APTARE Version 10.2.00 Highlights
  
Version 10.2.00P7
APTARE Version 10.2.00 Highlights
The 10.2.00 release includes a number of new enhancements including collection from new systems, additional reports, new chart types, and many Portal enhancements.
Capacity Manager Enhancement
Data Collection: Enhancements
Portal Enhancements
Solutions: Risk Mitigation and Storage Optimization
Virtualization Manager Enhancements
Capacity Manager Enhancement
Time Period Quick Filters - The LUN Overview report now includes graphical and interactive quick filters for pre-set time periods allowing you to change the scope for the line charts on demand. [SCP-417]
Data Collection: Enhancements
Bantam Collection Performance Improvements - Bantam processing is now significantly faster than previous implementations. [SCP-493]
CentOS 7, Red Hat 7, SuSE 12 and Windows 2016 Support - Data Collector servers are now certified as supporting these operating systems. [SCP-338, SCP-424]
EMC Avamar Utility Node Collection - EMC Avamar data collection now collects utility node details, including the utility node chassis serial number allowing you to more effectively manage the EMC Avamar environment. Use the database published view, sdk_v_eavm_nodechassisinfo, to create custom report templates using the SQL Template Designer. [SC-13639, SC-13951]
EMC Data Domain Backup VTL Performance - A VTL Performance probe has been added to the EMC Data Domain Backup data collection policy. No configuration changes are required for existing policies. Virtual Tape Library performance data is collected automatically, but the probe's schedule can be modified. This data is available in the Data Domain VTL Performance report. [SC-14196]
EMC Data Domain Storage Collection - APTARE no longer treats a Data Domain system as a simple backup target. This release provides the ability to collect and report on the Data Domain system just like a storage array. Deep capacity probes have been separated into the Data Domain systems and the resulting data is licensed under Capacity Manager or Storage Management Suite products. For users that continue to use Data Domain systems as a backup target, this will continue to be licensed and included in their Backup Manager licensing. For users that use all or part of a Data Domain system as a storage array or disk target, this portion will be licensed as a Terabyte license under Capacity Manager or our Storage Management Suite.
Note: Licensing is based on the raw capacity of storage arrays, for arrays that have been polled within the last 30 days. This capacity is the total capacity of all the physical disks in the storage array.
Data Domain Storage collection can be configured to collect CIFS shares, NFS mounts, and folder-level compression rates, enabling a consolidated view of storage utilization. A Capacity Manager probe collects file-level compression ratios for both folders and files stored on Data Domain CIFS or NFS mounts. Folder-level data compression rates enable chargeback on used disk space associated with shares and mounts, and folders within those shares and mounts. This feature augments the existing Data Domain Backup data collection, which includes an option to collect file-level compression ratios associated with NetBackup backup images. To configure data collection, use the Data Collector policies: EMC Data Domain Backup and EMC Data Domain Storage. Note that report instances for the following Data Domain reports will no longer be valid because their corresponding report templates have been moved from Backup Manager to Capacity Manager: Data Domain Replication History, Data Domain Snapshot History, and Data Domain MTree Summary. Separate Data Domain System Summary reports are available for backup and capacity reporting. Additionally, the following table lists the database published views that can be used to develop custom templates to report on EMC Data Domain capacity data. [SCP-438]
Database Views Moved from Backup to Capacity
New Capacity Database Views
apt_v_ddm_enclosure
aps_v_ddm_cifs_share
apt_v_ddm_disk
aps_v_ddm_cifs_share_clients
apt_v_ddm_mtree
aps_v_ddm_nfs_mounts
apt_v_ddm_system_snapshot
aps_v_ddm_nfs_mounts_clients
apt_v_ddm_system_replication
aps_v_ddm_folder_level_comp
apt_v_ddm_compression_log
aps_v_ddm_fldr_level_comp_log
apt_v_ddm_disk_perf_log
aps_v_ddm_storage_system
apt_v_ddm_system_log
 
