This document provides important information about AvailabilityGuard™ by Continuity Software.
AvailabilityGuard™ provides IT organizations with comprehensive command and control capabilities to enhance service availability readiness across their entire IT infrastructure. Serving as a common platform for all relevant IT teams, AvailabilityGuard enables organizations to detect downtime and data-loss risks and correct critical vulnerabilities before they impact business operations.
The AvailabilityGuard Risk Discovery Engine™ automatically scans the entire IT infrastructure in a non-intrusive, read-only mode, collecting up-to-date configuration information from servers and clusters, storage devices, virtual infrastructure, database servers, and the networks that connect them across physical, virtual, and hybrid environments.
It then analyzes the information gathered against the continuously updated Risk Signature Knowledgebase™ and pinpoints misconfigurations that can lead to potential downtime and data-loss.
The AvailabilityGuard dashboard provides IT teams with immediate visibility into availability and data-loss risks throughout the entire IT infrastructure and their potential impact on critical business services. Automated notifications and alerts are sent to the appropriate resources when availability or data-loss risks are uncovered, allowing IT teams to proactively address issues rather than firefight outages and costly business disruptions.
To ensure issues are tracked to resolution, AvailabilityGuard automatically creates an actionable trouble ticket, including a detailed description of the problem, its potential business impact, and suggestions for remediation. Tickets can also be generated in your existing IT management system (e.g. ServiceNow, HP ServiceDesk, CA UniCenter, Tivoli, Splunk, etc.).
For more information about system requirements and software limitations, please refer to the AvailabilityGuard Deployment and Scanning Guides.
This AvailabilityGuard release introduces new features and major enhancements in the following areas:
|The new release has improved capabilities of recoverability features for DR Assurance, configuration comparisons, data replications, updated reports and new risks.
|New Platform Support
|The new release enables AvailabilityGuard to discover & collect, and detect miss-configuration risks and best practice violations for the following new platforms:
|Enhanced support for Dell PowerMAX
The new release allows AvailabilityGuard to collect information about Dell PowerMax (and VMAX) storage arrays from the “UniSphere for PowerMax” management system.
|Enhanced support for VMware Cloud
Enhanced support for the entire VMware Infrastructure Stack, Including VMware Site Recovery Manager – resolving data collection issues and expanding our Risk knowledge base.
|Enhanced support for HDS systems
Expanding the data collection from the Hitachi OpsCenter Management software, including integrating the replications information into the Database Views.
|Enhanced support for Windows servers
As part of the new release, resolved many data collection issues, smarter scan (like the machine power state as an indicator), and more.
The new release gives the system administrators abilities to understand and tune the Scheduled processes (Scanning or Reporting) in the system. For example: System admin can see the last Data Analysis task duration or a Scheduled Report that takes a while.
A new Assets module is available with this release. This module provides:
|User Interface Enhancements
Aligning all the capabilities from the Old User Interface, such as - Sending and Exporting Risks, Risks filtration capabilities, System Event Log, SLA Policies Discovery, Tables capabilities (like Search by Regular Expression), and many more.
Improved Comparison Module, easier navigation, risk detection , Cluster support and more
Several security enhancements have been implemented:
Recommended java and tomcat updates.
|Scalability and performance
Faster data collection and data saving.
|Risk knowledgebase update
The AvailabilityGuard risk knowledgebase has been updated with additional industry best practices and vendor recommendations.