Hystax Acura Release Notes

Version 3.1

  • Azure support
  • AWS Marketplace support
  • Resources cleanup improvements
  • Extended Cloud Agent deployment configuration through Cloud overlays
  • Block device exclusion for Linux Replication Agent
  • Bugfixes and UX improvements

Version 3.2

  • Failover Image Download

    Added the ability to download images in the .raw format from active Cloud Sites. Users can now download images and spin up VMs based on them.

  • Replication Statistics

    Users can now see replication statistics in the UI: speed of the replication and the percentage of completion.

  • Cutover Report

    Users can get a Cutover Report in the UI along with the ability to download it in the .csv format.

    Reports show information about detached Cloud Sites with the according details (cloud resources, detach time, etc).

  • Dynamic Disks Support

    Support of spanned, striped, mirrored, and RAID-5 volumes.

    Limitation: dynamic disks are converted into simple volumes (only for Internal Windows Agent).

  • Cloud Agent’s Auto-update

    If Acura is updated, Cloud Agents update themselves automatically. The operation had to be performed manually by Hystax Engineering team before.

  • Quotas Checks

    A cloud quotas checks is now performed before any action which requires additional cloud resources: ports, volumes, floating IPs, instances, snapshots, etc. There is a different list of quotas checks for each cloud platform.

    This feature gives opportunity to fail the action before encountering an actual error and inform the user accordingly.

  • Initconfig UX Improvements

    Improvements in error messages during initial configuration: the user will get a more detailed message that can help resolve the issue without the need to contact the Support Team, and pass the initial configuration of Acura.

  • Azure Support Improvements

    Increased stability and performance of Acura components in case of Azure Cloud.

    Bug fixes and Improvements

Version 3.3

  • Failback to OpenStack and Flexible Engine

    A long-anticipated feature that allows DR customers and partners to perform automated Failback to these clouds.

  • Multiple clouds

    Partners now can manage target clouds for their customers.

  • MSP reports

    Partners and customers can generate reports on DR/Migration license consumption.

  • Retention rework

    Retention settings have been reworked to provide better control over the number of Restore Points saved in the target cloud.

  • Multiple endpoints

    Allows to implement complex networking schemas, providing total networking isolation between different customers while using designated proxies/VPN connections for each customer.

  • Replication agents improvements

    Linux agent auto update; internal agents now send stats on data reading and sending rates, allowing to pinpoint any bottlenecks in replication.

    More informative logging.

    Extended list of supported Linux kernels.

    Stability improvements.

  • Overall improvements

    Custom SMTP support for sending notifications.

    Better Initial Config experience.

    Improved diagnosis messages and many more small but significant fixes and improvements all over the product.

To configure custom SMTP settings, please refer to the Knowledge Base article at:

https://support.hystax.com/portal/kb/articles/how-to-install-custom-smtp

Version 3.4

  • Retention rework
    Retention settings have been reworked to provide better control over the number of Restore Points saved in target cloud.
  • Improvements in agents’ failure messages
    More detailed error messages from the replication agents in the Hystax Acura UI.
  • Single Cloud Agent for a cloud
    Improved partner experience with the Cloud Agents deployment. The same Cloud Agent can be used for all the customers that have the same target cloud / project.
  • General Improvements
    Improved stability and performance of the product.

Version 3.4 Notes for VMware cloud:

  • Improved support for VMware as a target cloud

    Hystax Acura 3.4 can be deployed on VMware clusters (ESXis 5.5+).

    Handling of resizing disks in VMware source machines.

    Improved failovers with VMware

    Failback from VMware to VMware, OpenStack or Flexible Engine cloud.

    Improved replication speed.

  • Multiple clouds support

    Partners can now manage target clouds for their customers from the main partner page.

    Customers can now manage source/failback clouds from the main customer page.

  • MSP Reports

    Partners and customers can get reports on license consumption.

  • Retention rework

    Retention settings have been reworked to provide better control over the number of Restore Points saved in target cloud.

  • Improvements in agents’ failure messages

    More detailed error messages from the replication agents in the Hystax Acura UI.

  • Single Cloud Agent for a cloud

    Improved partner experience with the Cloud Agent deployment. The same Cloud Agent can be used for all the customers that have the same target cloud / project.

  • General Improvements

    Improved stability and performance of the product.

Version 3.5

  • Auto-update of the internal replication agents
  • Auto-unparking of machines with failed replication in case of DR
  • Support of RHEL/CentOS 8.x
  • Basic (UI) mode for DR plans for Acura with VMware as the target cloud
  • Automatic Acura license consumption reporting
  • SMTP server configuration via Acura UI

Version 3.6

  • DKMS for Ubuntu and Debian systems
    DKMS significantly expands the list of supported kernels for Debian / Ubuntu systems, allowing to automatically build the required drivers on-the-go during Replication Agent’s installation.
  • Improved clean-up processes for AWS cloud
  • More user-friendly error handling and minor changes in the UI to improve user-experience
  • New ability to update SSL certificate directly from the console of Acura’s instance

Version 3.7

  • vCloud support
    This release features vCloud support for VMware, enabling machines to be registered in vCloud Director during the failover process and to be assigned with vCloud networks and specific storage policies.
  • List of available networks in the cloud
    While creating a Migration / DR Plan in the Basic mode, the user can now choose from a list of networks that is obtained automatically from the target cloud (VMware, OpenStack, Flexible Engine, AWS, Azure).
  • TLS encryption support for customer’s SMTP configuration