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The Compuware APM Business Unit is proud to present dynaTrace 4.2. With a focus on an improved out-of-the-box-experience and zero configuration system monitoring dynaTrace has become much more accessible and provides more value faster. See below for all the detailed improvements and extensions of dynaTrace and find out what dynaTrace 4.2 can do to make your organization more productive.
A big focus of dynaTrace 4.2 has been making monitoring easy. A new workflow driven user interface guides you through the different system and application level aspects of your deployments, making dynaTrace easy to use even for the casual user. The all new Application Overview - that comes out-of-the-box without any manual configuration shows you all your applications, and guides you through the transactional and system based monitoring aspects, if you need to look into the details.
dynaTrace 4.2 finally delivers on the industry promise of a baselining approach that automatically detects anomalies and alerts reliably. Typical baselining approaches rely on averages and standard deviations (implicitly assuming standard distributions where there are none) for alerting. Often this results in more false alerts and not fewer. dynaTrace 4.2 uses multiple advanced statistical models that are specific to different types of measurements - the failure rate or the throughput of an application are differently distributed than the response time. Even in highly dynamic environments these methods result in 90% fewer alerts while still detecting significant anomalies in less than a minute. Finally alert spamming and manual tuning of alerting rules are a thing of the past.
dynaTrace 4.2 integrates the system monitoring aspect with the transactional PurePath based information delivering for the first time in the industry a solution that automatically detects and maps contributing infrastructure components in real-time to every user request. This allows dynaTrace to correlate system-level problems with business transactions and ultimately with the users that are affected. This enables you on the one hand to pinpoint transactional problems immediately to a specific host or processes-level problem and on the other hand give you the immediate impact of a host problem on your business critical functions and end-users. Making sure you focus on the right things first when things go wrong.
Now dynaTrace automatically monitors all hosts that run an instrumented application process - or, if you want to monitor additional hosts, just install the all new host monitoring agent on the target machines. No more configuration of system monitoring plugins - just run your applications and immediately get all relevant host health information. For process-level monitoring like JVM or CLR metrics dynaTrace now gives you comprehensive pre-configured dashboards that can be accessed directly from the Application Overview or the Transaction Flow.
dynaTrace 4.2 provides enhance cloud capabilities including smart detection of various virtualization platforms and fully integrated cloud specific metrics for technologies such as Cassandra or SQL Azure Database giving you full visibility into your cloud applications.
And UEM automatically provides insight into end-users accessing your web applications from IPv6-based networks.
After the experimental release of dynaTrace UEM for native mobile Apps in dynaTrace 4.1, we now offer the production ready Agent Development Kit (ADK) to make sure you have the visibility you need - even for native mobile applications on iPhones or Android based smart phones and tablets.
Current applications depend more and more on external services - be it the ubiquitous Facebook or Twitter integrations on a web page or calls to external systems via Web Services or message queues. Now dynaTrace makes these external calls much more obvious and enables you to understand which third party service affects which parts of your applications, so you can easily spot dependencies and bottlenecks.
* Single tier tracing only
dynaTrace 4.2 ensures that you can trace even the latest state of the art platforms and technologies including WebSphere 8, Cosminexus, Interstage, Java 7, .NET 4.5, WebMethods or the latest browser version. See the Supported Technologies Matrix below for details.
Additionally dynaTrace 4.2 provides improved .NET support with better visibility into the .NET ASP.NET framework and a more robust approach to tracing across different App-Domains even in tightly secured environments.
With this new release of dynaTrace you can now fully leverage other major Compuware APM products. The improved integration with Gomez Web Load Testing gives you complete 360° view of performance, scalability and reliability from an end-users perspective - so you can release you web offering with confidence.
Additionally with the experimental integration with dynaTrace Data Center Real-User Monitoring (DCRUM) you can increase your visibility into components like load-balancers or processes for which you cannot deploy an agent and still drill-down directly to dynaTrace - contact your sales representative, if you are interested in an Early Access Program.
Apart from the major focus points there have been dozens of other enhancements that make dynaTrace easier to use and more productive in many different areas. Here are the most important improvements:
Due to the new features and supported environments in dynaTrace 4.2 there are also some important licensing changes that you need to be aware of. Please note that you have to upgrade your license when upgrading your dynaTrace deployment. You can now upgrade an existing dynaTrace license on your own with the new self-service license management capabilities of the dynaTrace customer portal at eservices.dynatrace.com. If you need help with that, our Licensing team will gladly help you with transforming your existing license to a new 4.2 license.
