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Upcoming Phoenix Cloud Update

Druva is excited to announce the following features in the cloud update scheduled for November 20, 2017:

Microsoft Hyper-V protection

Druva extends its virtual machine backup capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. Phoenix Hyper-V agent resides on the Hyper-V host and performs image-level backups of the virtual machines. This eliminates the need to install the agent software on each virtual machine guest operating system. The key features include:

  • Forever incremental backups with source-side global deduplication.

  • Application consistent backups through integration with Microsoft VSS framework.

  • Support for all Hyper-V storage deployments including the local and cluster-shared volumes and SMB.

  • Flexible restore options, such as restore of the entire virtual machines or individual disks, and restore data to the original host or to an alternate host.

NAS backup agent

Druva is pleased to announce a new approach for backing up Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices with Phoenix. The key highlights include:

  • Scale-out NAS agent that allows parallel and performant backups for large NAS deployments.
  • Smart scan approach, including machine learning through metadata analysis, that identifies data that has changed for backup versus initiating repeated backups of all data - changed or unchanged.  By focusing on backup of only the new or changed data, backup cycles are dramatically shortened.  

  • Native data format and vendor agnostic approach that enables device migration and data intelligence use cases.

Support for Backup sets for physical servers

A backup set is a data set that you can configure for backups by defining the backup content and backup policies for files and databases. A backup set provides configuration options to customize the backup content, backup policy, and retention settings.

You can configure multiple data sets for backup with their own policies and settings, independent of each other. For example, if you want to back up files and MS-SQL server database on the same server, you can create two backup sets; one for files and another for the MS-SQL server database with their respective policies.

Action required:

Upgrade to Phoenix agent version 4.7 to use all new capabilities of backup sets.  Druva will share the download link at the time of the release.

Additional information:

To know more about what's changed with backup sets, check the article here.

For a quick demo of backup sets, check this video.

Links to detailed documentation for the new features and enhancements will be available at the time of the release.

October 16, 2017

Minor backend changes and bug-fixes. 

August 28, 2017

Following are the Phoenix updates released on August 21st, 2017.

New Feature
  • Age-based scanning under smart scan

    The Smart scan feature optimizes the scan duration during a backup job. Phoenix can save a lot of time if certain files and folders are not scanned at the time of backup. The Smart scan feature provides options that let you choose what should be skipped when Phoenix scans files and folders for backup. After you enable Smart scan, you can choose to skip files and folders that are not modified for a specified period of time, for example, 3 months. By default, the Smart scan option is disabled.

    You can enable this option while creating or editing a backup policy. For more information, see:

    For the frequently asked question about the Smart scan, see File server FAQs

Revision Information
Platform Revision Public Cloud GovCloud

Windows

4.6.12-32695                  
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Linux 4.6.12-32695
Backup Proxy
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4.6.12-32695

July 17, 2017

Following are the Phoenix updates released on July 17, 2017.

New Features
  • Backup proxy pool selection
    Phoenix now lets you select a backup proxy pool at the time of restore. When you restore your virtual machine, virtual disk, or files, Phoenix provides an option to select a backup proxy pool. To ensure an enhanced restore performance, select a backup proxy pool with backup proxies that are locally connected to the destination hypervisor. 
    For more information, see:

    Action Required: No action required.

  • Two network interface cards
    The new Phoenix backup proxy now provides two network interface cards. After you deploy the new backup proxy, you can configure one network interface card for the public network and the other card for the private network. 

    Action Required: No action required.

  • Enhanced error reporting
    For backup and restore jobs that fail due to VMware reported errors, we have enhanced error reporting with details to better understand the failure causes.

    Action Required: No action required.

Revision Information
Platform Revision Public Cloud GovCloud

Windows

4.6.11-29892                  
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Linux 4.6.11-29892
Backup Proxy
Druva_Phoenix_Backup
4.6.11-29892

Note: To use the latest backup proxy, deploy it and add it to a backup proxy pool. You cannot upgrade existing backup proxy to the latest version using the Phoenix Management Console or RedHat Package Manager.

July 3, 2017

Following are the Phoenix updates released on July 3, 2017.

New Features
  • Parallel scan and Smart scan
    Phoenix extends its backup capabilities for File server by introducing the following features:
     
    • Parallel scan: With the parallel scan feature, Phoenix agents scan files and upload data to the Phoenix cloud simultaneously. This feature ensures optimal utilization of the backup schedule window.

      For more information, see Overview of Phoenix for File server.

      Action Required: Upgrade the Phoenix agent to version 4.6.10 and later.
       
    • Smart scan:  The Smart scan feature optimizes the scanning duration for backup. To optimize the scanning duration, Smart scan excludes scanning of Access Control Lists (ACLs) for the files that are not modified since the last backup. 

      For more information, see Overview of Phoenix for File server.

      Action Required: Upgrade the Phoenix agent to version 4.6.10 and later.
       
  • Cost Allocation Reports
    Phoenix gives IT organizations the provision to chargeback to their internal groups for the credits consumed by their individual servers. It enables cloud administrators to categorize servers from one internal group into a logical cost object unit, such as server group and organization. Phoenix also introduces "cost code", an entity to map with server groups and organizations to determine the cost allocation of individual servers.

    Phoenix also provides a powerful cost allocation reporting mechanism to record credit consumption at each server level. The cost allocation reports enable cloud administrators to track the effectiveness of internal groups by retrieving credit usage details for individual servers and billing internal groups for the consumed storage. 

    Note: The Cost Allocation Report generated for July 2017 will include cost allocation details from July 3, 2017.

    For more information, see
  • In-product notification
    The in-product notifications are communications from Druva to the Phoenix administrators to keep them updated about the new features, product changes, and enhancements. In-product notifications are displayed under the   icon on the menu bar.

    There are 2 types of in-product notifications:

    • Informational notifications for a feature or an enhancement release. These notifications include links to release notes where administrators can read up further details.These notifications are represented with the  icon. Phoenix displays only one informational notification at a time.

    • Actionable notifications for actions that administrators must perform to prepare for the product updates. These notifications can be specific to all organizations or a single organization.

      These notifications are represented with the  icon. Phoenix displays up to four actionable notifications at a time. These notifications continue to show up until you perform the required action.

      For more information about in-product notification, see General FAQs.

       Action Required: No action required.

Revision Information
Platform Revision Public Cloud GovCloud
Windows 4.6.10-29131          yes.png          yes.png
Linux 4.6.10-29131
Backup Proxy
Druva_Phoenix_Backup
4.6.10-29131

Known issues and workarounds

For more information on known and fixed issues, see Known issues and fixed issues.