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November 4th, 2010

Our team is excited to present dynaTrace 3.5, a brand new version of your favorite application performance management solution.

We recommend to upgrade dynaTrace Agents, dynaTrace Collectors and dynaTrace Servers to 3.5. Please see the revised and simplified Upgrade and Migration Guide and Deployment Guide for details.

The GoSpace demo application for Java, .NET and Web 2.0 is now a separate installer package. This reduces the size of e.g. the full install package on Windows to approximately 200 megabytes and also enables updates aside from the product release schedule.

The product documentation has been revamped. Make sure to check out the walk throughs to profit from what our performance experts have learned.

1. Fast :: Start Center and Work-Flows

We’ve cut the time it takes to learn dynaTrace from hours to minutes. With user centric work-flows, out-of the-box dashboards and integrated best practices you’ll be solving the unsolvable the same day you download.

2. Smart :: Best of Breed Memory and Thread Diagnostics

dynaTrace 3.5 has several man-years of performance management expertise built in. New automated hotspot diagnostics , unparalleled automatic memory analyzer, and context sensitive knowledge center integration. It's no longer for experts only, dynaTrace 3.5 can make you a performance hero overnight.

3. Automated :: Open and Integrated Test Automation

For increased ease and greater efficiency, dynaTrace 3.5 brings automation another leap forward. Automatic baselining highlights performance regression suspects and pinpoints performance hot-spots. Take the next step in proactive performance management .

4. Collaborative :: Web-based Dashboards and Alerting

Sharing, collaboration and communication have never been easier. Browse and send session files more easily. Real-time Web based dashboards provide management and peers quick access to results in the office or on the road. Embed metrics and data, with a single click, into portals and HTML emails. From finger-pointing to teamwork overnight.

5. Easy :: Auto Discovery and Business Transactions

With dynaTrace 3.5, even the tough stuff is easy now. Auto-discovery and mapping of business transactions, our auto-sensor-placement wizard, and auto-monitoring dashboards are just three examples of the many advances making dynaTrace 3.5 the easiest business transaction management solution for Web, Java, .NET, and C/C++ in the market.

6. Business Savvy :: New Dashlets and Reporting

Bring IT closer to business with new out-of-the-box business activity dashboards . Coupled with end-to-end transaction tracing to provide actionable visibility to management, for steering the business and optimizing IT; and with new report scheduling services push service level reports directly in management’s inbox.

7. Web 2.0 :: From Browser to Backend

Now get mouse-click-to-database, transaction pure visibility into Web 2.0 based applications. No more blindspots, no more guesswork. Get deep into Ajax code-level execution coupled with deep server-side view across all tiers and data access layers. There’s never been anything like it.

8. End-to-End :: Native and Mainframe Applications

With dynaTrace 3.5, we’ve extended our deep, transaction pure business transaction management solution for Java and .NET to mainframe and native C/C++ applications. Simply link through a C/C++ based open-source agent interface to bring dynaTrace CAPM value to classic enterprise applications.

9. Revealing :: Transaction Flow Map

dynaTrace 3.5 is more revealing than ever. Visualize real-time transaction flows – based on PurePath technology – throughout a distributed system of hundreds of servers across Web, Java, .NET, mainframe and native C/C++. The fully accurate transaction traces highlight hot-spots, automatically document application dependencies, and enable fast problem isolation with inter-tier times, response time and system health information. And if that’s not enough, the transaction flows can be selectively filtered by business transactions; with full interactive drill-down to the code-level.

10. Scalable :: More Measures and Bigger Deployments

And, of course, we made dynaTrace 3.5 even more scalable. 35 billion measurements per day, which is 10x more scalable than 3.0, less than 2% overhead in volume production with transaction tracing always on. Find out why more and more fortune 1000 companies trust dynaTrace for monitoring managing and reporting on their most critical business applications.

Simplified Discovery Run

The dynaTrace Collectors shares now information about the class inheritance tree within an Agent Group. This allows to skip the Discovery Run for all Agents except the first, reducing deployment effort. With an option called "Synchronize Discovery Data between Collectors" discovery information can be collected from all Collectors, merged and used as a starting point for new Collectors. This allows to roll out hundreds of Agents with a discovery for only one.

