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December 9th 2014

The Dynatrace team is proud to bring you Dynatrace Application Monitoring and User Experience Management 6.1.

 What's in Dynatrace Application Monitoring and UEM 6.1?
 

All Your Relevant Business Data in One Location

Dynatrace is excited to announce support for dynamic HTML5 web dashboards. Intuitive and simple to use, web dashboards provide the perfect interface for our business audience.

Developed with a touch-first mindset, these dashboards are designed for quick data access on both tablets and desktops.

  • Easy access for technical and business stakeholders.
  • No client-side install required with modern HTML5 technology.
  • Out-of-the-box dashboards require no configuration at all.
  • Real-time data display whenever and wherever you need it.

Create and Share Dashboards: Anytime & Anywhere

Business dashboards must be easy to use, visually engaging, and intuitive. Dynatrace now offers out-of-the-box web dashboards built for the most valuable use cases, such as monitoring real users across mobile and web channels, ensuring your application infrastructure is performing to meet the business’ needs!

You can also easily create your own web dashboards. Just select a dashboard type and a measure to be visualized. Within minutes you'll have an intuitive visualization of all the measures that matter to you. 

With web dashboards at your fingertips you can now access, manage, and share customizable business reports with ease.

Captain on Deck: Everything Under Control

Dynatrace now offers a Monitoring Overview that builds upon the benefits of transaction flows and takes your environment monitoring options to a new level.

This view provides instant insight and is the starting point of any deep dive analysis:

  • Number of users and overall requests in your environment.
  • User experience metrics.
  • Infrastructure health based on PureStack technology
  • Easily accessible built-in dashboards for immediate root cause analysis.
  • Intuitive breadcrumb navigation guides you through the analysis.

One-Stop Shop for Mobile and Web Apps

Have you ever wondered if your Android app has more users than your iOS app? Do you know how the conversion rate of your native mobile app compares to that of your website? 

No matter if your customers are using traditional desktop web browsers or the latest mobile browser on an iPad, the new Monitoring Overview is designed to give you instant insight into all of your channels and applications.

Injecting the mobile agent has never been easier. The UEM Configuration Wizard guides you through the Auto-Instrumentation process. Let Dynatrace do your monitoring so that you can focus on building great apps for your customers.

Realtime Analytics for Mobile App Crashes

With Dynatrace 6.1 we introduce a smart analytics engine that analyzes incoming crash reports in real-time. This allows you to analyze more crashes and mobile client errors over longer periods of time.

According to recent research, 46% of apps have a crash rate of more than one percent. Our largest mobile customers have 2.5 million visits per day. This means that Dynatrace captures more than 25,000 crashes daily for some customers (and more when buggy versions are made available in the app store).

"Thanks for enabling me to analyze 2 weeks of mobile errors and crashes within seconds and still being able to see each individual crash report in the context of the user journey."
Stephan Brunner, Head of Android Development at Runtastic

Full Stack Support: iOS 8, Swift, Android 5.0, and ART

Auto-instrumentation makes it super easy to use our agents. New auto-instrumentation features include the capturing of GPS locations, automatic registration of web views for use with the Javascript agent, and instrumentation of Apache HTTP ResponseHandler classes.

We also added a new setting that lets you filter out certain web requests to reduce the amount of data that’s captured (this turned out to be pretty useful for a customer’s app that performs audio streaming via HLS).

To stay on top of the latest technologies, we also ran additional tests to ensure that our mobile agents are fit for Android 5.0 Lollipop & ART, as well as for iOS 8 & Swift.

Support for Your DevOps Delivery Pipeline

Dynatrace 6.1 has several improvements that enable easy and flexible integration of Dynatrace into your continuous delivery pipeline:

  • A new version of the test run REST API was implemented based on trending best practices.
  • JSON, JSONP, and XML are supported formats for registering test runs and retrieving test results.
  • To speed up integration we now provide interactive API documentation based on Swagger. 
  • Our community supported Jenkins plug-in can now be installed directly from the official Jenkins Plug-in directory. Plus, the source code is available on GitHub so you can adapt the plug-in to fit your needs exactly.
  • The Ant, Maven, and MSBuild libraries have been updated to support the new Web API Tests category.

Integration with Web-Based Acceptance Testing Frameworks

The newly introduced Web API Test category allows you to track the performance and architectural regressions of HTTP requests (for example, significant increases in the number of database calls, exceptions, or invocations of a custom method), including SOAP- and REST-based web service calls.

"Taking care of web service performance across all stages of the delivery pipeline has never been easier thanks to Dynatrace 6.1!" - Jan Swaelens, architect at Sofico NV

End-To-End Transaction Monitoring for Node.js

We're very happy to announce the newest member of the Dynatrace agent family: the beta version of our Node.js agent which provides transactional visibility into and through Node.js applications. 

Join our Node.js beta program to receive a demo license and begin monitoring your Node.js applications.

More Transactions. More Agents. Same Hardware.

