(Get them here: BladeLogic Dashboard 1.4.00 (Service Health and Value))
In many of today’s enterprises, BladeLogic Server Automation is the Swiss Army Knife for infrastructure. Whether phyiscal or virtual, on-premise or cloud, BladeLogic Server Automation provides a ton of capabilities, including OS provisioning, software deployment, compliance and patch management. Given the scale and size of the infrastructure that enterprises need to manage, many times these customers have large, geographically distributed deployment of BladeLogic Server Automation. In these large deployments of BladeLogic, it can sometimes be challenging to understand and visualize just how the BladeLogic infrastructure itself is deployed, and whether those different components are working properly – for example :
- Do I know how many of my agents are currently reachable?”
- “Are some of my app servers missing critical settings?”
- “How many agent licenses am I currently using?”
- “How big is my database?”
- “Do I have network latency that is impacting BladeLogic performance?”
We wanted to put all of this information – a combination of the information that BladeLogic already knows about what’s going on in your infrastructure and our best practices for running BladeLogic – in a single location. The result is the BladeLogic Dashboard - a simple add-on to BladeLogic that provides you healthcheck and value information via a single interface. It has two major components:
- A Tomcat-based web interface that gets installed on one of the application server for reporting
- An nsh job that is scheduled to run periodically and collect the information from the various application servers and aggregate them for the Tomcat web interface to report on
The entire solution should take less than 15 minutes to install, and requires no changes to the BladeLogic software itself.
We in the BladeLogic team are very excited to make this tool available to our 8.2/8.3/8.5 users right away at no cost. The key features include:
- Browser-accessible interface
- Checks and validates over 100 different configuration parameters at an agent, database, and application server level
- Easily identify where errors and misconfigurations exist, with tips for how to resolve and remediate
- Uses existing BSA technology, like NSH and Scheduled Jobs to gather this information – makes it easy for users to implement this solution without changing BladeLogic itself
- Integrated with BladeLogic communities and docs.bmc.com
In short – if you have a medium-to-large implementation of BladeLogic, there is no reason why you shouldn’t implement the Dashboards. It doesn’t require any changes to your BladeLogic implementation, it’s easy to install, and it’s going to provide you with a ton of useful information about what’s going on in your infrastructure.
While we were developing this, though, we had an idea – to build all these reports and recommendations, we were already gathering information about what kinds of jobs were being run, how long they took, what was and wasn’t successful, and so on. Couldn’t we provide meta-reporting to users about what jobs users were executing in their BladeLogic environments, and help users quantify how much time and money that was saving them?
The result is the “Value” in “ BladeLogic Dashboard” – the same reporting that tells you how your BladeLogic environment is working can tell you how much time and money BladeLogic is saving you in the major product areas. This will allow you to tell your management exactly how BladeLogic is being used and where it’s adding value.
So how do you get started? Go here to download the dashboards, and we’ve created a central spot on communities here to get up-to-date information about how best to use the dashboards, as well as answer any questions you might have.
We’re very excited to be releasing BladeLogic’s first unified interface for seeing and understanding what’s happening with BladeLogic itself. Hopefully our customers will use this to get better, deeper insight, reduce issues due to misconfigurations, and help quantify the value that BladeLogic is providing them.