Today we launched our multi-cloud discovery capabilities which will be available in BMC Discovery 11.2. I would like to thank everyone who provided input and feedback to shape the enhancements we introduced into this release. This is truly a milestone release where we make it possible for our customers to have the visibility they require as they transform to support multi-cloud environments.
A discovery webinar on What's New with BMC Discovery 11.2 is scheduled for September 21, 2017 where we will go into detail on the features briefly explained in the next section. Below is a link to register to the webinar, more details on the What's New webinar can be found at the end of this post.
Below is a brief guide on some of the major features implemented in version 11.2:
BMC Discovery 11.2 - What's New
BMC Discovery provides a single pane of glass to present dependencies and assets that span public cloud, private cloud, and traditional data center environments. We provide distinct and beautiful visualizations that show the cloud context of an application that is consistent regardless of the terminology differences between cloud vendors. We worked with both AWS and Azure to design this solution and are now able to represent hybrid application deployments that can span multiple cloud providers as well as infrastructure on-premise. We perform this by using a combination of traditional IP based agent less scanning and consuming cloud vendors rich web API. The result is an application model that can represent dependencies which span traditional infrastructure and cloud services.
Cloud Context with Background Shading
It is now possible to see nodes that are in the same Cloud Region or Location, by enabling the color shading feature. In application models, you can use shading to show which nodes were saved by the user, and which were added by BMC Discovery.
Continuous Cloud Service Content Updates
With version 11.2 we will now be able to provide capabilities to discover additional cloud providers and cloud services in our monthly TKU cadence. This is key as the pace at which new cloud services are being introduced by the major cloud providers is as often as weekly to monthly. While we initially are releasing with AWS and Azure, additional cloud providers will come in future TKUs.
Shared Node Awareness
When Discovery updates application models at scan time, it takes shared software nodes into account, so models do not balloon with unwanted nodes. The system automatically identifies software nodes that are likely to be shared by multiple applications, for example shared database servers and message queues. Visualizations do not follow relationships out of these nodes, so the view is simpler and less cluttered.
API Access via TPL
The flexibility customers come to know and love with TPL is now more powerful than ever! Extend upon the Cloud API discovery we perform invoking additional functions in TPL to gather additional cloud context that may not be represented in our out of the box patterns.
We also introduced capabilities to invoke REST APIs via TPL which will further enhance our ability to provide additional content to our customers and target devices that have richer information available in their respective REST API.
The following major changes have been made to the BMC Discovery model:
BMC Discovery 11.2 changes the way that virtual machines are modeled. In previous releases VMs were modeled using a SoftwareInstance node with a vm_type attribute. They are now modeled using a Virtual Machine node which makes it easier to find and relate VMs to their containers and Hosts.
Logical databases are now stored in dedicated Database nodes rather than the DatabaseDetail nodes previously used. Dedicated Database nodes simplify the separation of databases from other database details. DatabaseDetail nodes are still used for other information about databases, for example schemas and tablespaces.
The following additional enhancements are introduced in version 11.2:
- CMDB Sync to new Cloud Instance class (requires CMDB 9.1 SP3)
- Use the CMDB REST API for CMDB Sync (requires CMDB 9.1 SP3)
- Share and tag favorite queries
- And more…
BMC Discovery version 11.2 files are now available for download at the BMC Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) site.
Read more in the Release Notes
Discovery Webinar: What's New with BMC Discovery 11.2
Please join us as we share our knowledge on the newest feature to come to BMC Discovery 11.2
For this session we will focus on the following topics:
- Overview of v11.2 Themes
- Deep Dive into What's New with v11.2
Date and Time:
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 am, Central Time Zone (Chicago, GMT-06:00)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:00 am, Eastern Time Zone (New York, GMT-05:00)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:00 am, Pacific Time Zone (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 pm, Europe Time (Paris, GMT+01:00)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 3:00 pm, UK Time (London, GMT)
Duration: 1 hour
If you cannot attend at that time, a link to watch the recording will be sent after the event.