With Dynatrace 6.0 we introduced architectural changes in support of bigger Dynatrace environments. Our 6.1 release continues these optimizations by:

  • Handling 30% more transactions => up to 5,000 transactions/sec
  • Serving 30% more agents => up to 1,600 agents on 1 Dynatrace server

Stay tuned for even more architectural and scalability enhancements in the next release of Dynatrace!

See the Deployment Guide for detailed hardware recommendations that are specific to your load.

Enterprise Features for Everyone

  • Exception aggregation for Java and .NET provides exception summaries and rich details (Stacktraces) for the first three exceptions, facilitating root cause analysis efforts. This reduces load on Dynatrace Server and keeps your PurePaths organized. For new system profiles this feature is turned on by default.
  • The new Storage Quota reservation feature gives you full control over your data and how long you keep it, based on system profile.
  • Dynatrace now supports database partitioning for the Performance Warehouse on Oracle and DB2, which means reduced resource consumption.
  • With our new push notification mechanism, the Dynatrace client now alerts you to the availability of new public and private fixpacks.

Take Your Security Compliance Further with SOC Type 2 and PII Support

Customers and organizations demand compliance with the latest security and privacy regulations and laws. Dynatrace 6.1 is the only APM solution with SOC Type 2 certification that meets PII requirements. With this release, we make it easy to comply with regional data privacy laws like the German BDSG. Privacy settings allow you to mask IP addresses and user action names. Moreover, we've made sure that no sensitive data is stored in the cookies that are used for user experience management.

Other new features include support for custom locations, grouping of visits by ISP, and ending visits with an ADK call.

Cost Optimization for CICS and IMS with PurePath

The Dynatrace CICS and IMS agents are now up to 75% more efficient when it comes to CPU consumption!

  • This was achieved by replacing our exit-based approach to data collection with a highly efficient hooking mechanism
  • Additionally, the zRemote agent pulls CPU intensive tasks off the mainframe.
  • The zLocal agent is now eligible for an assist processor (zIIP), which can lower your z/OS footprint even further. This feature isn't enabled per default, but you should make use of these savings in your environment. Please open a support ticket if you're interested.
  • Last but not least, Dynatrace 6.1 follows IMS MSC (Multi Systems Coupling) transactions across LPARS!

J2EE Compliance, Tomcat v8, Cassandra 2, and much more...

Dynatrace 6.1 adds support for new technologies (for full details, see Supported Environments) including:

  • Application Servers: WildFly 8, GlassFish 4, Tomcat 8
  • Messaging: IBM Integration Bus 9, WebSphere MQ 8, RabbitMQ, JMS 2.0
  • NoSQL & Big Data: Cassandra 2.0.1, DataStax 2.1, HBase 0.98, MongoDB Java Driver 2.12, Astynax 1.56.48
  • Other: webMethods 9, Apache CXF 3.0, Apache Commons DBCP 2, Log4j 2

With Dynatrace SaaS, the Sky is the Limit!

If you've decided to bypass an on-premise deployment and let us worry about hosting your system in the cloud, you'll enjoy the following new enhancements:

  • Unlimited historical data retention free of charge. 
  • No more firewall hassles—you can now use standard ports 80 and 443.
  • "Bienvenida South America!" We just added a new Brazil region for you!
  • Automatic Consumption Reports give you insight into your usage of agents and UEM Visits.

Learn more about Dynatrace SaaS.

Easy First Steps for Beginners and Experts

We received a lot of feedback from new users who installed and used Dynatrace for the first time. We've used this feedback to simplify the first steps that new users must take to get started with Dynatrace. Someone who has never worked with Dynatrace before can now get started easier than ever. If you, your friends, or colleagues want to try Dynatrace, register to get your license today and experience the power of Dynatrace!

We continue to invest in usability improvements, so look for more improvements in our next release!

Find Answers Quickly! Completely Redesigned Product Documentation

Our entirely redesigned Dynatrace Documentation offers great new tools and sections to help you quickly find what you're looking for. 

 

 Upgrading and Getting Started with this release
Dynatrace Help now features an entirely redesigned Get Started section with great new tools to help new users quickly get up to speed with Dynatrace. 

No matter your role or use case, the new Get Started section has you covered:

 News From the Community

Webinars

Did you know that we host Dynatrace Community Webinars twice a month? Webinars give you the chance to have your questions addressed one-on-one with a Dynatrace Expert. All webinars are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel as well as APM University. If you have topic suggestions for future webinars, send us an email.

User Groups

Did you know that Dynatrace Community members are active in User Groups, Meetups, Conferences and Performance Clinics? Meet up with us at one of these events, or suggest additional user groups where you would like to see us present. Just send us an email.

Blog

Take a look at our about:performance blog where customers and our Center of Excellence team provide insight into all things APM. For example, take a look at Getting more from Browser Agent and Selenium by guest blogger David Snyder, or How to Gain & Keep Internal Acceptance for APM by guest blogger Derek Abing. Have your own stories you'd like to share with a larger audience? Send us an email and we'll help spread the good news.

