Qbilon Software Changelog

Read about new features, software enhancements and bug fixes in Qbilon’s software releases. You will also find tutorial videos for the most exciting new features and enhancements here.

Qbilon Version 1.17 (02-07-2024)

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New features and enhancements

[FEATURE] Performance improvements

    • With our latest update, we’ve been able to make significant improvements to our quality assurance (QA) processes, resulting in a noticeable increase in speed and reduction in storage space. Our main focus was optimizing Merger and Linker functions, resulting in an impressive 60% increase in speed.
    • The optimizations implemented in the Merger and Linker components have improved performance when handling large datasets. This includes significant reductions in both time and memory consumption during linking and merging operations.
    • Another notable achievement is the successful refinement of our database housekeeping processes. This improvement has resulted in a significant reduction in disk space usage, contributing to a leaner and more efficient storage system.

[ENHANCEMENT] Enhanced K8S cost calculator accuracy and performance

    • Resolved issues causing negative costs for PODs, deployments, and namespaces in the “current month”, ensuring accurate calculations.
    • In addition, the performance has been optimized for a seamless transition between months.

Bug fixes

[FIXED] Corrected next execution time calculation on restart

    • The system now recalculates the relative next execution time immediately after a restart, ensuring that all connectors are correctly scheduled and executed as intended.
    • This fix addresses reliability concerns, ensuring consistent operation.

[FIXED] Azure connector: connection timeout resolved

    • We addressed a critical issue where the Azure connector experienced timeouts while attempting to connect to management.azure.com. These connection timeouts have been eliminated, ensuring that the Azure connector operates within its expected time frame.
    • After applying the fix, no further timeouts were observed in both SaaS instances and local tests.

[FIXED] Improved handling of PRTG connector for non-escaped characters

    • This fix ensures the stability and integrity of the PRTG connector, allowing for seamless parsing of XML responses.

[FIXED] Updated “Last Seen” for edges

    • With this bugfix, the “Last Seen” properties are updated correctly.

[FIXED] Tooltip format buggy for regex hint when creating constraints

    • We’ve successfully fixed a bug in the tooltip format for the regex hint during constraint creation, which was displaying with buggy HTML tags.
    • This fix improves the user experience by providing clear and properly formatted information while creating constraints.

[FIXED] Wrong evaluation in custom node linker/merger

    • The fix ensures that evaluations now correctly encompass both specified attributes, aligning with our documentation and enhancing the reliability of data consolidation processes.

Qbilon Version 1.16 (01-17-2024)

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New features and enhancements

[FEATURE] Enhanced PRTG data source with more data

    • We’ve expanded the PRTG data connector by incorporating additional valuable information, enriching the scope and depth of available data for your analysis.
    • Qbilon now offers the ability to import in-depth properties for analysis into:
      • all probes and groups
      • all devices within the probes and groups
      • all sensors with their respective primary measured values.

[FEATURE] PRTG System Information data connector

    • The new connector allows you to retrieve the system information from PRTG for every device which is particularly valuable in scenarios involving other data sources, e.g. vSphere, as it provides important details such as system versions.

[FEATURE] CMDB maintenance with automated export of element relationships to ServiceNow

    • In addition to automating the writing of all IT elements, you can now effortlessly write and update your relational data in Qbilon to ServiceNow.

[ENHANCEMENT] Included changelog in documentation

    • Keep track of every change to our system. The changelog is now easily accessible in the handbook, empowering users to understand the evolution of our platform and the value each update brings.

[ENHANCEMENT] Support for Azure Management Groups

    • For larger organizations with multiple Azure subscriptions, the need for efficient management becomes paramount. Hence, in this update this capability is extended to the tenant group level allowing users to also import Azure Management Groups.
    • For a complete understanding of Azure Management Groups, please refer to Microsoft’s official documentation: Azure Management Groups Overview.

Bug fixes

[FIXED] Wrong colors in chart preview

    • Resolved an issue where the colors in the chart preview were incorrect, ensuring an accurate and reliable visual representation of data.

[FIXED] Unsorted dropdown menus in chart definition

    • Improved user experience by alphabetically sorting every unsorted dropdown menu in the chart definition, making it easier for users to locate and select options.

[FIXED] PRTG merger icon

    • Users can now easily recognize and associate the PRTG merger with the updated icon, contributing to a more cohesive and memorable user experience.

[FIXED] Wrong calculated next execution time

    • Addressed and rectified the issue causing inaccuracies in the calculation of the next execution time.

