For DX Unified Infrastructure Management (DX UIM) customers, there are significant benefits to be gained by staying current with the latest releases—and that’s especially true now. The latest version, release 20.4 cumulative update (CU) 5, offers a significant number of enhancements and new capabilities. This new release provides teams with a number of advantages, including increased flexibility, improved operational efficiency, and enhanced insights. Read on to find out more about some of the most important enhancements and capabilities now available.
Enhanced Service Level Management
With the solution’s latest enhancements, teams can more effectively and efficiently manage service level agreements (SLAs) across their hybrid environments. The solution features an enhanced user interface for defining quality-of-service parameters, and for configuring and managing SLAs. Teams can establish effective baselines and ongoing visibility so they can manage SLAs before, during, and after their cloud migrations.
Improved Inventory Management
Particularly in larger enterprises with rapidly expanding environments, it gets increasingly vital to manage asset inventories efficiently. The latest release of DX UIM features a more intuitive and consistent experience in managing asset inventories. The operator console’s various windows have a consistent table interface that makes it easy to filter elements, add and remove columns, and more. Through these tables, teams can also seamlessly double-click on assets to get complete details.
In addition, the solution will make it more efficient to keep inventories current. Teams have more options for configuration, so they can automate inventory clean up and ensure assets removed aren’t inadvertently rediscovered. Alarms associated with removed devices will also be acknowledged and updated as needed.
Increased Monitoring Configuration Service (MCS) Capabilities
In recent months, making enhancements to MCS has been a key priority for the DX UIM team. With the latest release, MCS users will be able to take advantage of a number of new capabilities and enhancements. The solution features enhanced logging and metric collection. Previously, MCS collected all metrics available from a given device. Starting with Microsoft SQL server monitoring, the solution will now only collect metrics defined in the MCS monitoring profile, which will reduce the load on databases, offering significant performance and efficiency improvements. These inventory management improvements make it easier for teams to monitor all assets across their entire hybrid environment.
In addition, the solution features a “test connection” button for the sql_server monitoring probe. Instead of deploying a new profile and waiting for results to start appearing, it is now easy for an administrator to ensure proper configuration, before the new profile is actually deployed.
Expanded Platform Support
When managing an on-premises database like SQL Server, database administrators have to contend with significant administrative overhead. For example, on an ongoing basis, administrators will need to manage such efforts as keeping OS instances and patches current, monitoring utilization levels, and so on. With the latest release, customers can use Azure SQL managed instance as a DX UIM data store, so they can offload much of their administrative effort. This new feature offers flexible configuration options so teams can best ensure minimal latency and maximum performance according to their specific network configurations, traffic flows, and performance demands. The solution also features support for table partitioning in Azure SQL database instances.
In addition, the latest release also offers these updates:
- IBM iSeries support. In response to customer demand, the solution now features support for IBM iSeries V7R4.
- More flexible Linux upgrade support. With CU 5, teams running Linux will have greater flexibility in upgrading. Previously, the Linux robot had hard dependencies that were release specific. Now, teams can update to the latest versions of Linux, without having to wait for a release of a new robot.
More Convenient Product Usage Insights
Within the operator console, users can now seamlessly track product licensing and utilization. This enables tool administrators to better utilize, manage, and plan their investments.
The DX UIM team has done proactive penetration testing in order to identify and remediate vulnerabilities in the user interface. The team updated many of the third-party libraries employed by the user interface, including Spring, Hibernate, JQuery, and more. In the process, various component interfaces in the solution are now more consistent.
The new release eliminates the availability of the potentially risky UDP protocol in SecureBus deployments. In addition, some external dependencies, such as the reliance on the Visual Studio 2008 run time module, have been eliminated for Infrastructure Management (thick client), so more required elements are packaged with the solution.
By staying current with DX UIM updates, teams can ensure they’re getting the most functionality and security from their solution investments. To learn more about this release, view the DX UIM 20.4 CU5 Release Notes.
If you need help with upgrading to DX UIM 20.4 CU 5, sign-up for our next Designated Weekend Upgrade Program. This program offers your teams the support and resources that can help ensure a seamless, streamlined upgrade experience—so you can reduce the risk of issues and get started leveraging the latest advancements more quickly. The next scheduled Designated Weekend Upgrade Program for DX UIM will be January 21 and 22, 2023. To learn more and register your interest, visit the Designated Weekend Upgrade page.