Welcome To ControlUp 7.3 – What’s New?

ControlUp keeps evolving and bringing bigger and greater capabilities to your fingertips, based on our vision and your requests and needs. In a constantly changing IT landscape, you can bet on ControlUp to be a solid solution for your IT management, monitoring and troubleshooting needs.

Introducing our latest version – ControlUp 7.3. Let’s go through a quick tour and show you the sights:

VMware vSAN Monitoring

Those of you who have hopped aboard the vSAN train will be pleased to find out that ControlUp now fully supports vSAN – in the easiest way, without any effort required by you. Once you enable vSAN on your vSphere, ControlUp will automatically detect it and you’ll see your vSAN cluster under your VMware folder in the organizational folder tree (left hand side). The ControlUp console will now show you metadata and real-time performance metrics for the datastores, datastores on hosts and virtual disks.

You’ll notice lots of interesting vSAN-specific metrics, such as compression and deduplication, as well as cache state, data tiers health, vSAN cluster network utilization stats and aggregated health scores combining dozens of health check scores to give you a solid, reliable indication of your current health state overall.

But best of all, you can count on ControlUp to deliver that instant drill-down magic – double clicking your way to easily troubleshoot any slowness in your storage performance or high latency, and know immediately to correlate it to the right VM associated with it, zooming in quickly to solve the problem.

And of course, all of this useful information will find its way to ControlUp Insights to deliver eye opening reports and analytics, so that you could see the trends and issues over time, or investigate any problems that happened last week or last month.

Introducing Linux Integration

Were happy to announce our very first Linux integration, you can now monitor and manage your Red Hat and CentOS machines within ControlUp! Using agentless integration via SSH, you’ll get similar experience as you do with VMs and other computers managing your Linux machines.

We have created a designated Linux data collector which utilizes the credentials you input into it to collect and display the real-time performance metrics and metadata, complete with Linux specific metrics at the VM and process level such as PID, ppid and niceness level per process (nice priority). You can now troubleshoot issues on your Linux machines starting from the Host level, drilling down into the Linux machine, then into its processes. You can also drill down following the storage path from the datastore all the way into the logical disks and see metrics such as total, used and free inodes (index nodes) per each logical disk. In the intuitive ControlUp fashion, identifying root causes and getting to the source of the problem becomes easy and quick.

Managing your Linux machines in ControlUp also means you can utilize the incident triggers functionality to get notifications about anything you choose. You can also restrict access from other ControlUp users in your organization so that they wouldn’t have access to your machines by using ControlUp security policy.

Agent Backward Compatibility

The addition of backwards agent compatibility allows you to manage and monitor your machines even if the console and agent versions are different, not needing to worry about the compatibility issue – making everyone’s ride smoother.

Why would this be important? First, when you upgrade to a new ControlUp console, you won’t need to immediately upgrade all of your agents, and secondly, if you’re using an image, you won’t need to open and change it in order for ControlUp to keep working – you can keep going and update the agent version the next time you make changes to the master image.

We keep adding more power and functionalities to ControlUp, and hope you enjoy our new additions and find them helpful in your day to day work. We strive to use the feedback we get in order to meet everyone’s needs, so feel free to drop us a line and tell us what you think.