What's new in this release

Active IQ Unified Manager 9.8 includes several new features and enhancements.

Unified Manager 9.8

See the blog Introducing Active IQ Unified Manager 9.8 for enhancements in Unified Manager 9.8.

Self-managing storage
This release introduces new self-managing capabilities that can monitor your storage systems and workloads throughout their lifetime. They can also recommend how to adjust key system behavior and resources to ensure the best ROI out of your storage systems. The following capabilities are introduced:
  • Consistent performance by balancing the load across hardware resources in a cluster
  • Capacity balancing across storage resources in the cluster
  • Maintain high performance of critical workloads by avoiding the noisy neighbor through appropriate QoS settings
  • Optimize tiering of data between on-prem and cloud storage by moving cold volumes to a tiering storage pool and by setting the appropriate tiering policy per workload
Additionally, you can harden the storage cluster security and operations by adjusting system configuration according to NetApp best practices:
  • Fix security compliance gaps against ONTAP security policies
  • Avoid interruption of volume writes by adding inodes when limit is reached
As a part of these self-managing capabilities, the Management Action Panel has added 16 new Fix It operations for the following events and issues:
  • Enable node failover
  • Increase number of inodes on volume
  • Change volumes’ storage tier
  • Enable audit logging for the storage VM
  • Enable automatic cloud tiering
  • Limit high load in node
  • Reduce overload in node
  • Enable takeover on panic
  • Balance cluster capacity
  • Balance cluster workloads
  • Set HTTPS as the transport protocol for AutoSupport messages
  • Remove insecure ciphers from the storage VM
  • Remove insecure ciphers from the cluster
  • Set login banner for the storage VM
  • Set login banner for the cluster
  • Set snapmirror.enable option to off

These management actions in Unified Manager ensure an enhanced user experience that also enables you to review the history of previous actions and take actions in bulk for more simplicity.

Unified Manager Reporting has added the ability to customize reports using Microsoft Excel and has added a new monthly report option
Starting with Unified Manager 9.8, you can download reports in Microsoft Excel format and customize them. You can use advanced Excel features, such as complex sorts, layered filters, pivot tables, and charts to customize the report. When you are satisfied with the resulting Excel report, you can upload the Excel file back to Unified Manager so it will be used in the future each time the report is scheduled and shared.
Additionally, you can choose to generate and send reports on a monthly frequency if you need monthly reporting capability,
Functionality to add policies to multiple workloads
You can assign a Performance Service Level or Storage Efficiency Policy to multiple workloads in a single action now. This feature displays the progress, and also lists the workloads where the policy was not assigned, with the cause of failure. While the job of assigning the policy to all workloads is running, you can perform other operations while the process runs in the background.
Support for Unified Manager backups using ONTAP Snapshots
MySQL database dump is the default backup mechanism for Unified Manager. For Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS Linux systems, you can now use the NetApp Snapshot backup method to overcome the current limitation of long backup or restore window. By using the NetApp Snapshot technology, the new backup and restore workflows take only a few seconds.
Support for virtual infrastructure in a disaster recovery setup

The VMware awareness feature now supports VMs in MetroCluster and storage VM disaster recovery (SVM-DR) configurations. You can view the configuration and performance metrics of the NAS volumes or LUNs attached or mapped to the datastores in a vCenter Server. The datastores hosted in a disaster recovery setup are represented in the same topological view as the datastores in a standard environment.

Additionally, for all configurations, the virtual infrastructure grid now displays datastore and host IOPS, latency, and network latency data.

New APIs for events and system
The events and system APIs have been introduced under the management-server category for retrieving the events generated for the monitored clusters and for viewing the instance details of your Unified Manager environment. The REST APIs do not support create, update, and delete operations on Unified Manager events.
The web UI now consumes the V2 version of Unified Manager public APIs. Additionally, the /storage-provider/fileshares API can be used to create data protection (DP) volumes.

Moreover, a new attribute storage_capacity has been introduced under the datacenter/cluster/clusters API to calculate the storage capacity of clusters for integration with Unified Manager.

Note:

As part of a general ONTAP-wide REST API standardization process, Unified Manager 9.6 removed all of its public REST APIs. Release 9.7 onwards, Unified Manager is in the process of reintroducing public REST APIs, which are aligned syntactically and grammatically with those found in ONTAP 9.6 and greater. The APIs available in earlier releases of Unified Manager are not compatible with those in Unified Manager 9.7 and greater.

New Events in Unified Manager 9.8
The following new events have been added in Unified Manager 9.8:
  • Cluster Capacity Imbalance Threshold Breached
  • Cluster Load Imbalance Threshold Breached
  • MySQL Log File Size Increased; Restart Required
  • Storage Tier Policy Mismatch Detected
  • Storage Tier Mismatch Detected
  • Dynamic Event Warning Threshold Breached
Enhancements to generating and providing support bundles to Technical Support
Now you can upload a support bundle directly from the maintenance console. In the past you needed to download a support bundle locally and then send it to Technical Support. If your system is connected to the internet, you can now send the support bundle to NetApp directly from the maintenance console in a single operation.
A new, smaller support bundle option is available from the maintenance console when you only need reduced statistics for the previous 30 days: Generate Light Support Bundle. This option enables you to produce a lightweight support bundle that contains just 30 days of logs and configuration database records – it excludes performance data, acquisition recording files, and server heap dump.
Additional enhancements and changes
  • Unified Manager shows FabricPool aggregates that are built using HDDs as supported in ONTAP 9.8.
  • Unified Manager shows Cloud Tiers that are using ONTAP S3 as supported in ONTAP 9.8.
ONTAP software support
Unified Manager 9.8 supports ONTAP 9.1 and ONTAP 9.3 and greater releases. ONTAP 9.2 has reached EOVS (End Of Version Support) and is no longer supported.