurance Product Teams

Subject:

General Availability Announcement for CA Virtual Network Assurance 1.1

 

CA Technologies is pleased to announce the availability of CA Virtual Network Assurance r1.1. This

release is the first minor update of our new solution to enable assurance of next generation networks

based on SDN/NFV (Software Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization) and hybrid cloud

architectures. Together with CA Performance Management r2.8 and CA Spectrum r10.1.1, customers

have a comprehensive solution to extend monitoring and assurance to dynamic virtual network and

cloud inventories, assess resource utilization, and track critical service chains.

The primary goals of this release were to expand monitoring visibility into vulnerable vSwitch

environments supporting complex OpenStack Cloud and SDN/NFV networks, add support for VMware

NSX-MH and Open Daylight controllers, and enhance the usability of the solution.

 

Key features of the CA Virtual Network Assurance solution

  • Multi-Vendor: Contrail, Brocade, VMware, Checkpoint
  • Multi-Open-Source: Open vSwitch, OpenDaylight, OpenStack
  • Virtual Inventory & Performance Collection
  • Dynamic Relationship Tracking
  • Uniform, extensible data model
  • Poll/Push data transfer
  • SDN/NFV Inventory, Resource, and vSwitch Dashboards (CA Performance Management)
  • Service Chain Building Block View (CA Performance Management)
  • Multi-layer Topology Map (CA Spectrum)

 

Target use cases and environments

  • Service Provider vCPE
  • Network Virtualization Data Centers
  • OpenStack Cloud

 

CA Virtual Network Assurance r1.1 Enhancements

Open vSwitch Enhancements

The most vulnerable area of any OpenStack hybrid cloud or SDN/NFV environment will be the

virtual switch. To improve your visibility into the Open vSwitch layer and guarantee resiliency of

this very complex and new network stack, we have expanded our monitoring capabilities to include

intuitive dashboards and context pages delivering resource consumption, Top N by traffic and

errors, along with trend and heat charts with hover features. For more information, see Open

vSwitch.

 

For a video overview of Open vSwitch monitoring in CA Performance Management 2.8, see Open

vSwitch Context Dashboard

 

New Plug-ins

This release supports data collection from the new SDN/NFV controllers.

For complete information about these plug-ins, see the following pages:

 

Installation Configuration

During installation, the Wildfly admin password and the JMS bus password are now configurable.

 

CA Application Performance Management Agent Configuration

Customers may wish to use CA Application Performance Management to monitor the health of

mission critical CA Virtual Network Assurance deployments. The CA Virtual Network Assurance

installer has been enhanced to simplify the configuration a CA Application Performance

Management agent to monitor the performance of CA Virtual Network Assurance. For more

information, see Monitor CA Virtual Network Assurance Broker Performance.

 

Additional Information

 

  • Detailed information on CA Virtual Network Assurance including white papers and supplementary product education.

http://www.ca.com/us/products/ca-virtual-network-assurance.html

  • Technical documentation including Getting Started Guide, Release Notes, Installation Guide

https://docops.ca.com/ca-virtual-network-assurance/1-1/en

  • Using the SDN/NFV dashboards and Service Chain View in CA Performance Management r2.8

https://docops.ca.com//ca-performance-management/2-8/en/using/monitor-sdn-and-nfv-performance-with-ca-virtual-network-assurance

  • CA Community for Virtual Network Assurance

https://communities.ca.com/community/ca-infrastructure-management/content?filterID=contentstatus%5Bpublished%5D%7Ecategory%5Bca-virtual-network-assurance%5D

 

Because CA Virtual Network Assurance is a new solution, we want to advise customers to first consult with a CA representative or a reseller to determine fit.  Once fit with your environment is determined, you can download your copy of CA Virtual Network Assurance r1.1 from CA Support Online https://support.ca.com/. If you have any questions or require assistance contact CA Customer Care online at http://www.ca.com/us/customer-care.aspx where you can submit an online request using the Customer Care web form: https://communities.ca.com/web/guest/customercare. You can also call CA Customer Care at +1-800-225-5224 in North America or see http://www.ca.com/phone for the local number in your country.

 

Should you need any assistance in understanding these new features, or implementing this latest release, our CA Services experts can help.  For more information on CA Services and how you can leverage our expertise, please visit www.ca.com/services.  To connect, learn and share with other customers, join and participate in our Virtual Network Assurance CA Community.

 

To review CA Support lifecycle policies, please review the CA Support Policy and Terms located at: https://support.ca.com/

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