Overhead Reduction

The dynaTrace Agent has received a major improvement that reduces instrumentation overhead especially for application servers that are using many worker threads and that are under high load.
Two very important and widely used Sensors (Servlet and JDBC Sensor) have been reviewed and are contributing now less overhead.
CPU Time Measurements can cause high overhead on some platforms due to operating system restrictions. An intelligent approach is used to reduce the number of cpu measurements taken as far as possible and cpu time measurements are automatically disabled if the observed overhead is too high. Further CPU time measurement overhead has been significantly improved for Linux operating systems with kernel version 2.6.17+.

Fault Tolerance

The dynaTrace Agent has been improved to prevent negative impact on the application even in case of accidently wrong configuration or deployment.
The improvements include built in lists of incompatible JVM options and instant skipping of measurements when severe network problems make it impossible to transmit measuruments to the server.

Session Recording

A new Task "Continuous Session Recording Task" (known as "File Rotating Session Recording" prior to this release) allows storing PurePath in a series of stored sessions, without loosing a single PurePath. The Session storage quota concept has been simplified to automatically limit disk space that is used to store this data.

Additional Features

  • Custom events can be included in dynaTrace to mark points in time such as deployment changes to understand the performance impact.
  • When dashlets are in the process of refreshing, it is indicated with a small rotating icon in the dashlet header.
  • Incidents can now be deactivated based on a schedule. No incident is triggered during that timer interval to enable maintenance windows.
  • The Tagged Web Request Dashlet now supports grouping by Timer Name, Virtual User and Page Context.

Edition Updates

The Development Edition is no longer available for purchase. It is replaced by the Development Team Edition but no worries: it provides a lot more value and license migration is easy. Please contact your sales manager.

Please see our corporate website for a full edition comparison.

Resolved Issues

  • dynaTrace Client would not start on Windows machines where the Command Processor AutoRun options have been changed in the registry. This problem is now resolved.
  • Reports did not show dashlet titles for charts. Reporting has been completely reworked and this problem has been fixed.
  • dynaTrace cannot connect to an Oracle repository when the SID name does not match the service name. This has been fixed.
  • dynaTrace required schema owner credentials when using an Oracle database as repository. Now, the database user does not need schema modification rights.
  • Method counts per PurePath did not work correctly for certain transactions. This problem has been resolved.
  • Action plug-ins did not report failed executions. Now an incident is raised if an action plug-in terminates abnormally.
  • Apache HttpClient 4.x is now working with the HTTP URLConnection Tagging Sensor.

Support related Issues (visible for employees only)

Support related fixes in dynaTrace 3.5

Known Problems

While our team is striving to provide a world-class customer experience, it is not always in our hands to resolve all issues e.g. due to third party constraints or known bugs in other technologies. This section provides a heads-up on common problems you might run into. Check out the Knowledge Base for workarounds and many hints.

Additional Information

Software and Hardware Requirements

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This line-up is giving support operating systems, JVMs and the miminum heap and storage requirements to install dynaTrace. Typically these minimum requirements are suitable for demonstration purposes only. Please refer to the Deployment Guide for production ready hardware requirements - depending on the size of your dynaTrace deployment.

dynaTrace Agent

  • Windows 32/64, Linux 32/64, Solaris SPARC 32/64, Solaris x86/x64, AIX 32/64 Power 5 and Power 6 Architecture, z/OS 31/64, z/Linux 31/64, Linux IA64, HP-UX PARISC, HP-UX IA64
  • Oracle (Sun) JVM, IBM JVM, JRockit JVM, HP JVM
  • 10MB disk space

dynaTrace Server

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP, 2000/2003/2008 Server, Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86/64
    • Windows and Linux installers/packages contain a private 32bit/64bit JRE
    • AIX requires IBM JDK 1.6 SR2+
    • Solaris SPARC and Solaris x86/64 require J2SE 6.0
  • min. 1GB disk space
  • min. 1GB, typical 4-12 GB memory

See the Deployment Guide for more specific hardware recommendations.

dynaTrace Collector

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP, 2000/2003/2008 Server, Linux, Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86/64, AIX Power 5 and Power 6, z/OS, z/Linux, HP-UX
  • Oracle (Sun) JVM 1.6+, IBM JVM 1.6 SR2+, HP JVM 1.6+
  • min. 1GB disk space
  • min. 128MB, typical 1-2GB memory

See the Deployment Guide for more specific hardware recommendations.

dynaTrace Client

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP, 2000/2003/2008 Server, SUSE/RedHat Linux with GTK
  • 100MB disk space
  • 1GB memory

dynaTrace Repository

  • Relational database of choice
    • Embedded database (not for productive use!)
    • Oracle 10g/11g
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008
    • IBM DB2 Version 9
    • PostgreSQL 8.3

To determine the disk space requirements for the dynaTrace Repository upfront you can/should calculate 15GB per 1000 persistent measures (of all System Profiles within the dynaTrace Repository). You can find more details in Deployment Guide.

