MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced the general availability of MicroStrategy 10.4, the latest update to the company’s MicroStrategy 10™ platform. The release makes MicroStrategy 10 faster and easier to use, with new features spanning analytics, mobility and security.
To further enhance the platform, version 10.4 doubles the capacity of server clusters to eight nodes, helping to ensure enterprises are equipped to roll out and scale applications to large user populations. The new release also facilitates faster performance for specific user groups, critical batch processes and ad-hoc query activity with a new feature called work fencing. MicroStrategy Mobile™ adds AppConfig to its library of supported Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) deployment choices, giving customers a robust set of natively integrated EMM choices.
Doubles Capacity of Server Clusters to Eight Nodes
MicroStrategy 10.4 unlocks more computing power for analytical applications, letting enterprise customers incrementally expand the number of servers in a cluster to up to eight nodes—double the overall capacity of previous versions. MicroStrategy customers now have the freedom to consolidate multiple production environments or incrementally increase user capacity. With the new release, there are more opportunities to significantly improve performance at a very low cost by easily extending the deployment across additional nodes.
New Work Fencing Feature
Most notably, version 10.4 introduces work fencing, which allows organizations to control and manage large environments more effectively, and allows administrators to draw more power from existing MicroStrategy Server™ clusters. Work fencing optimizes the use of server resources and helps ensure that dedicated computing power is available to support specific users, user groups or tasks.
The new feature lets administrators assign fences to select nodes within a server cluster that perform specific tasks, so the organization can execute heavy batch jobs and high-volume, scheduled subscriptions without risking system stability or interrupting the experience of other users. This feature is designed to allow for fast performance and availability at all times, and to enable users to not have to compete for resources. With user fencing, another new feature in version 10.4, organizations can dedicate select server nodes to priority users, such as CXOs and high-profile customers, so they always experience sub-second response times.
Work fencing also makes it possible to optimize overall server performance, so organizations can draw more power without having to purchase new environments. “Built for the enterprise, MicroStrategy 10.4 delivers a powerful combination of larger clusters and work fencing. This enables customers to deploy more users and types of applications on a single platform, while still helping to ensure the highest quality of service for mission-critical systems,” said Tim Lang, CTO, MicroStrategy Incorporated. “I am also excited about the many enhancements we have made in version 10.4 to simplify the application creation and consumption experience.”
Other exciting new features in version 10.4 include:
Thresholding on Attributes: Users can now include threshold-based highlighting on attribute elements. This is in addition to being able to apply thresholds on metric values, which is available for both report services and dashboards. This extends out to third-party custom visualizations as well, so designers can now create custom D3 plug-ins that include thresholding for attributes.
Smart Defaults for Data Discovery: Analysts can now rely on smart defaults to automatically format visualizations for the best appearance. Analysts can spend less time tidying up dashboards since the defaults will be based on improved rules for visualizations.
EMM Support via AppConfig for iOS: In addition to native integration support with AirWatch®, MobileIron and Good Dynamics™, MicroStrategy 10.4 now provides native integration to configure and secure iOS apps based on AppConfig guidelines. The integration with AppConfig will result in more consistent, open and simple ways to configure and secure mobile apps.
Improved Native Android™ Mobile Client: MicroStrategy 10.4 delivers increased functionality in its Android mobile client, introducing integration with push notifications and support for D3 visualizations.
New Big Data Drivers: Version 10.4 includes updated drivers that allow customers to leverage the latest big data sources, while minimizing run time for analytics. Updated drivers are available for Hive, Presto and Microsoft Access®. Additionally, version 10.4 also certifies Spark SQL 1.6, MemSQL 4.x and SAP Hana® 11.
MicroStrategy 10.4 also introduces several new features for Usher™:
Mac® Computer Lock: Last quarter, MicroStrategy released the ability to unlock a Mac computer using Bluetooth® proximity-based detection from a smartphone. This quarter, we introduce the ability to lock a Mac based on the same proximity-based detection. This capability will provide enhanced user security by enabling a user to lock a computer when she picks up her phone and walks away from her computer. And of course, when the user comes back to her desk, Usher can unlock the computer.
Frictionless Single Sign-on for Applications: In furtherance of our goal to provide a seamless user experience, we have enhanced Usher logical access to enable Single Sign-on to web applications. Once a user has logged on using Usher, she can directly access Usherized applications like Rally and Salesforce® using the Usher credentials as an extension of her identity without having to input application-specific credentials. This process helps to ensure that access to web applications is simple while also being secure.
Real-time Telemetry Services: One of the critical development goals for Usher has been to enable more real-time visibility to Usher-enabled telemetry. As part of MicroStrategy 10.4, Usher will ship as standard a new ETL model that will allow for Usher to provide streaming insight on a wide variety of use cases and business needs that require real-time decision-making at scale.
To learn more about MicroStrategy 10.4 and see the full list of new features across MicroStrategy Mobile, MicroStrategy Web™ and MicroStrategy Desktop™, please visit www.microstrategy.com or register for the upcoming webcast at: https://info2.microstrategy.com/version_upgrade.