Plugins

Extend Dynatrace with Plugins and Fastpacks provided by the Dynatrace Community. Check out the list of recently added and updated plugins:

  • DB Query Plugin - Now supports PostgreSQL and allows you to query any type of data that uses PostgreSQL as a measure.

  • HPOO Action Plugin - Brian Perrault contributed this integration plugin that offers HP Operations Orchestration.

  • Windows Event Log Monitor Plugin - Derek Abing contributed this plugin to track specific Windows event log messages.

  • Citrix NetScaler Monitor Plugin - Roman Spitzbart contributed this plugin that leverages the NetScaler NITRO API to monitor key Citrix metrics.  

 Licensing Update

Dynatrace 6.1 licensing is compatible with Dynatrace 6.0 licenses, so you don't need to upgrade your license unless you are migrating from an earlier Dynatrace version (5.6 or earlier). You can upgrade an existing Dynatrace license on your own using our eServices license management portal. For full details, see the license upgrade documentation. If you need help, our Licensing team will gladly support you in upgrading your existing license to a 6.1 license.

Following a license upgrade, ensure that your current license is deactivated. If you're using UEM, ensure that the correct amount of UEM Volume is reissued in the form of UEM vouchers.

Dynatrace for z/OS uses a MIPS based licensing model that runs on Compuware's License Management System (LMS) which is available on our download page. z/OS licenses are not available through eServices; you must request z/OS licenses via email.

 Resolved and Known Issues

Resolved Issues

This release contains a number of quality improvements, including the following issues that have been resolved:

  • Changes in Dynatrace frontend server configuration aren't ignored anymore.

  • In rare cases the iOS mobile agent caused issues when Google Ad SDK 6.9.3 was used.

  • iOS mobile agent enabled the automatic crash reporting before agent was running.

  • Dynatrace start center showed a memory warning for the Dynatrace server although everything was fine.

  • Under certain conditions the Dynatrace server droped PurePaths in Development Team Edition if throughput mode was enabled.

  • Selective fixpack deployment dialog showed agents from all connected servers, not just the selected one.

  • UEM didn't work properly on IE8 and IE9, when CORS was used.
  • Dynatrace client could crash on Mac OSX (10.10 yosemite) when opening the file dialog.
  • It was possible to set sizing "Large" on a 32bit JVM under Linux.
  • In rare scenarios the business transaction creation dialog didn't show up.

Known Issues

While the new release of Dynatrace has been tested extensively to ensure that it works with all supported platforms and technologies, certain issues cannot be addressed from the product side. This section provides links to more information regarding such issues. Please refer to our Knowledge Base for other workarounds and tips.

  • In rare cases the Geo location custom settings cannot be saved.
  • System profiles from Dynatrace versions 4.2 and earlier must be migrated to version 5.6 before they can be upgraded to Dynatrace version 6.1.
  • Java 7 does not accept weak certificates by default (i.e., certificates that use weak hashing or signing algorithms, for example MD2 or RSA keys smaller than 1024 bit). This can lead to refused connections (for example, when authenticating to a secure LDAP server).

 System Requirements & Supported Technologies

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 Support Levels and End of Life Policy

Dynatrace is committed to providing effective and reliable support for all platforms and technologies listed in our system requirements . This includes early communication with users regarding planned end-of-life for given versions, along with upgrade path guidance. Typically, a product release is supported for about 2 years. This includes the last two minor versions (currently 6.0 & 6.1) and the last minor version of the previous major release (currently 5.6). This ensures that clients can remain on well supported versions of Dynatrace even in cases where upgrades are dependent on significant organizational challenges that take time to plan and execute. If you have any questions regarding end-of-life for a specific version of Dynatrace, speak to our Services team. They can assist you with a smooth and predictable upgrade to a new version.  

Support Level Overview

Dynatrace 
version

On-demand
support

Projected 
end of life

6.1(plus)Spring 2016
6(plus)October 31,2015
5.6(plus)Summer 2016
5.5 and earlier(minus)* 

  *) Only for severe production problems; an upgrade may be required

  Announcement of Platform Support Changes

  The Dynatrace 6.1 release discontinues support  for the following platforms and components:

  • All Dynatrace components running on Microsoft Windows XP
  • iPlanet 7 (due technical blockers, we were forced to discontinue support)

With the next Dynatrace 6.x release, support for the following platforms will be discontinued:

  • All components on AIX 5.2/5.3
  • Web server agent and .NET on Microsoft IIS 6
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
  • Multiple Dynatrace Server instances on one system

With the fall 2016 release of Dynatrace, support for the following platforms will be discontinued:

  • Java Virtual Machine 1.4.2 (all vendors)
  • Dynatrace Client 32bit
  • Dynatrace Server 32bit
  • HP-UX IA64

 


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