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. 
New Features
Alarms View
This release introduces Alarms views. If you have
CA Spectrum
 configured as a data source, alarms views let you view and manage
CA Spectrum
 alarms. An alarms view provides a prioritized list of
CA Spectrum
 alarms, which helps you quickly focus on resolving the most impactful problems. The alarms view also provides visibility into other, potentially related, issues on the same device, or connected to a device. For more information, see Alarms View.
The following video examines the Alarms view:

Context Types
Where applicable, managed devices are now associated with new context types (Firewall, Load Balancer, Wireless Controller, and Wireless Access Point). The associated context types, including device types, appear listed in a column within device inventory tables. Each context type includes a unique out-of-the-box context page. 
When you add or edit tabs for a device context page, you can associate them with a context type. Tabs that are associated with a context type appear on the device context pages that are associated with the specified context type. For more information, see Inventory Pages and ViewsContext Pages, and Override Device Types.
When you manage group rules, you can associate them with a context type. For more information, see Manage Group Rules.
The following video examines how 
CA Performance Management
extends the number of available context types:

Customizable Themes
You can now define site-specific themes to change the
Performance Center
user interface coloring and PDF fonts. For more information, see Customize a Theme.
Fault Tolerance
Fault tolerance enables your
CA Performance Management
 environment to continue operating properly when a hardware failure or network issue occurs. In an environment where fault tolerance is configured, a secondary inactive Data Aggregator automatically becomes active. The newly active Data Aggregator takes over to organize and feed data to
Performance Center
and the Data Repository. The newly active Data Aggregator retains all state information from the previously active Data Aggregator. For more information, see Fault Tolerance.
Reporting Enhancements
This release includes the following enhancements to reporting: 
  • New/Improved Reports
    • Improved Top N Report
      • Additional aggregation metrics: Total, Maximum, Minimum, Percentiles, and Divide by Time
      • Support for device or interface alias 
    • New Group Aggregate Trend Report
      Aggregates data for a group of managed items for a specified period time. For example, you can generate a report that includes 
      bits per second in
       for a group of interfaces in the previous month.
    • New Situations to Watch Report
      Predicts the health of your environment by providing information about when a metric value will cross a performance threshold. This report also predicts future values of a metric for early issue detection.
  • New Dashboards
    • Product Usage - Provides a high-level representation of the network that is monitored by CA
      Performance Center
    • Monitoring Status - Provides information including status and number of monitored devices for data aggregators and data collectors. Click a data collector to view a trend chart of new monitored devices over a configurable period of time. 
      For more information, see CA Business Intelligence Reports and Dashboards.
  • User Synchronization between 
    CA Performance Management
    CA Business Intelligence
    CA Performance Management
    integrates with CA Business Intelligence, you create and manage users in CA
    Performance Center
    . The users that you create in CA
    Performance Center
    are replicated in CA Business Intelligence. Replicated users can access reports and dashboards without having to log in to CABI.
    For more information, see Install CA Business Intelligence Reports and Dashboards.
CA Business Intelligence
 Reports from
Performance Center
You can now add 
CA Business Intelligence
 as a data source. You can now launch 
CA Business Intelligence
 reports from the
Performance Center
user interface. You must have the Administrator, Power User, or User product privilege set for the 
CA Business Intelligence
 data source and the 
Drill Into Data Sources
 role right. For more information, see Manage Data SourcesManage Product Access, and CA Business Intelligence Reports and Dashboards.
The following video examines the the ability to launch 
CA Business Intelligence
reports directly from the
Performance Center
UI and the Situations to Watch Report:

Temporarily Connect Upgraded Data Aggregators to Older Data Collectors
You can now temporarily connect existing Data Collectors (version 3.0, 3.1, or 3.2) to an upgraded 3.5 Data Aggregator. This upgrade option can reduce data loss during an upgrade if you have many Data Collectors.
Important! Connecting 3.x versions of Data Collectors to upgraded Data Aggregators is only supported on a temporary basis.
For more information, see Upgrade the Data Aggregator.
Simplified Upgrade for Data Collectors
This release introduces an Upgrade button in
Performance Center
. This button is an extra and easier avenue for upgrading your Data Collectors to 
CA Performance Management
 releases after 3.5 GA. Data caching is better handled. Only two Data Collectors upgrade in parallel. For more information, see Upgrade the Data Collectors.
You cannot use this button to upgrade your Data Collectors to the
CA Performance Management
3.5 GA release. However, you can use this button to upgrade your Data Collectors easily to post-3.5 GA releases after the initial setup.
System Status Page
The System Status page now provides the following health statuses:
  • Data Source Synchronization
    View the overall health status of your data sources. To view details for each data source, click the expand arrow to the right.
  • Data Aggregator
    View the overall heath status of your Data Aggregators. To view details for each Data Aggregator, click the expand arrow to the right.
  • Data Collector
    View the overall health status of your Data Collectors. To view details for each Data Collector, click the expand arrow to the right. The Data Collector List shows the tenant and IP domain to which each Data Collector installation is assigned, and the Data Collector status and version. You can also see the total number of devices and components that each Data Collector installation is polling, and that are assigned to the Data Collector instance, including devices that are not currently polled. The administrator can see a list of Data Collector installations for all tenants. Tenant administrators can see only the Data Collector installations that are assigned to their tenant.
For more information, see View the Health of the System.
The following video examines the simplified Data Collector upgrade capabilities and the updated system status page:

Enhanced MySQL Security
As a step toward enhanced security, the MySQL utilities require a MySQL password. If you are running the utilities as the root user, the password has a default.  We strongly recommend you change this password with the 
 utility. However, before you upgrade Performance Center, you must temporarily set the password back to the default. After the upgrade, set the password back to the custom password.
Enhanced Security for SNMPv3
To query devices using SNMPv3 with authentication and privacy, 
CA Performance Management
 can now be configured so that the SNMPv3 messages are encrypted using AES-256 with 3DES Key Extension. For more information, see SNMP Profiles.
Enhanced Sizing Calculations
The sizing calculations of the
CA Performance Management
 Sizing Tool were reevaluated and updated for increased accuracy. For more information, see the capm Sizing Tool.
Limit Single Sign-On Redirection
Single Sign-On out of the box supports authentication for any host. However, you can now limit which hosts Single Sign-On redirects to. For more information, see Limit Single Sign-On Redirection.
OpenAPI Enhancements
The following enhancements apply to the OpenAPI:
  • You can now use the
    select: AlternateName
    token in the OpenAPI QueryBuilder to query on the alias of a managed item.
    After you add an alias to a managed item in
    Performance Center
    , it is available for OpenAPI queries with some delay due to ETL job scheduling.
  • OpenAPI custom functions (
    ) are now available to get a list of Data Collectors or Data Aggregators. For more information, see Advanced OpenAPI Query Examples.
Single Sign-On Audit Log
Single Sign-On logs now contain 1 line per login. User logins through SAML2 initially or during re-authentication are also logged now.
The following details are written to the log per login request:
  • Time and date stamp when the user logged in
  • Product code (for example, pc for
    Performance Center
  • Username
  • Whether the Remember Me option was selected
  • Single Sign-On version
  • The remote host IP address
For more information, see SSO Audit Log.
View Enhancements
The release introduces the following enhancements to views:
  • Enhanced sorting for table views
    You can now sort the entire data set from the data source or the already retrieved and rendered result set. For more information, see Table Views.
  • Enhanced sorting for group scorecard table views with the Metric Calculate Level set to by Hierarchy
    You can now sort the top level of the hierarchy and the results within the hierarchy. For more information, see Group Scorecard Table Views.
  • Compress non business hours
    You can now compress non business hours in trend views and On-Demand reports. If you compress non business hours, the shaded regions are compressed into a single region equal to the resolution period. For more information, see Trend Views.
Platform Updates
This release upgrades MySQL to release 5.7.18.
Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
This release upgrades Oracle JRE to 1.8.0_144
Oracle Java Development Kit (JDK)
This release includes Oracle JDK 1.8.0_144.
Supported OS
This release introduces support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4.