Welcome to Continuity Engine 14 - What's New

Welcome to Continuity Engine 14 - What's New

Continuity Engine 14

This release supersedes Continuity Engine v13.

What's New

Better User Experience

Offline Licensing Management via EMS

  1. Self-service offline licensing: customers may claim license keys directly from Engine Management Service for deployments which are not managed via EMS.
  2. Install Engine Management Service on any supported Windows machine with access to internet (i.e. Engine Licensing Server) then claim your license keys corresponding to your purchased software subscription from the Support section.

New Version Availability and Download Published via EMS

Configure Server Wizard Improvements

  1. [EN-5949]: IP address & Subnet mask fields have implicit validation - not allowing typos or values out of range.
  2. [EN-6389]: Improve UX for ReadOnly And Edit mode.
  3. [EN-2116]: Configuration changes events are captured in client logs. 

UI Improvements

  1. [EN-6360]: Change active server isolation enabled/disabled logic: isolation is enabled only if automated failover is enabled.

Available Plugins Visibility Update

  1. Bundled plugins list is linked directly from Engine Management Service UI support section. Engine plugin offers out-of-the-box automated protection for client applications (specific versions). 

    Patching Downtime Reduction with Passive Management Name

    1. Continuity Engine's Passive Management Name feature enables the ability of patching of standby passive nodes in centralized update management environment.
    2. Following document lists all the Patch Management or Backup Software Solutions / Technologies proven to work or scheduled in the near future for interoping validation with Continuity Engine's Passive Management Name feature: Patch Management Solutions / Technologies supported by Continuity Engine's Passive Management Name

    Mitel BluStar Plugin v201.5.1

    1. Mitel BluStar Plugin protects and proactively monitors Mitel BluStar subsystems.
    2. Supports Mitel BluStar 7.3.0.

    Automated Logic WebCTRL Plugin v201.5.1

    1. Automated Logic WebCTRL Plugin protects and proactively monitors Automated Logic WebCTRL environment’s configuration data, services, and application data files.
    2. Supports Automated Logic WebCTRL 8.0.

    Clever Devices CleverCAD Plugin v201.5.1

    1. Clever Devices CleverCAD Plugin: protects and proactively monitors Clever Devices CleverCAD v9.9 and v10.x environments.

    Access to Continuity Engine Utilities Repo

    1. Access Continuity Engine collection of utility scripts and add-ons designed to extend core features
    2. Collaborate for enhancing and extending Continuity Engine functionality for specific scenarios 
    3. Utilities repo may be accessed directly from EMS UI> Support> Add-ons

    Snapshot Management Improvements

    Ransomware Recovery: With Snapshot Management organizations can take snapshots each 15 minutes and roll back the dataset to before the incident happened thus restoring the protected application server to full operating conditions.
    1. How to Use Continuity Engine For Ransomware Mitigation
    2. How to Setup Snapshot Management for Neverfail Continuity Engine

    CLI Installer v2 

    Engine command-line installer was consistently improved in version bundled with CE14. 
    1. [EN-6280]: Engine CLI v2 doesn't allow reboots when MSI Exec commands are executed.
    2. [EN-6299]: Add install flag to skip SMBv1 check.
    3. [EN-6305]: Add install/upgrade flag to consider/ignore SCOPE.
    4. [EN-6306]: Clean licensing data if Engine version is older than v9.
    5. [EN-6328]: Improvements to CLI logging mechanism.
    6. [EN-6339]: Log size has incorrect type and cannot be applied.
    7. [EN-6341]: Added checks for comparing installed version vs. upgrade version. Additional logic to allow a forced downgrade.
    8. [EN-6362]: CLI is enhanced with splash screen showing next steps / post-configuration for install/upgrade.
    9. [EN-6363]: CLI is changed to start Engine services after splash screen is shown.
    10. [EN-6364]: CLI execution captures and configures Engine Public and Channel connections (IP addresses, subnet masks).
    Engine command-line installer (CLI) may be used for installing, upgrading or uninstalling Continuity Engine on a specific node. 
    It was designed to be used in the scenarios where EMS-driven fully automated install/upgrade cannot be used. Contact Support for guidance.
      