apt_v_ddm_lgcl_strg_unit_log
 
apt_v_ddm_file_system_log
 
apt_v_ddm_mtree_comp_log
 
EMC Symmetrix Unisphere 8.3 Support- This new support addresses performance issues. [SCP-470]
EMC XtremIO Expanded Collection - In an effort to provide a more complete report, EMC XtremIO data collection now collects logical used capacity, makes it available for use in the Dynamic Template Designer, and exposes the data in the reports, Array Capacity & Utilization and Array Utilization Summary.[SCP-425]
HP 3PAR Version 3.3.1 Support [SC-14414]
HP 3PAR Virtual Volume and CPG Deduplication and Compression Collection - This collection enables administrators to see how well the Common Provisioning Groups (CPGs) and Virtual Volumes (VVs) on HP 3PAR All-Flash arrays are compressing and deduplicating data. Analytics based on historical data enable better capacity predictions and support decisions on how to make Flash arrays more efficient. The following database published views have been modified to support this collection: aps_v_h3p_logical_unit and aps_h3p_array_group. [SCP-482]
HP 3PAR Volume Capacities by Tier (CPG) Collection - HP 3PAR collection now supports collection of data reduction ratios and tiering information. Collection of capacities by Common Provisioning Group (CPG) provides the details that enable reporting of capacity usage, based on the location of the volumes across multiple tiers. This enhancement is built into the existing data collection policy and requires no additional configuration updates. [SCP-482]
Huawei OceanStor - APTARE now collects capacity data for Huawei OceanStor storage systems. [SCP-429]
Infinidat Infinibox 3.0.12.0 (Infinibox F4000) Support [27402]
On-Demand Data Collection Initiation and Validation within the Portal - You can now quickly initiate, monitor, edit and validate the live status of your data collection all within the portal. This enhancement enables a richer and more intuitive set of functions for testing newly deployed and installed data collectors.Views for Collector Status and Collection Administration have a refreshed design with new interfaces and functions not previously available through the Portal. The new Data Collection Status and Data Collection Administration pages, located on the Admin tab allow for easy troubleshooting and resolution all within the StorageConsole interface. [SCP-443]
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8 Support - For users who are upgrading, APTARE recommends installing the minimum release of 10.1.01P5, prior to upgrading to 10.2.00. Version 10.2.00 Data Collectors will attempt to automatically upgrade to JRE 8. Enhancements made to the Upgrade Manager in release 10.1.01 P5 remove the need for manual intervention during the 10.2.00 Data Collector upgrade. [SC-12040], [SC-14649]
Linux Host File Analytics Meta Data Collection Improvements- Performance and resiliency improvements have been made to Linux Host File Analytics meta data collection. Additional settings such as filtering scan depth and capturing from remote shares can be performed using the advanced parameter FA_HOST_DIRECTIVE. [SCP-493]
Microsoft Azure Backup Support - As organizations continue to transition all applications into the cloud, APTARE now supports Azure Vault and policies in backup reporting. [SCP-407]
New System Parameters for Data Collector Status Retention - As a part of the On-Demand Data Collection Initiation and Validation feature, new system parameters have been added and can be modified to control how much historical Data Collector status data is retained. The parameters and their defaults include: KEEP_COLL_PROBE_STATE_MAX_DAYS: 90 days and KEEP_COLL_PROBE_STATE_ACTIVE_DAYS: 7 days. [SCP-443]
Veritas NetBackup 8.1 Support - Veritas NetBackup 8.1 introduced a series of changes to the way a NetBackup host (such as the APTARE Data Collector) communicates with NetBackup Masters. These changes incorporate an enhanced secured channel for communication and more sophisticated host identity verification. These changes require installation steps on the centralized Data Collector system that are not required for collection from NetBackup Master Servers prior to version 8.1. Refer to the APTARE Data Collector Installation for Backup documentation for the list of prerequisites. [SCP-480]
Portal Enhancements
Apache HTTP Web Server [SC-13472] - The portal now supports versions:
2.4.25 for LINUX upgrades and fresh installs
2.4.27 for Windows upgrades and fresh installs
Apache Tomcat Java Servlet Engine [SC-13525] - The portal now supports version 8.5.23 for LINUX and Windows upgrades and fresh installs
Chart Label Improvements - For a better user experience, legends in donut and pie charts in reports no longer have truncated labels. SC-13542, SC-13995, SC-13943
CPU Utilization Default Grouping Updates - In the Inventory, the default grouping for the CPU utilization for the reports, VM Server and VM Server Group, is now 4 days by hour. [SC-13603]
