What's new in this release

Active IQ Unified Manager 9.7 includes several new features and enhancements.

See the What's New in Active IQ Unified Manager 9.7 video for a brief overview of all the new features.

A simplified and intuitive graphical user interface

Unified Manager 9.7 presents a simplified and intuitive graphical user interface for monitoring and managing the health and performance of your storage environment.

  • Simplified dashboard: The dashboard includes several panels that provide the high-level capacity and performance statistics for the clusters in your environment. The dashboard also enables you to perform management actions on specific issues diagnosed by Unified Manager. The following panels are available:
    • Management Actions
    • Capacity
    • Performance Capacity
    • Workload IOPS
    • Workload Performance
    • Security
    • Usage Overview
  • Enhanced navigation pane: Unified Manager 9.7 introduces an enhanced left-hand navigation pane that groups features according to functionality for the ease of user access.
Ability to provision and manage storage workloads directly from Unified Manager
Starting with this release you can provision storage workloads (volumes and LUNs) on your ONTAP clusters, and manage those workloads based on service level objectives (SLOs) by creating Performance Service Level policies. This functionality is similar to creating workloads in ONTAP System Manager and attaching QoS policies, but when applied using Unified Manager you can provision and manage workloads across all clusters that your Unified Manager instance is managing.

This option provides many new items in the user interface:

  • A page to provision new workloads
  • A page to create Performance Service Level policies
  • A page to create Storage Efficiency Policies
  • A Workloads Dashboard and Workloads inventory page to view all workloads and see how they are conforming to the assigned policies
  • Panels on the main Dashboard that describe the performance and IOPS of all workloads

Additionally, two new Unified Manager system-defined threshold policies have been added that identify volumes and LUNs that have exceeded the expected latency limit defined in the assigned Performance Service Level. These policies trigger the following warning events when breached: "Workload Volume Latency Threshold Breached as defined by Performance Service Level" and "Workload LUN Latency Threshold Breached as defined by Performance Service Level".

Three new Performance Service Levels introduced for database applications in the GA release
These Performance Service Levels are designed for extremely high-performance workloads with bursty IOPS, and are appropriate for database applications with the highest throughput demand.
  • Extreme for Database Logs: Provides the highest throughput because database logs are extremely bursty and logging is constantly in demand. Ideal for database applications supporting database logs.
  • Extreme for Database Shared Data: Provides very high throughput at the lowest latency. Ideal for database applications data that is stored in a common data store, but is shared across databases.
  • Extreme for Database Data: Provides high throughput at the lowest latency. Ideal for database applications data, such as database table information and metadata.
Ability to analyze workload performance issues using detailed charts and event analysis directly from the Dashboard
A new Workload Analysis page is available from the Dashboard. This page displays information about any current events that could be affecting the workload (volumes and LUNs), recommendations to potentially fix the issue causing the event, and charts for analyzing performance and capacity history. You can enter the workload name directly, or you can navigate from any workload inventory page or event details page, to this analysis page.
New Security dashboard that identifies how secure your clusters, storage VMs, and volumes are based on the NetApp Security Hardening Guide for ONTAP 9
The main Dashboard provides an overview of your security compliance, and the Security dashboard provides details about your clusters, storage VMs, and volumes.
In addition to reporting security status, Unified Manager also generates security events for any cluster or SVM that has security violations. You can track these issues in the Event Management inventory page and you can configure alerts for these events so that the storage administrator is notified when new security events occur.
Ability to monitor the performance of VMs associated with the vCenter servers being used with your ONTAP configuration
This feature is useful for storage and vCenter admins and IT generalists who need to analyze a reported performance issue in a virtual environment and understand in which component the reported event has occurred.
Integration of incidents and risks from the Active IQ platform as Unified Manager events
Unified Manager now displays events that have been discovered by the Active IQ platform. This includes ONTAP software and firmware upgrade recommendations. These events are created by running a set of rules against AutoSupport messages generated from all storage systems being monitored by Unified Manager. This capability has been designed to support secure (dark) sites as well by allowing you to upload a new rules file at your own schedule.
NetApp Active IQ is a cloud based service that provides predictive analytics and proactive support to optimize storage system operations across the NetApp hybrid cloud. See NetApp Active IQ for more information.
New "Management Actions" panel that lists issues you can fix directly from Unified Manager
The main Dashboard includes a Management Actions panel that provides a Fix It button so that you can resolve certain ONTAP issues directly in Unified Manager. You don't need to launch ONTAP System Manager or the ONTAP CLI to research and fix the issue. Unified Manager has discovered the issue and has determined the recommended resolution. All you need to do is click the Fix It button.
Support for the new All SAN Array
Unified Manager supports All SAN Array configured clusters. The new "Personality" field on the Health: All Clusters view enables you to easily view the health status of your All SAN Array clusters.
Support for Snapshot based restore for FlexGroup volumes
In earlier releases Unified Manager could not perform restore operations for FlexGroup volumes. New functionality introduced in ONTAP 9.7 and Unified Manager 9.7 provides the following capabilities:
  • Restore from FlexGroup to FlexGroup (when both source and destination are using ONTAP 9.7)
  • Restore from FlexGroup to FlexVol (when both source and destination are using ONTAP 9.7)
  • Restore from FlexVol to FlexGroup (when destination is using ONTAP 9.7)

You will get an error when attempting to perform a restore operation that is not supported.