With Visits becoming a more common metric for websites we are keeping pace and will be moving to visits-based licensing with dynaTrace 4.2. Page Actions will no longer be used as a basis for the dynaTrace UEM volume instead we will automatically convert your dynaTrace UEM volume to the new Visits based system.
If you have any questions regarding the new conversion ratio, please contact your Compuware sales representative.
With the release of dynaTrace 4.2 two new types of specialized agents will be available. These new agent types have to be licensed separately, similar to our Java and .Net agents. So if you are interested in this type of functionality, please contact your Compuware sales representative.
The WebSphere Message Broker Agent allows tracing through a WebSphere MB deployment, supporting several protocols such as HTTP, JMS as well as MQ.
The Host Monitoring Agent provides host information and several host health measures such as CPU and memory usage, network utilization and disk capacity. It can be installed on any host - virtualized or not - and replaces the now deprecated host monitoring plugins for Windows and Unix.
All the bugfixes and enhancements that have been addressed in the monthly updates for 4.1 are also incorporated into the dynaTrace 4.2 release. The 4.2 release contains more than 400 quality improvements, here are some important ones:
Support Related Issues (visible for employees only)
While the new release of dynaTrace has been tested extensively to ensure it works with in with all supported platforms and technologies, certain problems can not be addressed by the product. This section provides links to more information on certain problems you might run into. Have a look at the Knowledge Base for other workarounds and many hints.
This section outlines the minimum system 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.
See the Deployment Guide for detailed hardware recommendations specific to your load.
See the Deployment Guide for more specific hardware recommendations.
Long term historical data is stored in the dynaTrace Performance Warehouse. The Performance Warehouse uses a relational database to actually store the data. Out-of-the-box dynaTrace uses an embedded database for demo purposes. Any installation of dynaTrace should use one of the following database management systems to host the Performance Warehouse database:
NOTE: dynaTrace supports partitioned tables for high load scenarios for all of the above databases.
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.
Oracle (Sun) JVM
AIX 5.2, 6.1
*) these 64bit 1.4.2 JVMs are not supported by dynaTrace
n.a. = not applicable
*) .NET is not supported on the Itanium architecture
**) No certified support yet, as of July 2012 only the .NET 4.5 release candidate was available. CPU Sampling is not supported in the .NET 4.5 release candidate.
Apache Web Server
IBM HTTP Server (IHS) 6,7
AIX 5.2, 6.1
Databases, Connection Pools and BigData Solutions
Operating Systems (Platforms)
C IBM WebSphere 5.1/6/6.1/7/8
C Windows 7/Vista/XP
ESBs and SOA
C IBM WebSphere Message Broker 7 *
C RMI / IIOP
Web Service Stacks
LDAP (for User Authentication)
C IBM WebSphere 5.1/6/6.1/7/8
S Active Directory
AJAX Frameworks for UEM
Browser Support for UEM
Browser Diagnostics (with plugin)
S Firefox 3.6, 4-13
Support level: C = certified, S = supported, L = limited support
Please see the SYS section of the Community Portal for details.
The dynaTrace Java WebStart client can be started with any WebStart compatible browser. Internet Explorer 6+ and Firefox 3+ are certified by dynaTrace. The Java WebStart Client requires a 32-bit JRE 1.6.0_26 or higher to be installed (JRE 1.7 is not supported as of yet).
Compuware is committed to providing effective and reliable support for dynaTrace on all supported platforms and technologies. This includes communicating early on about the planned end of life for a given version as well as providing manageable upgrade paths for even the largest deployments. Generally we support the last two minor versions (now 4.2 and 4.1) as well as the last minor version of the previous major version (currently 3.5.2). This ensures that clients can always stay on a well supported version of dynaTrace, even if the upgrade of large systems with various organizational challenges can take a long time to plan and execute. To help you ensure a smooth and predictable upgrade to a new version of dynaTrace our Enablement Services Team will gladly assist you.
3.1 and earlier
*) On demand support and FixPacks for these versions are only available for severe production problems