ANNOUNCING: HYPERIC HQ 3.2 GA

Hyperic HQ - open source systems management, apache management, tomcat management, LAMP management, WebLogic management, virtualization management, VMware management, WebSphere management, Xen management, JBoss management, WAMP management

Hyperic HQ 3.2 is now officially available, download it here:

http://www.hyperic.com/downloads/

This exciting new release is designed to provide a more powerful "single pane of glass" to monitor, diagnose and manage today's complex, custom, web-based IT environments. In addition, significant infrastructure enhancements to the core Hyperic HQ platform were added to deliver the most scalable and manageable enterprise monitoring software available in open source.

New Features and Enhancements in HQ 3.2
New Diagnostics and Visibility

Today's IT administrators deal with an increasing burden of disparate technologies, and changing resources to monitor and maintain. Typically, they rely on a variety of utilities and diagnostic tools to ensure and restore availability to their systems. Hyperic HQ 3.2 introduces three new capabilities that provide both new and existing users of HQ a single console to manage all layers of their infrastructure:

* Live Exec Data - This feature allows HQ users to view - in real time - performance data for a single platform or across a number of platforms, in a rich, centralized user interface. The Live Exec Data framework is built OS-independent, which means that commands can be executed on both Windows and *nix systems. Executable commands include:
      o Cpuinfo
      o Cpuperc
      o Df
      o Ifconfig
      o Netstat
      o Top
      o Who
* Currently Down Resources - This quick look screen gives users the ability to view all down resources and their length of down time at a glance in one page. The view can be more narrowly filtered by generic or specific resource type, and can also be sorted by resource name, type, exact down time, and length of down time.
* Nagios Import Utility - This new utility automatically imports Nagios hosts, commands and service object. This utility provides administrators currently using Nagios easy access to all the custom checks and configuration currently supported in their Nagios environment, while extending all the additional benefits and features of the Hyperic HQ platform to these users with the click of a button.
* Improved Nagios Integration - The Hyperic HQ 3.2 Nagios plugin has been extended significantly to provide Nagios administrators the ability to run Nagios plugins natively and view Nagios Services, Hosts, and Statuses in a way that is identical to the Nagios Service Details interface.

More Scalable, Manageable Infrastructure

Hyperic HQ users power some of the largest website and web applications in the world. Providing monitoring and management capablities at this scale can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Hyperic HQ 3.2 introduces powerful infrastructure enhancements to ensure maximum visibility with minimum overhead:

* Scalability Improvements - Hyperic aims to provide the most scalable systems monitoring and management software available in open source with Hyperic HQ 3.2. Significant investment in powering more concurrent checks, collecting more log data, and increasing the database performance for both queries and data insertion will demonstrate immediate results for large scale enterprises. Significant benchmark testing will be conducted in parallel with this Beta, and results will be shared.
* MySQL Database Support - Full support for MySQL database to be used as backend data store for Hyperic HQ 3.2, leveraging the proliferation of MySQL in the enterprise and existing DBA expertise.  The performance of MySQL is expected to be on par with the other backend databases we currently support: Oracle, and Postgres.
* HQ Health Check - The Hyperic HQ Server now supports self-diagnostics on the performance of the server itself, providing users and Hyperic Support a better way to be assured their monitoring system is always available.
* Global Alert Disable  - For scheduled maintenance or planned outages, the HQ administrator can globally disable all alerts on-demand in HQ 3.2, thereby preventing unwanted alerts from being generated during these times.

Download Hyperic HQ 3.2:
http://www.hyperic.com/downloads/

Posted by John Mark Walker 2008-01-30

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