Support for monitoring FabricPool mirror configurations
A FabricPool mirror is available when using ONTAP 9.7 or greater, and it is used to synchronously tier data to two data stores / cloud tiers. This ensures that data is accessible in data stores in the event of a disaster. Unified Manager can discover, display, and monitor FabricPool aggregates which are associated with multiple cloud tiers. Additionally, you can use the event "FabricPool Mirror Replication Resync Completed" (from the EMS message "wafl.ca.resync.complete") to alert you about the completion of a resync operation between the primary cloud tier and mirror cloud tier.
Support for managing SnapMirror Synchronous mirror-mirror cascade deployments
Starting with ONTAP 9.6, SnapMirror Synchronous relationships are supported in a mirror-mirror cascade deployment. Only the primary and secondary volumes can be in a SnapMirror Synchronous relationship. The relationship between the secondary volumes and tertiary volumes must be asynchronous. If the secondary volume becomes unavailable, you can synchronize the relationship between the primary and tertiary volumes without performing a new baseline transfer. Provided that Workflow Automation is enabled, Unified Manager now allows active management operations on destination volumes when a SnapMirror Synchronous relationship is enabled.
New ONTAP delay center support to help with performance troubleshooting
The following two new delay centers identify areas where a volume may be impacted by latency. These delay centers appear in the Workload Analysis page and in the Latency - Cluster Components chart from the Volume Performance Explorer page.
  • QoS Limit Min - Represents the latency for a workload that is caused by the QoS throughput minimum (expected) setting assigned to other workloads. When the QoS minimum set on other workloads reserve the majority of the bandwidth to guarantee promised throughput, other workloads will be throttled and see more latency. This delay center is available when using ONTAP 9.6 or 9.7.
  • Volume Activation - In large environments where more than 1000 volumes are active, and when using ONTAP 9.7, this process tracks how many critical volumes need to access resources through the node at the same time. When the number of concurrent active volumes exceed the recommended maximum threshold, some of the non-critical volumes will experience latency as identified here.

Additionally, the delay center that used to be called QoS Policy has been renamed to QoS Limit Max to more accurately describe its function. This delay center displays latency for workloads that are being throttled based on the defined QoS policy maximum throughput limit.

Public REST APIs to support storage management and workload provisioning
A new set of REST APIs are available in this release that enable you to monitor and manage data center objects, monitor asynchronous API processes, and provision and manage workloads based on service level objectives (SLO) policies.
The Unified Manager REST APIs can be consumed by RESTful web applications interfacing with Unified Manager. The APIs can be accessed from any web browser or programming platform that can issue HTTP requests. You should use the latest version of the API; the current API version is v2, accessible at https://<hostname:port>/api/v2. API version v1 has been deprecated in this release.
Along with the datacenter, management-server, and storage-provider categories of APIs offered in the RC release, three more categories of APIs have been introduced in GA: administration, gateway, and security.
Note: As part of a general ONTAP-wide REST API standardization process, Unified Manager 9.6 removed all of its public REST APIs. Unified Manager 9.7 has reintroduced public REST APIs which are aligned syntactically and grammatically with those found in ONTAP 9.6 and greater. APIs available in earlier releases of Unified Manager are not compatible with those in Unified Manager 9.7 and greater.
API Gateway feature is available in the GA release to issue ONTAP REST APIs through Unified Manager
The API Gateway feature allows Unified Manager to be a single control plane from which multiple ONTAP clusters can be managed by using Unified Manager credentials, without logging in to the clusters individually. You can enable this functionality from the first experience wizard page when installing Unified Manager, or later in the UI from General > Feature Settings.
Additional enhancements and changes
  • When adding new clusters to Unified Manager they must be registered using HTTPS; HTTP is no longer allowed. This does not affect users who upgrade to Unified Manager 9.7 if existing clusters were added using HTTP in the past.
  • The Administrator role has been renamed Application Administrator role.
Documentation changes and updates
ONTAP software support
Unified Manager 9.7 supports all ONTAP 9.1 and greater releases.
New platforms support
Unified Manager 9.7 supports ONTAP Select, Cloud Volumes ONTAP, and all the FAS platforms that are supported in ONTAP 9.7 and earlier.
Note: If you are planning to monitor Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems, the Cluster Management IP Address must be a public address and reachable by Unified Manager, or Unified Manager must be installed in the same cloud provider environment.