BMC TrueSight Operations Management Review

BMC BPPM Architecture Size Scale and Capacity Introduction

BMC BPPM Architecture v9.5 – Lean, Mean, Analytics-Crunching Machine

BMC released the latest update to its ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM) suite in January of this year. The BPPM 9.5 Sizing and Scalability upgrade represents a tremendous increase in capacity without associated new hardware cost.

If you’re introducing BPPM for the first time, you will, of course, have to buy hardware, but if you’re upgrading from a prior version to 9.5, you can receive 9.5’s many benefits and enhancements without paying for any new hardware. In fact, you may actually be able to reduce your hardware footprint. You’ll be able to gain the new abilities and new capacity now by deploying 9.5.

Check out for our “Size, Scale and Hardware” presentation, where we will show you some enterprise examples of exactly how this release can dramatically reduce your hardware footprint, saving you thousands of dollars in system costs, and hundreds of man hours in administrative costs.

See how 9.5 compares to versions 8.6 and 9.0 with regards to sizing and capacity.

This new release makes it a great time to upgrade or add BPPM to your enterprise monitoring software options. The new features in 9.5 make it more useful than ever, and the capacity increases are incredible.

To demonstrate the vast improvements in size and scale in BPPM 9.5, here’s an apples-to-apples comparison of the last three versions of BPPM. Specifically, we’re looking at the benchmarks associated with a Large Hybrid BPPM infrastructure: Data, Event, and Service Impacts. These are the maximum benchmark counts, based on the current best practices deployment approach. As you can see, these numbers are huge.

  • 1,700,000 Total Attributes/Parameters. Attribute/parameters are monitored items, such as the CPU % Utilization rate. This is more than triple 8.6 which had a maximum of 500,000, and demonstrates a 1:1 capability with the BPPM Integration Service Server in 9.5. BPPM 9.0 had a maximum 1,200,000 attributes. That means 9.5 allows 500,000 more attributes than 9.0 did.
  • 250,000 instances per server, which includes your database instances, log files, processes, and service, which is an increase from the 65,000 on 8.6, and almost four times the number of instances. It doubles the number of instances allowed on 9.0 of between 120,000 and 150,000 instances.
  • 20,000 enterprise devices, which are your systems and network components across your enterprise. This is double the 10,000 capability of 8.6, and equal to the 20K allowed on 9.0. This maximum supports the demands of most large enterprises.
  • Up to 100 simultaneous end users, increased from 30 on 8.6 and 50 on 9.0. The number of supported users has doubled between 9.0 and 9.5.
  • 40,000 intelligent events per day, up from the 2,000 per day on 8.6. This increase is off the charts.
  • 350,000 external events, compared to 200,000 on both 8.6 and 9.0.

The most impressive part of the capacity and capability increases from 8.6 to 9.5 is that they come with no increased hardware requirements, as you might expect. This is virtually unheard of in the tech industry, in which new capabilities and capacities almost always require increased hardware capacity to go with it.

Think about one of the old household devices you have sitting around – perhaps an old iPhone or a computer that’s a few years old. Chances are, you’ve run across a piece of software or an app you’ve tried to install, only to find that your old hardware isn’t capable of running the new enhanced software. If you want to run the app, you’ll have to get a new iPhone. BMC, on the other hand, has managed to create a new version that works with your old hardware, so your enterprise won’t have to foot the bill for hardware upgrades just to run this software.

Let’s take a more specific look at the hardware needs for the BPPM versions. All require 64-bit architecture. Additionally, the requirements across all three versions are pretty similar, hence not needing to upgrade hardware:

  • Windows 2008 R2
  • Intel Core i7
  • 2×4 Core, or 8 core total
  • 3.067 GHz on 8.6 and 9.0; 2.2 GHz on 9.6. That’s right – it actually went down on 9.6 despite the capacity increases.
  • A recommended 32 GB of memory for Data, Event, and Service Impacts.

If you have a deployment of 8.6 or 9.0 and are running close to the maximum number of monitored instances, now would be a good time to start designing your migration path to a 9.5 architecture. In summary, this upgrade can gain you tremendous technical capacity and capability, without incurring the cost of new hardware.

If you would like to see more BPPM 9.5 Content for other new BPPM 9.5 features, hands on presentations, and a series on "Understanding BPPM Analytics", be sure to checkout the blog I write for here.

I hope you find this information useful!  If it is well received I'll be sure to have follow up posts.

Have a  GREAT day!

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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