Supported Java Virtual Machines

OS

Architecture

Oracle (Sun) JVM
6.0, 5.0, 1.4.2* 32/64bit

IBM JVM
6.0, 5.0, 1.4.2* 32/64bit

Oracle Jrockit
6.0, 5.0, 1.4.2* 32/64bit

HP JVM
6.0, 5.0, 1.4.2* 32/64bit

Windows

x86/x64

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Linux

x86/x64

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Solaris 8+

SPARC 32/64

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Solaris 10+

x86/x64

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AIX 5.2, 6.1

P32/P64

 

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HP-UX

IA64/PA-RISC2.0

 

 

 

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z/Linux

z31/z64

 

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z/OS

z31/z64

 

(tick)

 

 

*)1.4.2 JVMs are not available with 64bit support

Supported .NET Platforms*

 

Windows
x86/x64
32 bit

Windows
x64
64 bit

.NET 1.1

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n.a.

.NET 2.0

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.NET 3.0

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.NET 3.5

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.NET 4.0

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n.a. = not applicable
*Itanium is not supported

Supported Application Environments

Application Servers

ESBs and SOA

Runtimes

C IBM WebSphere 5.1/6/6.1/7
C Oracle WebLogic 8.1(SP3/SP4/SP5/SP6)/
C Oracle WebLogic 9/9.1/9.2/10/11g
C Oracle Application Server 9i, 10g   
C JBoss 3/4/5
C Apache Tomcat 5/6
C Borland Enterprise Server 6.5
C Borland Application Server 6.7
C Sun Java Web Server 6.1
C Sun Java Application Server 8.2/9/9.1
C Microsoft IIS/ASP.NET 6/7
C Microsoft SharePoint
S MS COM+ Component Services for .NET
S Adobe LiveCycle
S SpringSource dm Server
S Fujitsu Interstage 9
S SAP NetWeaver 2004/2007
S ATG Dynamo 6.3.0
S CoreMedia
S ServletExec 4.1
S JRun 4
S ColdFusion 6.1/7
S Proprietary Java/.NET Servers

C Oracle Service Bus
C Fuse ESB
S Oracle SOA Suite

Sun JVM
IBM JVM 
Oracle JRockit JVM
BEA/Oracle RT 2.0
HP JVM
Microsoft .NET CLR

DBs

Operating Systems(Platforms)

Web Service Stacks

C IBM DB2 8/9
C Oracle DB 9i/10g/11g
C MS SQL Server 2000/ 2003/2005/2008
C PostgreSQL
C Java DB
C Generic JDBC drivers and
ADO.NET data providers
(e.g. ODP.NET)

C Windows 7/Vista/XP
C Windows 2000/2003/2008 Server
C Suse Linux 8+
C RedHat Linux 4+
C AIX 5.2, 6.1
C Solaris SPARC 8+
C Solaris 10+ x86/x64
C IBM z/OS 390
C z/Linux SLES 8 SP4
C HP-UX PA-RISC2.0
C HP-UX IA64
C Linux IA64

C IBM WebSphere 5.1/6/6.1/7
C Oracle WebLogic 8.1/9/9.1/9.2/10/11g
C .NET WebServices
C AXIS 1.4
C AXIS2 1.3
C Hessian 2.1/3/3.1/3.2
C Oracle WebServices
C JAX WebServices
C Codehaus XFire 1.2
C Apache HttpClient 1
S Apache CXF 2.2
S SAP Netweaver
S WebMethods Glue

Remoting

Messaging

Frameworks

C RMI / IIOP
C RMI / JRMP
C RMI / T3
C .NET Remoting
C ORMI
C JBoss Remoting
C WCF
C HTTP Remoting
C XML-RPC.NET

C JMS
C IBM WebSphere MQ 5.1/6/6.1
C Apache Active MQ 4/4.1
C Microsoft MQ 3.0
S TIBCO Rendezvous

C Hibernate
C Struts 1.x/2.x(to be tested) 
C AWT/Swing/RCP/WPF/WinForms
S Spring
S BlazeDS
S Oracle Coherence 
C Applets
others

Support level: C = certified, S = supported, L = limited support

Please see the Known Systems section of the Community Portal for details.

Supported Browsers for Web Start

Browser

Version

Microsoft Internet Explorer

6+

Mozilla Firefox

3+