Impersonating User Accounts - The Impersonate feature enables a Super User to easily log into a separate user session to, for example, diagnose issues, verify permissions, and manage a user’s scheduled reports. This is especially useful in an MSP environment. This information is captured in an audit.log file. [SCP-210]
Inventory Category - Forecasting for SQL Template Designer and Dynamic Template Designer - A new Inventory category, Forecasting, is available for classification from the report template designers. [SCP-446]
Inventory Host Hierarchy Displays Subsystem Vendors - The Inventory now displays the subsystem for all hosts, regardless of type. [SCP-481]
Inventory Objects - Configuring Global Default Object Selection - Using a new portal property, portal.ocn.defaultVisibleObjectType, users can set a default in the Inventory for which objects to load. This is useful for filtering environments with large volumes of data that may be impacted by browser limitations. [SC-13655]
Logging User Activity in the Portal - In response to Administrator requests to capture more information about user activity in the portal, you can now choose to capture additional information by modifying the file systemlogger.xml. By default, the audit.log captures user logins and user impersonations. [SC-14845]
Restricting User IDs to Single Sessions - To address certain security requirements, this new system-wide setting is being introduced to restrict a user ID from signing on multiple times with the same or different browsers by modifying the portal.properties section: portal.security.allowUserToLoginMultipleTimes=false. The last user ID to login will have access to the portal. Other users with same login will be logged out. [SCP-457]
Sparkline Type for Charting - A new sparkline type, Line, has been made available as a formatter in the SQL Template Designer and the Dynamic Template Designer. [SC-10332]
SUN Java 2 Standard Edition SDK - The portal now supports version 1.8.0_144. [SC-13515]
Solutions: Risk Mitigation and Storage Optimization
Introducing Solutions, curated and actionable analytic report templates for proactive data center management. These solutions leverage the data already collected by APTARE and transforms it into rules you can select for what-if and historical analysis. [SCP-437]
Risk Mitigation Solution
The Risk Mitigation Solution addresses the infrastructure risk for both backup/recovery and storage operations to prevent downtime for critical applications. In partnership with the Storage Optimization Solution, the Risk Mitigation Solution supplies not only data, but business analytics to manage backup compliance and storage performance.
Report templates include:
Risk Mitigation Analysis - Displays an interactive chart of risk categories that may enable you to identify areas of opportunities for mitigation.
Risk Mitigation Trend - Displays risk mitigation categories over time to identify risk prone areas enabling you to assess areas within your enterprise that may be at risk of failing to meet data protection objectives. Configure rules to isolate specific conditions relevant for your environment.
Storage Optimization Solution
The Storage Optimization solution introduces rules that can be configured to help you identify both on-prem and cloud resources that may be reclaimable or that can be optimized. Analytics can be used to find dark storage, in an effort to contain costs and delay/avoid purchases. By examining collected historical data for multiple data points, Storage Optimization provides visibility into storage utilization over time, with true analytics that support infrastructure rightsizing.
Report templates include:
Storage Optimization Analysis - A graphical representation of analytics associated with configured rules provides drilldown access to details that reveal reclamation possibilities, such as Undiscovered LUNs or Powered-Off VMs.
Storage Optimization by Tier - A chart shows potentially reclaimable and non-reclaimable storage, by tiers.
Storage Optimization Overview - This chart provides a high-level view of reclaimable vs. non-reclaimable storage.
Storage Optimization Trend - This trend chart illustrates storage optimization over time.
Storage Optimization Detail Reports - A variety of detail reports can be accessed via the above reports.
Virtualization Manager Enhancements
Enhanced Virtualization Manager and Inventory Representation of vCenter Environments - To provide accurate reporting and illustration of vCenter environments using vCenter data center object relationships, database tables and views have been updated along with Inventory and Virtualization Manager reports to include the Data Center (and its related VMware objects) in which an ESX server resides. (SCP-474)
Consume vCenter Datastore Cluster Object and Relationships - Data collection now captures Datastore folders (including Storage Pods) in the container hierarchy. This allows organizations that use clusters to organize datastores for management purpose to run reports and categorize datastores by the clusters they reside in. This is useful in datastore rebalancing and risk mitigation. (SCP-473)