    LogCollector Changes

    1. [EN-6410]: LogCollector was changed to collect Engine CLI logs.

    More Secure

    OpenJDK and Apache Tomcat version updated to latest

    New Supported Versions

    New or Updated Plugins

    1. Mitel BluStar Plugin protects and proactively monitors Mitel BluStar 7.3.0.

    VMware vCenter Server and VMware vCenter Converter Support

    1. Supported - Engine Management Service API Support for deployment using the latest versions of VMware vCenter Server 7.0 and VMware vCenter Converter 6.2.
    2. Supported - vSphere Integration Plugin Support for interoping with the latest versions of VMware vCenter Server 7.0
    3. Coming soon - Engine Management Service API Support for deployment using the latest versions of VMware vCenter Server 8.0 and VMware vCenter Converter 6.3.
    4. Coming soon - vSphere Integration Plugin Support for interoping with the latest versions of VMware vCenter Server 8.0

    Licensing Updates 

    Software Subscription Cancelation

    1. End-User License-Subscription Agrement changes are summarized in the below section extracted from Neverfail End-User Software Subscription License Agreement.
    Automatic Software Subscription Cancelation. Neverfail reserves the right to automatically cancel any Software Subscription if the Subscriber does not pay for either a monthly or a yearly subscription renewal for it within maximum 6 months past the Software Subscription’s end date. A Canceled Software Subscription is considered end of life, hence will not allow to be reactivated, renewed, or extended. If the subscriber will later want to continue the software usage, a new Software Subscription must be purchased to re-enable the subscriber with the Right of Use for the Licensed Software.

    Software Subscription Payment Awareness Improvements

    1. Improved in v14.0, the software subscription licensing mechanism is changed to be aware of software subscription's payment status. The changes are summarized in the below section extracted from Neverfail End-User Software Subscription License Agreement.
    Term Software Subscription is ready to be consumed immediately upon fulfilment. Depending on the payment status, the right to use may or may not be limited a follows: (a) if the payment is pending when software subscription is being activated (consumed), a limited forty-five (45) days license key counted from the term software subscription start date will be generated; as soon as the payment is confirmed, the full term software subscription period is unlocked; relicensing with a full term license key will be performed automatically for online licensing; (b) if the payment is confirmed when software subscription is being activated (consumed) a full term license key will be generated. Similar payment status usability rules apply also in the case of license term software subscription renewal.
    1. v14.0 licensing model is built on top of v9.0 model which transitioned Engine from a perpetual model to a software subscription term and rental model. Engine Licensing Service (ELS) enables call-home features that power our software subscription based licensing. The new cloud service is free but is required for Term and Rental deployments.  For more information on how the licensing works and upgrade notes please read Continuity Engine Licensing Model. 

    Backward Compatibility

    Continuity Engine 14 Management Service is compatible with older versions (i.e. EMS 14.0 manages correctly CE 9/10/11/12/13). 

    1. If I upgrade to Continuity Engine 14, will my perpetual license cease? Yes! You are accepting software subscription's  requirements outlined in the new EULA for Term and Rental. Neverfail will generate new software subscriptions expiring the same day as the support was paid through. This means you will need to pay for support to continue software operations yearly or monthly depending on the type of subscription.
    1. Can I upgrade using the Upgrade Wizard from older versions to Continuity Engine 14? Yes, the upgrade wizard is still supported. Keep in mind that Continuity Engine 6.7, 7.x, 8.x and 9.x are currently End-of-Life (EOL). To ensure organization continued support, you must upgrade to the latest Continuity Engine version.
    2. When will Continuity Engine EOL? Check End of Life Policy for Neverfail Continuity Engine

    3. Can I stay on previous versions of Continuity Engine? Yes, however, previous versions will eventually EOL and you will not be able to take full advantage of the new features of Continuity Engine v14. And evenly important, your systems will be more exposed to cyberattacks. For example:

      1. CEv9.0
        1. misses all the security fixes between OpenJDK 8u332-b09 (April 2022) and 8u412-b08 (May 2024)
        2. misses all the security fixes between Tomcat 9.0.64 (May 2022) and 9.0.89 (May 2024)

    Applies To

    Continuity Engine v14



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