More about Centreon BI 1.4

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Few weeks ago, we announced the release of Centreon BI 1.4.0. In this article, learn more about the new functionnalities of this version :
– The software compatibility
– The new report publication protocols
– The dynamic image replacement in reports
– the logs and report generation tasks tracking
– The performance improvements
– The reports internationalization
– And of course, the new reports

Enjoy !Software compatibility

Centreon BI
>= 2.0
>= 2.3
Eclipse BIRT
Sun Java runtime environment
>= 1.5
>= 1.5

Report publication protocols

The reporting engine (CBIS) allows to publish the reports on different platforms at the same time. 4 protocols are available in addition to the local copy on the reporting server :

  • CIFS: Windows shared folders ;
  • FTP ;
  • SFTP : Secure copy of files on Linux/Unix servers ;
  • SMTP : send reports by e-mail.

Modify a publication rule

Form used to define publication rule

régles de publication des rapports

List of defined publication rules

Dynamic replacement of images in reports

Centreon is frequently used as a shared platform to monitor the IT infrastructure of different companies or different branches of the same company. Centreon BI must be able to provide reports customized to each branch, client or business. This also concerns the customization of images and logo.
In the Centreon BI interface, you can declare images that will be used to replace existing images in the reports during their generation.

images déclarés dans Centreon BI

Page that lists logos added in Centreon BI
These logos can be used in the « Report Parameters » part when creating or modifying a job :
formulaire de paramétrage des taches de génération des rapports

Job report parameter form

Improved performances

Now on , multiple jobs can be scheduled and used simultaneously. The number of parallel jobs is automatically calculated by the engine regarding to the weight of the report template to execute and the job weight multiplicative.

Exécution parallélisées des taches de génération des rapports

Parallelized jobs execution

Logs and scheduled job execution monitoring

The report is published with its log file. In case of failure during the execution, this file contains all generation information to identify the problem.
It is now possible to configure an email notification that sends the log file when the job is finished. This notification has to be defined in the General Option, in the «Notification Options» tab. It is separated from the report publication rules and mainly designed for administrator.

Formulation de configuration de la notification des admin

Administrator notification configuration form

Report Internationalisation

Report can be translated in different languages using « .properties » files. These files are stored in the « report/translation » folder, in the centreon BI installation directory, on the reporting server.

The « .properties » files have to be named as follow : « »

  • filename : name identifying the file (ex : report name)
  • locale: locale used for the translation (Ex: fr_FR, de_DE, en_US, en_EN, …)
  • properties: file extension

A file named « » has to be defined and will be used as the default english translation file. You do not have to create a file , the will be used for the english version.

Each line of a«.properties» file is defined with a key associated to a value. :
– key : ID used in BIRT report to defined the text zone to translate
– value : texte to insert in the text zone

The «.properties » files have to be uploaded on the reporting server. The new locales are detected in the job configuration interface. You have to click on the double arrow icon to refresh the list (see image below).
Formulation de configuration de la notification des admin

Update locale available for a report template in the job configuration interface

The new reports

The content of new report template :
– Evolution of performance indicators
– Maintenability and Reliability of equipments, acknowledgement delay of incidents
– Capacity management

Below, you will find short description of some of the 9 new reports added in Centreon BI 1.4.0.

Capacity management report :
The goal of capacity management is to anticipate saturation of system resouces ( mainly storage capacity) by measuring usage level and determining delay before saturation.
The graph below is used to see the evolution of a performance indicator and to visualize its evolution in the future (forecast) days / weeks / month using linear regression.

This graphs is generated by capacity performance metrics of a host group given in parameter.

Exemple de rapport de capacity planning

Capacity planning report

Maintenability and reliability report :
This report give information on 3 important indicators in incidents management:

  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) : corresponds to the average time between two incidents. A low average means that the equipment is not reliable.
  • MTTR ( Mean Time To Repair) : corresponds to the time to repair incidents on a host or host group. A high MTTR average means that in case of incident , the maintenance of the equipments is expensive.
  • Acknowledgement delay : Acknowledgement means that the problem is beeing resolved and notification mecanism has been stopped for this alarm. For the reporting, this delay is important to measure teams reactivity.

Délai de résolution et d'acquittement des pannes

Resolution delay and acknowledgement delay
Top 10 des équipements les moins fiables et les plus lourds à maintenir

Top 10 of less reliable resources
Performance report

With Centreon BI , data are aggregated on defined time period. The graph below allows you to compare on different period the evolution on the 24 hours of a day of a chosen indicator. With this view, you can easily determine the critical hours of a typical day.

In parameter of this report, you can choose the host group , services categories and metrics.
Evolution des métriques de performance

Evolution of performance metrics

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