Install Aternity on-premise 11

Perform the server install of a fresh Aternity on-premise deployment where each component has its own dedicated computer in larger deployments, or you can combine several components on the same computer for smaller deployments. The components of the Aternity on-premise solution are:

Order for installing Aternity on-premise components
Field Description
Aternity Oracle Database Server

The Aternity Oracle Database Server is an Oracle database which hosts the Aternity system settings, data model and performance data.

Aternity Vertica Database Server

The Aternity Vertica Database Server stores the performance data from the past 31 days in the Vertica format, which is most efficient for displaying in Aternity dashboards.

Aternity Dashboard Server

The Dashboard Server displays Aternity's intuitive dashboards using Tableau as its engine.

Aternity Dashboard Gateway Server

The Dashboard Gateway acts as the interface between the Dashboard Server and the Aternity Management Server, performing background tasks like preprocessing the data for display in the dashboards, and maintaining logs, audits and cleanup. It must be on the same computer as the Dashboard Server. While it has no user interface of its own, it is crucial to the proper functioning of Aternity.

Aternity Management Server

The Aternity Management Server acts as Aternity's central server, which manages and integrates all the components. When users access Aternity to view the dashboards or configure it, they access this server via a browser.

Aternity Data Warehouse Server

The Data Warehouse Server stores the raw data gathered from the Aggregation Servers, and aggregates (summarizes) it for the Oracle Database Server and the Aternity Vertica Database Server. It constantly aggregates and re-summarizes data in the main database in the background, replacing older, more detailed data with summary data as it ages. Therefore older data typically has limited drill-down capabilities.

Aternity Aggregation Server

An Aggregation Server gathers (aggregates) the data directly from Agent for End User Devicess on monitored devices, and passes it on to the Management Server.

Docker Components

The Aternity Docker Components Server is one of the Aternity on-premise components that hosts all other Aternity docker containers which add functionality to Aternity. Most components are mandatory, but you can choose to add or omit some of those Docker containers from your deployment. Learn more.

Agent for End User Devices

The Agent for End User Devices monitors end user experience by measuring device and application performance. It is a small background utility which runs on each monitored device, and reports its data to the Aternity Aggregation Server.

You must install the Aternity components in the prescribed order in this procedure.

Tip

See the new features of Aternity.

If you have an existing Aternity deployment, follow the instructions to update from your legacy Aternity. Learn more.

Procedure

  1. Step 1 Plan the strategy of your new Aternity on-premise installation:
    Considerations when planning your installation of Aternity on-premise
    • Decide on the size of your deployment, based on the number of devices to monitor. This directly determines the number of servers you need, and their hardware specifications.

      Important

      If your sizing requires that you deploy more than one dedicated Aternity Aggregation Server, you must deploy a third party load balancer (LB). Then configure the Agent for End User Devices of all devices to point to the LB's virtual IP address (learn more). Configure the LB with persistent (sticky) sessions to ensure the Agent maintains its connection with the same server. Aternity also supports sticky sessions also when the LB implements stickiness via cookies.

  2. Step 2 Download the latest Aternity on-premise's main setup package from the Riverbed support site by selecting Software (size) (learn more).

    The setup package is for all Aternity servers.

    Download Aternity on-premise from the website

    There are also entries in the Useful Links section which are required for database setup.

  3. Step 3 Install the Aternity Oracle Database Server on a dedicated computer:

    For Aternity 11.0.0 and 11.0.1, use Oracle 12.2.0.1 or 12.1.0.2.

    Use the express database setup for a fast, easy, small installation
  4. Step 4 Run the Aternity Database Verification Utility for a fresh installation to ensure the database's internal structure and naming is fully compliant with Aternity's requirements.
    Use the Aternity Database Verification Utility to ensure the database is ready for Aternity 10.x
  5. Step 5 Install a single Aternity Vertica Database Server or a cluster of Vertica Database Servers.

    The Aternity Vertica Database Server stores the performance data from the past 31 days in the Vertica format, which is most efficient for displaying in Aternity dashboards. It receives its data from the Aternity Docker Components Server.

    The number of Vertica Database Servers depends on the sizing of your deployment and your level of high availability and redundancy.

    Learn more about installing a single Vertica Database Server or a cluster of servers.

  6. Step 6 On a separate computer, install the Aternity Dashboard Server.

    The Dashboard Server displays Aternity's intuitive dashboards using Tableau as its engine.

    Install the Dashboard Server and Dashboard Gateway on the same computer
  7. Step 7 On the Dashboard Server, install the Aternity Dashboard Gateway Server.

    The Dashboard Gateway acts as the interface between the Dashboard Server and the Aternity Management Server, performing background tasks like preprocessing the data for display in the dashboards, and maintaining logs, audits and cleanup. It must be on the same computer as the Dashboard Server. While it has no user interface of its own, it is crucial to the proper functioning of Aternity.

    Add the Dashboard Gateway to the Dashboard Server computer
  8. Step 8 On another computer, install the Aternity Management Server.

    To setup the Aternity Management Server, you must register with Aternity's online activation form. Enter your contact details and serial number to send an activation key to your email (learn more).

    You can add more components on the Management Server computer for smaller deployments:

    Install further components on the same Management Server computer for small or medium deployments
  9. Step 9 Install the Aternity dashboard layouts from the Management Server, which plants them in the Dashboard Server via the Dashboard Gateway.

    The Aternity dashboard layouts contain the names, calculations and layouts of the system's dashboards for this Aternity version.

    Install the layouts from the Management Server into the Dashboard Server via Dashboard Gateway
  10. Step 10 (For deployments above 20,000 devices only) Install a standalone Aternity Data Warehouse Server.

    The Data Warehouse Server stores the raw data gathered from the Aggregation Servers, and aggregates (summarizes) it for the Oracle Database Server and the Aternity Vertica Database Server.

  11. Step 11 (For deployments above 20000 devices only) Install a standalone Aggregation Server.

    An Aggregation Server gathers (aggregates) the data directly from Agent for End User Devicess on monitored devices, and passes it on to the Management Server.

    As your deployment grows in size, add more identical Aggregation Servers (see deployment sizing for details). If your sizing requires that you deploy more than one dedicated Aternity Aggregation Server, you must deploy a third party load balancer (LB). Then configure the Agent for End User Devices of all devices to point to the LB's virtual IP address (learn more). Configure the LB with persistent (sticky) sessions to ensure the Agent maintains its connection with the same server. Aternity also supports sticky sessions also when the LB implements stickiness via cookies.

    Aggregation Server collects and consolidates data from monitored devices
  12. Step 12 (Optional) To view Aternity data in SteelCentral Portalâ„¢ connect the Aternity Data Source to Portal.

    Configure the SteelCentral Portalâ„¢ to connect to your Aternity Data Source to view Aternity data in the Portal alongside data from other products in the SteelCentral Suite.

  13. Step 13 To manage the number of monitored devices reporting to Aternity, configure licenses.
  14. Step 14 Add devices as monitored devices which report their performance to Aternity, by installing the Agent for End User Devices.
    Important

    Aternity on-premise 11.x requires that devices ONLY run Agent 9.0, 9.1.7, 9.2.x, or Agent 11.0.

    Product Supported Agent for End User Devices
    Aternity 11.x

    Agent for End User Devices 9.0, 9.1.7, 9.2.x, or Agent 11.0

    Aternity 10.x

    Agent for End User Devices 9.0.x, 9.1.7 or 9.2.5 ONLY.

    Aternity 9.x

    Agent for End User Devices 9.0.x ONLY.

    Add the Agent on devices to report their performance to Aternity