New Features for Densify
This topic summarizes both new and updated features introduced in Densify version 12.0.1.
A new Cloud Cost Intelligence module is available. This new module allows you to review your billing data in a full-featured reporting structure. You can group the data and then create custom filters to best suit your financial reporting requirements. You can then customize these reports or create new ones based on the collected billing data. See
This feature must be licensed separately and includes access to billing data collection. You must configure and initiate billing data collection in order to populate the reports. Refer to
This new module, designed specifically for users focused on analyzing billing information, replaces a number of features in the main Densify Console, including pages located under the Billing Analysis Menu and a number of reports previously accessed on the Public Cloud > Amazon Web Service > Reserved Instances tab.
A number of changes have been made to user management in this release.
- A new Billing_Analyst group has been added to support the new Cloud Cost Intelligence module. You can add users to this group using the User Management dialog box in the Densify Console. Densify users must be a member of this group to access the Cloud Cost Intelligence module. Users must also be added to either SaaS_User or SaaS_User_Admin and will have the feature access granted by that role.
- The User Management dialog box has been updated to include the new Billing_Analyst group. Additionally, when modifying existing user accounts, you can now see all of the groups to which the user belongs. The four most commonly used groups are indicated with check boxes and any additional group memberships are indicated in the new Other Groups field. See
Managing Densify User Accountsfor details on managing users through the Densify Console.
With the introduction of the new Cloud Cost Intelligence Module, we are simplifying the Densify Console to focus on the needs of Cloud Engineers, Container Platform Owners, and other IT professionals primarily interested in the results of Densify's machine learning analytics that focus on optimizing instance size and family based on cloud resource utilization, performance and risk mitigation.
This simplification includes removing the Billing Analysis content, purchasing strategy recommendations and Reserved Instance (RI) recommendations from the Densify Console. These capabilities are being migrated to the new Cloud Cost Intelligence Module or being included in Densify's RI Optimization as a Service offering.
Contact your Cloud Advisor or email@example.com for details on the RI analytics service.
The purchasing strategy optimization and RI discount cost calculations have been removed from the following Densify Console areas:
- Optimization Strategy Setting—The setting to select the optimization strategy has been removed from the global toolbar. Optimizing instance type is the only strategy applied to your cloud instances.
- Reserved purchasing strategy recommendations and RI discount cost calculations have been removed from the Public Cloud > Optimization Overview report.
- Reserved purchasing strategy recommendations and RI discount cost calculations have been removed from the AWS EC2 and RDS optimization opportunity reports.
- Reserved purchasing strategy recommendations and RI discount cost calculations have been removed from the AWS EC2 and RDS Instance Optimization Details reports.
- The Optimize Instance Type and Optimize Purchasing Strategy criteria has been removed from the AWS EC2 and RDS instance approval workflow.
- Reserved purchasing strategy recommendations and RI discount cost calculations have been removed from the AWS EC2 and RDS Impact Analysis and Recommendation Reports.
The Reserved Instances tab has been re-purposed to display your Reserved Instance (RI) inventory discovered through data collection. RI optimization opportunities are available from Densify's RI analytics service for finance-focused users. Contact your Cloud Advisor or firstname.lastname@example.org for details on Reserved Instance Optimization as a service. Refer to
The Densify Connector installer has been updated as follows:
- Addressed a security issue related to how the installer is signed on Windows platforms.
- Minor bug fixes and performance enhancements. See
The Densify API has been updated to reflect the resource optimization-focused initiative. Specifically, purchasing strategy recommendations are removed affecting the following elements:
- useRI and reservedInstanceCoverage resource elements are deprecated;
- selfoptimizingAutomation element is replaced with implementationMethod;
- cost element is replaced with currentCost;
- cloudInstanceType element is replaced with serviceType.
The above changes affect both the JSON and terraform-map output for AWS, Azure, and GCP recommendations. Refer to
In this release, the Densify Console has been redesigned to improve usability and to increase the screen area for improved viewing of dashboards and reports. The user interface enhancements include:
- The Densify menu (formerly called trays) has been moved from the left panel to the top of the screen. See
Navigating Densifyfor details on the new layout and changes to navigation. Removing the side trays provides more viewable screen area for viewing dashboards and reports.
- The content of the new menus has been updated to better align with user-workflows. See
- Public Cloud menu—Contains the new version of the Cloud Insight dashboard, as well as the cloud provider-specific dashboards previously located in the flyout menu. The cloud connection wizard is also located in this menu.
- Private Cloud menu—Contains all the reports and dashboards for viewing your virtual environments. Access to the Control Console and the Densify Connector are in this menu.
- Containers menu—Remains the same. Select this option to review your container dashboards.
- Billing Analysis menu—Remains the same. The feature must be licensed separately. This menu is not displayed if you have not licensed the feature or if you have not collected billing data.
- Demand Planning menu—Has been renamed from Supply and Demand planning and contains the same features.
- Automation menu—Remains the same, but the Automation Insight dashoard has been moved to this menu.
- My Reports menu—Remains the same but Configure My Reports has been moved to this menu. This menu is not displayed if you do not have any custom reports or if you are not a member of the Report Designer user group.
- The default landing page is now the Optimization Overview. The previous landing page, Executive Summary has been split into its 4 tabs that have been relocated as follows:
- By the Numbers is now located under the Private Cloud menu.
- The Cloud Insight report has been renamed to Optimization Overview and is now located under the Public Cloud menu. The optimization strategy tiles, previously located on the right side of the Cloud Insight pane have been removed.
Viewing the Optimization Overview Reportfor details.
