Foglight™ for Storage Management is a monitoring solution for virtual environments utilizing physical storage to provide metrics and alerts for: performance, capacity, and topology. With Foglight™ for Storage Management, virtualization administrators can visualize their entire virtual to physical storage environment through detailed architectural representations. Out-of-the-box alerts provide the ability to predict, diagnose, and resolve problems affecting performance, capacity, and availability, while allowing storage administrators to visualize the consumers of storage and impacts to changes. Foglight™ for Storage Management enables organizations to better manage their underlying physical storage for optimal virtual infrastructure performance, and reduce data gathering time with end-to-end visibility to quickly ascertain root cause.
What’s new in this version
Version 4.3.0 contains the following new features and updates:
Software Development Kit (SDK) to create agents written in Python and a specialized SDK to create Python agents for collection of data from storage arrays.
Streamlined Agent Creation Wizard that allows adding multiple agents.
Improved Hyper-V storage reports, topology and performance collection combined with Hyper-V cartridge.
Summary "Storage Capacity" top-level dashboard added.
Improved UI performance for larger monitored environments.
Optimized Capacity Usage Trends for arrays.
Performance collection intervals for all monitored elements changed to every 15 minutes. Intervals that had been modified to be less frequent are not changed.
An update of the included Java VM to version 126.96.36.199. This has implications for both agent and server SSL and TLS connections. Review the notes below.
None of the monitoring agents included with Foglight for Storage Management currently support the HA (high availability) feature included with Foglight Agent Manager.
This release of Foglight for Storage Management is designed for use with Foglight 188.8.131.52 or later. Existing users of Foglight for Virtualization, version 8.2 or earlier will need to upgrade to at least version 8.4. In addition, the Foglight Agent Manager must be upgraded to at least version 184.108.40.206.1.
The included update of the Java VM for both the agent manager and the Foglight™ Management Server includes security updates that remove support for RC4 cipher suites, MD5 signed SSL certificates, and support for SSLv3. Older versions of the management server using the default installation certificate will be provided with an updated certificate. If a user-provided SSL certificate was configured then it must be upgraded to comply with the Java security requirements. This should be done before installing the server upgrade. Future updates to Java may also disable support for SHA-1 signed SSL certificates. SHA-256 is recommended as the signature algorithm for all SSL certificates.
Any agents using SSL to monitor arrays or array management hosts use the same security restrictions. SSL certificates on arrays should be upgraded to SHA-256 signed certificates if SSL connections are required. Agents can switch to non-SSL connections if desired.
Installing the Foglight™ Management Server on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 is not supported at this time. Future releases will support Windows Server 2016, but not any of the "Technical Preview" versions.
When connecting to BNA to monitor Brocade switches, only read-only access is required. The documentation has been updated to reflect this