[FIXED] Wrong expiration message

    • The fix ensures that the license expiration banner reflects the correct information, eliminating any confusion or misrepresentation. This means users will receive timely accurate alerts about license renewals, helping them to manage their resources more effectively.

[FIXED] Error when upserting a graph with wrong naming attribute

    • When the name giving attribute doesn’t exist, the qbilon ID is used.
    • Now, the name giving attribute changes with the strategy based node/edge updater.
    • Therefore, we now can update the name giving attribute.

[FIXED] Add element list is unsorted

    • The fix contributes to a more efficient editing workflow as dropdown lists in edit mode are now sorted alphabetically, thereby reducing the time spent and searching for specific options.

[FIXED] Creating additional color rules in tables fails

    • When adding a new color rule within an existing table view, the rule can be saved, modified or deleted now.
    • Furthermore, existing rules can be modified.
    • Therefore, colorings (“per cell” or “whole row”) no longer produce errors and creating additional rules doesn’t cause any unexpected issues.

Additionally …

[IMPROVEMENT] Database

    • The majority of services have now been successfully migrated to the new database. 

Related Media

Enhanced PRTG data sources

Qbilon Version 1.15 (12-07-2023)

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New features and enhancements

[FEATURE] Write to ServiceNow’s database

    • The “ServiceNow Writer” is designed to automate the process of transferring data collected, merged and consolidated in Qbilon back into the ServiceNow database.
    • This feature improves the completeness and integrity of all information on IT assets and their dependencies in ServiceNow.
    • The “ServiceNow Writer” can be configured to write back specific asset types at a scheduled interval and in the format preferred by the user.

[ENHANCEMENT] Update user handbook

    • The documentation for our software has been fundamentally revised and brought up to date.

Bug fixes

[FIXED] Relation labels toggle fails when opening containers

    • The relation labels toggle setting is now applied when navigating through containers, especially when the default view is set with “activated relation labels”.
    • The behaviour is consistent throughout the graph. Either all relation labels are displayed or none.

[FIXED] Editing, saving, and deleting color rules do not work for relations

    • Color rules for relations can be edited, saved, and deleted in the same manner as for elements.

[FIXED] LUY merger does not merge elements with the same IP address

    • Server and infrastructure elements having the same IP address are consolidated.
    • IP addresses are only used for merging when the information is deemed “new” (as within the server merger).

[FIXED] The Darktrace connector generates errors when triggered at lengthy time intervals

    • The Darktrace connector is now functional at both short and long intervals.

[FIXED] Slow loading times occur when using the color picker in chart views

    • The data preview does not undergo recalculation when the color changes.
    • The color picker can now be used smoothly without excessive loading times.

Additionally …

[IMPROVEMENT] Database

    • The migration of the database remains one of the main focuses in development, leading to several updates occurring outside of the Qbilon application and not being reflected in the changelog.
    • Tremendous strides have been accomplished with the successful implementation and testing of the initial services.

Related Media

ServiceNow Writer

UX Update: Improved User Guidance

Qbilon Version 1.14 (11-02-2023)

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New features and enhancements

 [FEATURE] JSON Push Connector

    • The JSON Push data connector facilitates loading and storing data in Qbilon, without requiring a pre-configured data source. Its versatile “push” interface seamlessly transfers data into Qbilon, enabling storage, merging, and analysis of relevant information from all your existing systems in one tool.

 [ENHANCEMENT] Type filters in context views

    • Qbilon now offers the ability to filter elements by type in the element search field for context views.

 [ENHANCEMENT] Extension of linker and merger conditions

    • Linker and merger conditions have increased expressiveness thanks to an editable dropdown field for the “Operator”. The Operator dropdown offers the following options for selection: [equals, contains, contained in, smaller than, greater than, smaller than or equal to, greater than or equal to, intersects with]. The default value is “equals”.
    • These operators undergo evaluation based on the logic as defined here.

 [ENHANCEMENT] New color scheme for standard views

    • All default colors in the Azure, AWS, vSphere, PRTG and Darktrace standard views now conform to a specified color palette.

 [ENHANCEMENT] License notifications

    • There are notifications for all types of users warning about the expiry of the license/activation.
    • Furthermore, there will be a notification if the limit of the maximum numbers of elements will be reached soon.

 [ENHANCEMENT] Renaming of “Azure AD” to “Entra ID”

    • Azure AD has been renamed as Azure Entry ID (formerly Azure AD) throughout Qbilon.

