New Version of Centreon BI : 1.5.0

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The Centreon R&D team is proud to announce a new version of Centreon BI.

This version comes with some new features that will enhance the report generation performances thanks to an integrated ETL. New reports will also be available to help you visualize the global availability of your equipments but also their performance and storage capacity. Furthermore, we also added new BIRT component libraries (tables, charts, data sets) in order to help you create your own reports. This article describes the main new functionnalities of Centreon BI 1.5.0.

Software compatibilities

Softwares
Versions
Centreon BI
1.3.9
1.4.0
1.5.0
Centreon
>= 2.0
>= 2.3
>= 2.3
Eclipse BIRT
2.6.1
2.6.2
2.6.2
Sun Java runtime environment
>= 1.5
>= 1.5
>= 1.5

ETL

An ETL was integrated in Centreon BI. It stores and aggregates raw data issued from Centreon in a relationnal denormalized database optimized for reporting reading queries.
This new architecture brings many advantages :

  • The reporting platform becomes independent and doesn’t additionally load the monitoring platform ;
  • The development time of new reports is reduced thanks to the new reporting data model. This also improves the load and time of report generation ;
  • MySQL is not needed anymore in order to synchronize the monitoring data on the reporting server.

The ETL management and the aggregation rules can be defined via the Centreon BI interface.

 

New Reports

The new reports in the 1.5 version of Centreon BI was designed for the following domains :

  • The availability management
  • The capacity management
  • The performance management

Each report provides several axes (dimensions) of analysis based on Centreon configuration :

  • Host groups: sort the equipments declared in the configuration by functional groups (application, clients, entities, …) or geographical groups ;
  • Host categories: identify the type of equipment (servers, network equipments, …), the vendor and the operating system and/or its version ;
  • Service categories: classify services based on their type (CPU load, memory, capacity, …) or their severity(minor, major, blocking).
  • Live services: time ranges in the different days of the week (correponds to the timeperiods defined in Centreon).

The content of each report was designed to provide a «top >> down» view. The first pages present an overview synthesized by functional groups, technical groups and indicator types. The following pages offer more details for each functional group with a focus on the most critical indicators and equipments.

Here are a few examples on the availability report :

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The capacity management addresses both the storage management and the rationalization of resources. Thanks to the Centreon BI reports, you can identify the underused, overloaded or stable equipments. This reporting is made by identifying one category of indicators (CPU, memory, number of users connected to an application, …) and underuse/overload thresholds defined by the user when planning the report generation.

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The performanceon incidents management is identified by two indicators :

  • MTRS : Mean Time to Repair Service
  • MTBF : Mean Time Between Failure

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More examples are available on Centreon website.

Report Development libraries

Every visible components (tables, charts, …) in the report templates described previously are stored in BIRT libraries in order to be reused in new reports. If you want to go further in the use of Centreon BI and to create your own report with the open-source reporting tool BIRT, these components will help you greatly. Each component is configurable, which allows to extend its use to many cases. Therefore you will be capable of creating your own dashboards in a few clicks.

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