CA APM Release Notes

This release notes article explains the key features and details for CA APM 10.2.
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This release notes article explains the key features and details for CA APM 10.2.
 
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Team Center
Enterprise Team Center
 works under the hood to provide Team Center with a comprehensive set of information that is gathered from all parts of your enterprise environment. Team Center centralizes information from all MOMs and standalone Enterprise Managers in the environment. Team Center can present a single view of any area of the Enterprise environment.
Universes
 - For security, management and navigation, particularly for large enterprise environments, the Team Center focuses each user on the parts of the enterprise environment over which they have responsibility. This focused subset of components is a universe. The Team Center Administrator defines universes for users, based on the business requirements of that user.
Team Center UI
 - In the updated Team Center UI, ribbons are replaced with collapsible navigation for filters, highlighting and the timeline, to create more space for viewing the environment.
Advanced Filtering in Team Center
 – You can filter components by any attribute, create multiple filter groups, and drag-and-drop individual filters across filter groups. You can also filter by following a transaction path and include request start point in filter result.
Transaction Path Filter
 – This filter lets you identify complete transaction paths from a single attribute. It selects all components in those transaction paths that go through any component with the attribute value that you specify.
Welcome screen
 - A new welcome screen provides new users with links to the APM Team Center quick guide videos, documentation, and other resources for users new to APM.
Official Microsoft Edge Support 
- Team Center supports Microsoft Edge.
More Information:
 Team Center 
Note:
 Application Behavior Analytics is removed from this release. Improved application behavior information is available directly from Team Center.
APM Command Center
Agent Packages
 - Command Center now enables you to create and manage custom agent packages suitable for your environment. Using the graphical user interface (Agent Package Builder), you can build packages by combining various agent functionalities. The completed package can be downloaded, either manually or using API.
Java Agent
Simplifications to agent configuration, including shortcut naming for agent profile location and agent manager addressing.
More Information:
  Java Agent Properties 
Browser Agent
The Browser Agent has the following new features:
gzip File Support - 
gzip is a file format that compresses and decompresses files. You can configure the Browser Agent to skip filters in gzip compressed files.
 
New Properties - 
The Browser Agent has the following new properties:
 
introscope.agent.browseragent.contentencoding.enabled=FALSE
Enables content encoding support property for the browser agent. This browser-specific property does not require you to restart the application or application server.
introscope.agent.browseragent.instrumentclass.autoskip.depth=1
Specifies the skip level to instrument the class for the browser agent. This property works when the introscope.agent.browseragent.contentencoding.enabled property is set to true. This browser-specific property does not require you to restart the application or application server.
For example: if introscope.agent.browseragent.contentencoding.enabled property is enabled and introscope.agent.browseragent.instrumentclass.autoskip.depth is set to 2, the agent skips two times to run the browser agent for instrumented class. This behavior occurs if the current instrumentation is not at a servlet level. If the current instrumentation is in the servlet level, the browser agent continues to run.
Sustainability Metrics - 
The Browser Agent has the following new sustainability metric:
 
introscope.agent.browseragent.contentencoding.enabled
More Information:
 
APM Database Upgrade on PostgreSQL
The PostgreSQL installation must be upgraded if the existing deployment uses the APM database on PostgreSQL. A newer version of PostgreSQL is installed during the Enterprise Manager upgrade.
More information: 
 Upgrade the APM Database 
APM Database Password Encryption
Since hotfix 19 (Introscope Enterprise Manager Release 10.2.0.48, Build 991900), APM uses the AES128 algorithm for encryption instead of the DES algorithm. Each installation has its own key so it is not possible to decrypt the encrypted string without access to the file system of the machine where the EM is installed.
HTTP Tracing and Correlation
You can monitor the performance of HTTP requests made by your Java applications, such as REST, using:
  • Java URLConnection
  • Apache HTTPClient
  • Spring HTTPClient
With this feature, you can:
  • View backend performance metrics for each URL path.
  • View aggregated performance metrics across the different providers that are separated by
     protocol/host/port.
     
  • View additional transaction trace details, such as the request parameters and HTTP status code.
  • Interact with these components and display their dependencies.
Distributed transactions across multiple JVMs over HTTP are automatically correlated when you insert a Correlation Identifier in the HTTP request header.
Response Time (ms) 95th Percentile Metric
The CEM users can now track the performance of most business transactions. The CEM user tracks the 95th percentile of the Response Time values for each business transaction. Response Time (ms) 95th Percentile metric indicates the estimated value that is greater than or equal to the 95 percent of the total response time. The count in the Response Time 95th Percentile metric represents the number of data points that are part of the 95th percentile estimated value. The count lets you identify the outlier data points to identify any issues in a business transaction.
The following metrics represent the Response Time 95th Percentile estimate value and count:
  • Response Time (ms) 95th Percentile
  • Total RT 95th Percentile Transactions Per Interval
More information:
 Customer Experience Metrics 
APM Geo-Location Metrics
You can track the geographic locations of any business transactions, and the performance metrics for a location. You can enable the geo-location feature in TESS Collector to locate the business transactions geographically.
CEM HTTP Plugin v3.0
Now, the HTTP Analyzer Java Plugin interface provides the IP and Port details of a client and server. The plug-in provides backward compatibility with the earlier plug-in interfaces (version 1 and 2). The developers can now access the connection details parameter (argument) of the
 public CemPluginOutput newComponent(args)
 method to enhance an application functionality. The format of the connection details parameter is:
[clientIP]:clientPort->[serverIP]:serverPort
Note:
 Access the HTTP plug-in V3.0 documentation from the TIM Admin User Interface. 
Cross-Enterprise APM
For information about the enhancements for CA Cross-Enterprise Application Performance Management, see Cross Enterprise APM Release Notes. 
CA APM Products and Resources
For more an information about CA APM products and resources, visit Integrating and APM Solutions.