New Features and Enhancements

The following new features have been added in this release. Some of the existing features have been improved, and are listed under the Enhancements section.
The following new features have been added in this release. Some of the existing features have been improved, and are listed under the Enhancements section.
The following video examines the key features of this release and shows how they can aid your organization in acquiring and analyzing performance data:

New Features
Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management
Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management lets you integrate a single instance of 
CA Business Intelligence
 with the following products:
  • CA Performance Management
  • CA Unified Infrastructure Management
  • CA Spectrum
  • CA Service Operations Insight
Sharing a single instance of 
CA Business Intelligence
 reduces the number of 
CA Business Intelligence
 instances that you are required to deploy and maintain. Sharing 
CA Business Intelligence
 also enables dashboards that span multiple products, giving you a new level of insight.
For more information, see Integrate CA Business Intelligence.
The following video examines the enhanced
CA Business Intelligence

The following video examines the user interface improvements that are offered in this release including improved workflows and quicker access to actionable data:

ACI Console
This release includes improvements to the ACI Console to clarify the relationships between EPGs and contracts. For more information, see Monitor Cisco ACI.
CA Virtual Network Assurance
 Gateway Management
The Data Collector can support multiple Gateways, however, only one Gateway can be active at a time. You can delete a Gateway and its associated inventory. This action deletes the associated VNA items on 
CA Performance Management
. This action also deletes all historical performance data. Alternatively, to preserve the inventory, you can edit the lifecycle state of the Gateway. If you set the lifecycle state to retired, the Data Collector stops processing data from the Gateway. For more information, see Manage Data from CA Virtual Network Assurance.
Chart/Table Views
This release includes the following updated and new visualizations in the chart/table views:
  • Gauge/Table
  • Trend/Table
  • Radial Bar/Table
  • Pie/Table
These chart/table views are all available with the IM Custom Chart-Table view. You can use the IM Custom Chart-Table view in place of the IM Gauge/Table view and the IM Trend/Table view. For more information, see Table Views.
FIPS-Compliant Encryption
CA Performance Management
 is FIPS 140-2 compatible. Passwords in SNMP Profiles are now automatically encrypted using a FIPS-compliant algorithm when synchronized to data sources that are FIPS compatible. FIPS-compatible data sources include the Data Aggregator, 
CA Spectrum
, and the Event Manager. For more information, see FIPS-Compliant Encryption.
OpenAPI Query Enhancements
The following enhancements apply to the OpenAPI QueryBuilder:
  • The 
     transformation can now be done on the group level using group ID.
  • The 
     transformation can now include up to 5 expressions.
  • The threshold and projection metrics are now supported.
  • You can now apply business hours.
The following video examines the improvements to the OpenAPI and its companion, QueryBuilder:

Report Scheduler
This release introduces user interface improvements for scheduling a report. For more information, see Share Data with Other Users
SD-WAN Monitoring
The release introduces enhanced support for SD-WAN monitoring that supports the Viptela SD-WAN solution. These enhancements include the following dashboard and context pages:
  • SD-WAN App Path Statistics dashboard
  • Application/SLA Classes context pages
  • Application/SLA Paths context pages
For more information, see Monitor SD-WAN.
The following video examines the enhanced features for the Viptela SD-WAN technology:

SD-WAN View Enhancements
This release introduces the following enhancements to views on the SD-WAN dashboards:
  • In addition to the map view for tunnels, a map view for application/SLA paths is now available. Application/SLA path details for the following metrics appear when you hover over a connection between sites:
    • Percentage of Jitter SLA Threshold
    • Percentage of Packet Loss SLA Threshold
    • Percentage of Latency SLA Threshold
    For more information, see Map Views.
  • You can now view time bar charts aggregating packet loss, latency, and jitter metrics and time bar charts for each metric. For more information, see Time Bar Chart Views.
  • You can now expand card views for more details. For more information, see Card Views.
CA Business Intelligence
This release introduces improvements to the Top N reports available with 
CA Business Intelligence
. For more information, see CA Business Intelligence Reports.
New Data Sources Web Service
In this release, a new service is available in the Data Sources web service. You can now get the current CA
Performance Center
version by using the following URL: 
To use this endpoint, users must have permission to view data sources.
This URL supports REST GET requests. Responses are returned in XML. 
For more information about the Datasources web service, see Data Sources Web Service
Platform Updates
Supported OS
This release introduces support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.3 and deprecates support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.x.
The following RHEL versions are supported:
  • RHEL 6.6 - 6.9
  • RHEL 7.3
RHEL 6.8, 6.9, or 7.3 are recommended.
The following RHEL versions are not supported:
  • RHEL 5.x
  • RHEL 6.5 and lower
  • RHEL 7.0 - 7.2
Data Repository, Data Aggregator, Data Collector, and Performance Center components that are installed on unsupported RHEL versions require an OS upgrade.
For more information, see the following information:
Vertica Update
This release upgrades the Data Repository to Vertica release 8.1:
  • This release addresses a critical security vulnerability in Vertica. The security vulnerability allowed an unauthenticated entity with the ability to establish a connection to the client socket to reset the password of a known database user. This security vulnerability has been resolved.
  • The default installation directory for the the Data Repository installation package and Vertica license file has changed to the following location:
    The default file system for RHEL 7.3 is the XFS file system, which is unsupported by Vertica. The database performs best with the ext4 file system.
For more information, see the following procedures: