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See what's new with the latest release of HP Performance Manager!

As I said, I really don’t like to use this blog post to talk about new product releases or enhancements.  With all the great stuff in the latest release of HP Performance Manager, I felt I had to get the word out …



So … what is HP Performance Manager?



HP Performance Manager is a web-based, systems management product – more specifically, one of HP’s performance products in our “Consolidated Event and Performance Management” product portfolio.  At a very high level, it is a tool that allows you to analyze and visualize performance trends of applications, systems, and services. More specifically, it enables you to proactively detect and isolate system bottlenecks, see a consistent set of cross-platform metrics for heterogeneous physical and virtual environments, and examine system utilization from both real-time and historical perspectives.



What happened in the latest release?


The two big things about the latest release are a new Diagnostic View and the ability to see real-time data alongside near real-time and historical data in Performance Manager.


  • Diagnostic View: This is a highly interactive UI with features like drag-and-drop of metrics, adding/removing metrics, and resizing of graphs.   It also allows you to compare multiple systems simultaneously in the same (or different) graph, easily navigate to any timeframe that you wish to view, correlate metrics across different timeframes, and drag and drop metrics from different graphs into single Diagnsotic View - Performance Manager 9-12-15-2010.pnggraph for better correlation.   Last, but not least, you now can export graph data into formats like CSV, TSV, Excel and XML. And where does his help or benefit you?  Obviously during ITIL’s Service Operation phase, where Incident and Problem Management processes need good tools to run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Real-Time Data Source: Prior to this release, you were able to analyze and visualize both historical and RTM-Drill Down-12-15-2010.pngnear, real-time data in Performance Manager.  Now you can also see real-time alongside this other information.  In addition, you can perform multi-level guided drilldown for easy Root Cause Analysis, get a configurable list of metrics for default graphs and drilldown tables, and easily switch between real-time and near-real-time data.  So how does his help or benefit you?  Well now you can look at Real-Time data alongside Near-Real-Time data to improve upon your analysis capabilities.

And, for those people or companies that prefer (or need!) to use agentless data collection, we’ve got that covered now, too.  HP Performance Manager now integrates with HP SiteScope, HP’s agent-less monitoring solution that complements agent-based monitoring.  With the latest versions of both HP Performance Manager and HP SiteScope, you now get seamless graphing of both agent-based and agentless datasources and you can configure HP SiteScope to log data into HP Operations Agent, which can be retrieved by HP Performance Manager.   You also have the ability to import nodes being monitored by HP SiteScope into HP Performance Manager.



Other enhancements and improvements …


There are also lots of other enhancements and improvements that you might be interested in, such as:


  • Support for Active Directory-based authentication
  • Ability to save the state of the UI for future use
  • URL-based launch to show only graph window           
  • Ability to navigate to any timeframe in the agent
  • Guided Drilldown options for better troubleshooting
  • Support for VMware vMA version 4.0
  • Support for Firefox 3.6 browser
  • Support for RHEL 5.4
  • “Advanced Date Range Panel” for better correlation of metricsAdvanced Data Range Panel-12-15-2010.png



For further information …


Contact your local HP sales representative or channel partner for further information on this latest release of HP Performance Manager.


For HP Operations Center, Sonja Hickey.

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