62124: Acronis Software-Defined Infrastructure: new features

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Compute. Run virtual machines (technical preview) on Acronis Software-Defined Infrastructure nodes in the hyper-converged mode (storage and compute on same node) or the traditional way (storage and compute on separate nodes)

  • Virtual machine management: run, resize, migrate, log in to console
  • Private software-defined networking for virtual machines (VXLAN)
  • Storage policies for virtual machines. Easy-to-use data redundancy options for virtual machine volumes
  • Easy to configure high availability for compute service and virtual machines
  • Supported guest operation systems: CentOS 6, CentOS 7, RHEL 7, Debian 9, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016
  • Full Windows guests support with automatic installation of paravirtualization drivers (virtio) during installation from ISO

Better performance and high availability for iSCSI targets. The new iSCSI target subsystem and high availability engine reduce I/O hangs by 2-4 times during node failures, making them barely noticeable for end-user applications. Asymmetric Logical Unit Access (ALUA) with active-passive mode.

Fiber Channel support. Use Fiber Channel cards to export block storage.

RDMA and InfiniBand support. Up to 25% better I/O latency and lower CPU utilization on InfiniBand, RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) and iWARP (Internet Wide-area RDMA Protocol).

New comprehensive monitoring:

  • Built-in monitoring with pre-configured Prometheus and Grafana.
  • Grafana dashboards for nodes, disks, network, latency, performance, storage services
  • New charts with tooltips in Web Control Panel, I/O latency charts, new physical and logical space charts

Performance improvements for all-flash configurations. Get more IOPS with multi-threaded I/O on all-flash clusters. New fast-path approach in core of Acronis Software-Defined Infrastructure allows to eliminate additional latency and implement fast multi-threaded I/O handling in Linux kernel.

New comprehensive command-line tool. Support for more operations. Unified output for all commands: text table, JSON

Built-in ReadyKernel eliminates downtime on operation system update. Based on kpatch technology, ReadyKernel is a live patching of a running Linux kernel to apply kernel hotfixes and CVEs in seconds.

New infrastructure networking

UI and UX improvements:

  • New navigation menu
  • New controls and fresh UI

Single repository for all components. Easy and integrated cluster updates from the unified RPM repository.

Acronis Backup Gateway improvements:

  • Improved backup protocol (higher backup speed, better resilience for network lags) for Acronis Backup Cloud 8.0 and Acronis Backup 15 coming in 2019.
  • It is possible to configure geo-replication for Acronis Backup Gateway via CLI. Setup via UI is planned for the next release.
  • Yandex.Cloud support.

Other enhancements:

  • New high availability engine significantly improves cluster reaction time to node failure for all services.
  • New internal cluster DNS service that improves cluster services discovery.
  • Better overall stability and performance.

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