IBM Operations Analytics V1.3.5 brings worldwide global visibility and more analytic value for proactive operations

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-034
October 4, 2016

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IBM® Operations Analytics V1.3.5 extends its feature set and brings enhancements to its suite of offerings:

  • IBM Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed V1.3.5 enhancements include improved anomaly analysis.
  • IBM Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed V1.3.5 offers a new feature called Aggregated Search for greater global insight into your organization's data.
  • IBM Operations Analytics Advanced Insights V1.3.5 brings all extended features and enhancements into a single, robust analytics offering.


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Overview
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Operations Analytics is a suite of offerings tailored to provide advanced cognitive capabilities to the IT operations market.

Operations Analytics V1.3.5 extends its feature set, offering additional analytics geared for proactive operations and enabling worldwide operations teams to gain greater visibility and improved focus on what is most important in their organizations.

Included in the suite are three offerings.

Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed

This cognitive offering provides two significant values for operations:

  • Its Performance Manager of Managers capability is achieved through cognitive machine learning by automatically, dynamically, and continuously managing thresholds for all your IT operational performance data.
  • Significant reductions in mean-time-to-repair are achieved by early problem detection and advanced cognitive capabilities that deliver insights to IT staff investigating the detected anomalies.

Enhancements for improved anomaly analysis

IBM Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed V1.3.5 boosts its analytics capabilities to detect more types of anomalies in performance data. Further enhancements have been made to analytics that assess seasonality, thereby providing more insight into important, higher-priority anomalies. Additionally, faster time to value is achieved by providing users with earlier feedback on cognitive insights gained. These enhancements further strengthen the capability of Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed to enable proactive operations.

Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed

As with Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed, Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed also focuses on reducing mean-time-to-repair for operations and the provision of long-term IT operational data storage for historic visibility.

  • Rapid search is achieved across terabytes of structured and unstructured operational data.
  • Insights, through text analytics accompanied by domain specific visualizations and expert advice, are also provided.
  • Operational data can be stored and retrieved for historical analysis using the optional integration with supported Hadoop distributions.

Extended with Aggregated Search for greater visibility

Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed V1.3.5 enables aggregations on ingested IT operational data. In this way, worldwide operations can decide which operational data to aggregate globally. This function builds on the existing capability of Operations Analytics Log Analysis to provide historic visibility, empowering your organization with the breadth of visibility required for its global operations. For example, using log data, operations can aggregate counts of key service quality indicators at each data center and then gain global visibility on the service quality worldwide.

Operations Analytics Advanced Insights

This offering provides the most complete IBM Operations Analytics solution in one product, combining all the capabilities of IBM Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed, IBM Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed, and IBM Operations Analytics - Log Analysis Service Desk Extension 1.1.

Operations Analytics Advanced Insights V1.3.5 includes all the capabilities described above.

These additional capabilities come with no additional licensing costs.



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Key prerequisites
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For information about key prerequisites for Operations Analytics, refer to the Hardware requirements section



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Planned availability date
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October 14, 2016: Electronic download



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Program number VRM Program name
5725-K26 1.3.5 IBM Operations Analytics Advanced Insights
5725-K26 1.3.5 IBM Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed
5725-K26 1.3.5 IBM Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with these programs.

IBM Operations Analytics documentation is published in IBM Knowledge Center.

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats.

IT Operations Analytics Developer Community

Additional information, resources, insight packs, and documentation, visit the IT Operations Analytics Developer Community website.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, go to the IBM Software Services website.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

The hardware requirements vary according to the volume of data ingested or managed by the program.

Minimum requirements:

IBM Operation Analytics Predictive Insights Managed

  • 4x CPU cores
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 160 GB disk

IBM Operation Analytics Log Analysis Managed

  • 4x 2.8 GHz core processors
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 60 GB of hard disk space

The hardware requirements change depending on the amount of data that you stream. To identify the correct hardware requirements for your use case, consult:

Software requirements

Refer to the Hardware requirements section.

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

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You can also access the IBM Support Portal page and the online Service requests and PMRs tool for more support.

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet. There is no physical media

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Operations Analytics products use the security and auditability features of the host software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

More information can be found on the IBM Software Value Plus website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product group: Availability and Performance products

Product: 5725-K26

Product category: Operations Analytics


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For ordering information, refer to Software Announcement 216-168, dated April 19, 2016.

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Operations Analytics Advanced Insights 5725-K26 Managed Virtual Server
    Managed Virtual Network Device
IBM Operations Predictive Insights Managed 5725-K26 Managed Virtual Server
    Managed Virtual Network Device
IBM Operations Log Analysis Managed 5725-K26 Managed Virtual Server
    Managed Virtual Network Device

Managed Virtual Server

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Managed Virtual Network Device

Managed Virtual Network Device is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A Virtual Network Device is a physical or virtual component that facilitates communication between devices on a network. Licensee must obtain Managed Virtual Network Device entitlements for each Virtual Network Device managed by the Program.

The suite of offerings provided in Operations Analytics V1.3.4 is licensed both as Managed Virtual Server and Managed Virtual Network Device.

In the context of IBM Operation Analytics offerings, Managed Virtual Servers and/or Managed Virtual Network Devices are sources of IT Operational data, typically infrastructure or application nodes that have logging or other data instrumentation enabled.

This can include, but is not limited to, Application/Web/Operation System/Database Servers, Network Switches/Gateways/Routers, and other IT nodes generating IT Operational Data.

IT Operational Data presents as log files, performance metrics, Events, Trouble tickets and other unstructured text files.

If consolidation points are used in the IT Network to consolidate IT Operational Data, it is the originating IT server or device that generated the IT Operational data that are counted as the Managed Virtual Server and/or Managed Virtual Network Device and not the consolidation point itself.



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License Information number

License number Description
L-NHON-A7HN2R IBM Operations Analytics Advanced Insights
L-NHON-A8LKCX IBM Operations Analytics Predictive Insights Managed
L-NHON-A8LKRY IBM Operations Analytics Log Analysis Managed

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System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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