This week’s release includes improvements to the Movere Console, support for Microsoft SQL Server on Linux, and the ability to identify and put devices on Dedicated Host.
Movere Console Update
New look, same great features, now all in one place – the new Movere Console!
Our brand-new console joins our web app in adopting the new Movere colors and logo that users have grown accustomed to over the past month. Navigation has not changed, which means that all the features and options are in the same, familiar places.
SQL on Linux
Movere has added support for Microsoft’s latest release, SQL Server 2017 on Linux. This update brings feature parity across all SQL Server versions (2000 onwards) and platforms (Windows, Linux) making Movere the most comprehensive discovery platform for SQL Server.
With this release, users can now:
- Map features
- Understand usage and application dependencies on-premises or in the cloud
- Migrate to, or from, SQL regardless of which version is being run
How easy is it to incorporate SQL on Linux? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:
- Choose Linux devices in the Movere Console
- Add Credentials
- Start scanning
Movere collects more than version and edition, including:
- HA features like Always-On and Clustering (including hybrid Windows-Linux clusters!)
- SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
- Usage and activity
- Application dependency mapping at the database level (ARC)
- Sizing (Storage, CPU) at the database level, including SQL logs (ARC)
AWS Dedicated Host Support
Amazon EC2 offers Dedicated Hosts which allows users to leverage their own licensed software on dedicated infrastructure, even without Software Assurance. By using Movere’s powerful device tagging, users can quickly identify devices they want to put on Dedicated Hosts and create accurate pricing reports.
To identify devices to attach to Dedicated Hosts, follow these simple steps once you are on the IO/Device Tagging page:
- If the Dedicated Host column is not visible, click on “Show/Hide”
- Turn on the Dedicated Host column
- Double-click inside the Dedicated Host column for any device you want to tag and check the box
Movere will then remove those devices from the standard AWS EC2 Pricing report and create a report specific to Dedicated Host Pricing.
To access this new report:
- Navigate to Summary
- Then select Cloud Readiness
- Choose AWS
- Choose EC2 DH Pricing
The new view in the dashboard applies Amazon’s rules for optimizing the layout of devices across Dedicated Hosts to ensure the most cost-effective and efficient configuration.
Movere doesn’t stop there. Movere also presents the percentage density on each dedicated host so users can quickly identify further opportunities for optimization.
For example, a c5.large dedicated host can handle 36 c5.large devices. If a user identified 85 devices to move to a Dedicated Host, Movere will show users exactly how many Dedicated Hosts are required for optimal performance. In this instance, Movere would suggest 3 dedicated hosts, averaging 79% host capacity.
Refer to the Power User Tip below to learn how Environment tags can control which machines are allowed to land on the same Dedicated Host.
Power User Tip
Using the Environments and Tags features, users can control how to consolidate devices across Dedicated Hosts.
To do so:
- Ensure the Environment, Tag and Size columns are visible in the report
- Use Environments (i.e. QA = 24x5, Dev = 8x5, …) to include the actual number of hours each device is online when calculating the number of Dedicated Hosts.
- Use Tags (i.e. Application1, DepartmentX, ...) to place only those devices designated with the same Tag on the same Dedicated Host
Keep in mind that when processing the optimal configuration report for Dedicated Hosts, Movere looks at Environment first, Tag second, and Size last.
Other features in this release include:
- Support for RDS 2016
- Improved analysis for RDS (Terminal) Server users. We normalize and de-duplicate users, and determine the correct version of RDS from the time a user actually logged on!
- Support for collecting virtual machines (VMs) guest details from Windows Server 2016
- ARC throttling for Citrix XenApp servers
- Logs have moved: instead of cluttering the top-level Console directory, users will now find all the log files in a separate directory, called “Logs.”
- Additional security updates, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.