- Virtual Insight has also been renamed to Optimization Overview and is now located under the Private Cloud menu. See
Viewing the Optimization Overview Report (Virtual)for details.
- Automation Insight has been moved to the Automation menu. See
Understanding the Automation Insight Report.
- The Virtual Optimization tray has been renamed to Virtual Environments and moved to the Private Cloud menu. This dashboard contains the same tabs as before,
Risk, Opportunityand Advisor Insight. The Optimization Policestab has been added.
- Optimization policies on which recommendations are based are now located in both the Private Cloud and Public Cloud dashboards. See
Cloud Optimization Policiesfor details.
- The toolbar icons have been updated. See
Navigating Densifyfor toolbar descriptions.
- Advisor insight notification and links are now available from the main toolbar. See
Viewing Advisor Insightfor details.
- In both Public and Private cloud dashboards, extra space has been removed and workload chart sizes have been optimized to increase viewable screen area.
- Advanced Controls has been removed and the 3 items, previously contained there, have been relocated as follows:
- The Control Policies dashboard, is now a tab that is located in the Private Cloud menu > Virtual Enviornments dashboard. See
Virtual Optimization Policiesfor details.
- Access to the Control Console has also been moved to the Private Cloud menu.
- Configure My Reports has also been moved to the My Reports menu.
Amazon Auto Scaling group recommendations have been improved by analyzing instance member profiles and workload for the group. The following enhancements have been made to the Auto Scaling Groups dashboard:
- Effort Details Tab—A new tab in the lower pane provides a list of factors that contribute to the effort required to investigate and implement the Densify ASG recommendations.
- Life Cycle—A new column indicating the ASG instance member purchasing option.
Densify may recommend deferring AWS EC2 and RDS optimized instance type changes depending on the availability of existing reserved instances. It may not be cost-effective to move an instance with reserved instance (RI) coverage to a new optimized instance type without RI coverage. By deferring the move until the RI coverage ends, you will still benefit from the existing RI discount.
No deferral is recommended for AWS instances with upsize recommendations intended to mitigate risk, even if RI coverage exists. This is the default behavior intended as a safety precaution, but this behaviour is configurable. No deferral is recommended for AWS instances without RI coverage so you can benefit from the cost savings or the performance improvements immediately.
In this release, the following changes have been made to support the RI-aware feature:
- The EC2 and RDS dashboards now include two new columns: "Defer Recommendation Until Current RI Coverage Expires" and "Current RI Expiry Date". See
Defer Recommendation Until Current RI Coverage Expires and Current RI Expiry Date.
- The Instance Optimization Details report for AWS EC2 and RDS also includes two new columns: "Defer Recommendation Until Current RI Coverage Expires" and "Current RI Expiry Date". See
Defer Recommendation Until Current RI Coverage Expires and Current RI Expiry Datefor details.
- The Recommendation Filter has been updated to include a "Deferred Recommendations" filter to support this feature. See
- The Impact Analysis and Recommendation Report has also been updated to include RI-aware details in the Summary section. See
Viewing the Impact Analysis and Recommendation Reportfor details.
- The API response for instance recommendations includes “deferRecommendation” = yes|no to indicate whether recommendation should be deferred due to existing RI coverage. See the deferRecommendation element in
Analysis: AWS Recommendationsfor details.
- Four new configuration settings control the defer recommendation behaviour. Default values for the AWS Defer Recommendation settings allow you to immediately benefit from being RI-aware for AWS EC2 and RDS recommendations.
Contact your Cloud Advisor or email@example.com to review your AWS Defer Recommendation settings.
Note: This feature does not recommend instance types based on surplus RIs.
The following software is now supported:
- Windows Server 2019 is now certified as a supported platform for installing Densify version 12.0.1.
- Microsoft.SQL server 2017 is now certified as a supported platform for installing Densify version 12.0.1.
- OpenJDK replaces Oracle Java in this release.
- Third-Party Software Updates—Several updates have been made to the third-party software that is included with Densify. See Third Party Software.
There are several changes to certified and supported platforms from which Densify collects data in version 12.0.1. Refer to the
Contact your Cloud Advisor or firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of Software Requirements.
The following software is now supported:
- HMC v9.0R1 is now certified for data collection through the DensifyMid-range Connector.
- vRealize Operations versions 6.7, 7.0, and 7.5.
Refer to the
The online help and product documentation are now available from the Densify public website: (www.densify.com/docs). You can still access the online help from your Densify Console or from the Analysis Console. See
The following changes have been made to the connector in this release:
- The Densify Connector has been updated to version 2.2.1. This version has been updated to better support real-time automation.
- Densify Connector can now be downloaded directly from within Densify through the Private Cloud menu. See
Data Collection for VMware Using the Connectorfor details. The connector is no longer available from the online help nor from the Customer Portal.
Note: The Densify Connector v2.2.1 is not backwards compatible with Densifyv10.3. It is highly recommended that you upgrade your connector to v2.2.1.
Contact your Cloud Advisor or email@example.com for additional information.
The Densify Postman collection, showcasing public cloud API requests, has been updated with links to the public online API reference. Refer to
The Software License Control System package has been updated to treat RHEL instances, as Linux systems. When the policy setting Control for VMware - Software License Control > Placement Compatibility - Software Licence Control > VM Licence Groups is set to "Use OS Type Wndows & Linux", then both RHEL and Linux will be auto-tagged as Linux when performing SLC analyses. Contact your Cloud Advisor or firstname.lastname@example.org for details on modifying your policy settings.
In this release, settings from the following configuration files cannot be modified in the Analysis Console:
To make any configuration changes from these files, you must edit the specific file manually and restart all Densify services.