[ENHANCEMENT] Improved PRTG connector

    • The PRTG data connector now includes data from a wider range of PRTG sensors.
    • In addition to NetFlow, Qbilon can now process data from Juniper devices (jFlow) and industry standards such as HPE, Arista and Fortinet (sFlow).
    • Qbilon now also captures the top talkers of the following sensor types in addition to NetFlow sensors:
      • IPFIX
      • IPFIX (Custom)
      • JFlow v5
      • JFlow v5 (Custom)
      • NetFlow v5
      • NetFlow v5 (Custom)
      • NetFlow v9
      • NetFlow v9 (Custom)
      • sFlow
      • sFlow (Custom)
      • Packet Sniffer Sensor

 [ENHANCEMENT] “Delete All” function in the admin area

    • The “Delete All” button has been removed from the “data sources and data consolidation” view.
    • Instead, adminstrators of Qbilon can now perform a “Software Reset” in the “Advanced” tab found within the settings page. This reset will require confirmation in an additional dialog.

Bug fixes

[FIXED] Wrong sorting of number values in charts

    • Sorting in chart views now follows the same implementation as table views, meaning no string ordering is applied. Instead, sorting is based on integer/float values.

[FIXED] Setting a default view does not update the preview image when switching views

    • The preview image is now set correctly when switching views.

[FIXED] Relations between Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Network Interfaces are missing

    • The relation is now accurately shown in the meta model.

[FIXED] When modifying the name of an element in a view, it will not appear as a suggested search result

    • The new name will now immediately appear in the search field after updating the element’s name.

[FIXED] The JSON connector cannot handle lists of properties. Also, multiple JSONs cannot be uploaded at once

    • The JSON connector now enables users to upload multiple JSON files at once and supports lists of primitive properties.

Related Media

Filtering option: Context views

Merger & linker: Operator selection

New standard colors

Qbilon Version 1.13 (09-07-2023)

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New features and enhancements

[FEATURE] New connector: ADOIT

    • The latest version of ADOIT, v16.0, has been released by the BOC Group this year.
    • With Qbilon Ultimate, users can now import data from this Enterprise Architecture Management tool in Qbilon and connect it with data from other data sources.

[FEATURE] Improved license management

    • As a customer, you can now activate, reactivate or upgrade your Qbilon Ultimate instance independently.
      • If a license has not been obtained yet, an initial license activation page will appear when starting the Qbilon application, where you can import a license file.
      • If your license has expired, you will be redirected to a page to reactivate it, where you can import a new license file.
      • Additionally, you can update or upgrade your existing license anytime through “Settings” -> “Update License”.

[ENHANCEMENT] Editable namegiving property after creation of elements or relations

    • If in edit mode, the namegiving property is editable by clicking on the property name.
    • An autocomplete field will display all available property values and their corresponding names for proposals.

[ENHANCEMENT] Prefixes for Azure resources

    • To improve recognition of Azure resources, we now label “Remaining Resource”, “Log Analytics Workspace”, “API Management Service” and “Front Door” with the prefix “Azure”.

[ENHANCEMENT] Removed “Blob Storage” from Azure Import

    • “Azure Blob Storage” has been removed from the Azure Importer and the standard views included in the Azure connector.

[ENHANCEMENT] Include AWS account information

    • Qbilon now retrieves account information from AWS and is able to associate each AWS resource with the corresponding account.

[ENHANCEMENT] Load license from file

    • Instead of providing the license in the frontend or with a POST to a secured license endpoint, it can now be read from a file.
    • The license file is called “qb.license”.
    • There is a new env “QB_LICENSE_FOLDER” which defines the license folder.

[ENHANCEMENT] Larger icons for element nodes

    • The size of an icon when using the “Icon” element node style is now set to 48×48 pixels.

Bug fixes

[FIXED] Unnecessary “Missing analysis rules” hint in graph and table views

    • The hint “There are no analysis rules defined. Add rules by editing this view in the ‘Views’ section.” only appears when the analysis rule set is empty.

[FIXED] Missing “No elements to show” dialog for table and chart views

    • When opening a view that doesn’t show any asset instances, i.e., no elements, the message “There are no elements to show, because there are either no element instances anymore or the current filter selection hides all elements.” appears.
    • The hint appears for all types of views, i.e., graph, table and chart views.

[FIXED] Relation labels in graph views are not updated immediately

    • When editing relation names in graph views, the respective labels are updated immediately after saving.

[FIXED] Incorrect selection in color change dialog during view creation

    • If you change the color of an element during graph view definition and then try to change the color of another element, the color of the first element is not preselected in the color picker dialog.

Additionally …

 [IMPROVEMENT] Database

    • We are currently working on the integration of a new database to make Qbilon even more powerful in large IT environments.
    • This improvement will be done mostly in the background, but we will provide updates on the progress from time to time.

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