New Features, Updates, and Improvements
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Week of 11/16/20

  • Region definition for Google Cloud: Igneous subscribers backing up, archiving, or moving data can now define their preferred region when creating buckets in Google Cloud when using Igneous.
  • Automatic cleanup on systems page: Igneous will now automatically hide exports and shares from your systems page if the export or share no longer exists on your primary system, there is no policy applied to the export or share, and there is no backup data associated with the export or share. Users can see a list of all exports that have been hidden by selecting the Status: Stale filter on the systems page.

Week of 11/9/20

  • Support for Nutanix Virtual Environments: Cutomers who use Nutanix (rather than VMWare) for their virtualization environments can now deploy an Igneous Virtual Machine within their typical infrastructure.

Week of 10/26/20

  • Multi-select Usage Details: Capacity usage details can now be aggregated across multiple source paths. When multiple paths are selected on the systems page, the details section of the right-hand menu will show the aggregated storage consumption in your backup or archive destinations from all selected paths.
  • Azure and Google sources for DataFlow: DataFlow subscribers with data in Azure or Google Cloud Storage can now use the Copy API to move data from their cloud storage to their destination of choice. For more information on how to use the Copy API, check out our knowledge base article.

Week of 10/19/20

  • Support for HTTPS for Virtual Machines: Customers with an Igneous Virtual Machine deployed in their environment can now secure their network traffic using a self signed SSL certificate. For help setting up HTTPS on your VM, please consult our knowledgebase article or contact us through the Help page in your Igneous service.

Week of 10/12/20

  • Igneous Software Development Kit: Igneous subscribers can now easily access and implement any of our APIs using the new Python client library. To access the SDK, or to find out more about available Igneous APIs, please check out our knowledge base article.

Week of 10/5/20

  • Identifying Exports That No Longer Exist: It's now quick and easy to find exports or shares that have previously been detected by Igneous, but are no longer present on your primary systems. When Igneous detects any export or share on an imported system, it is automatically added to your systems page. When those exports or shares can no longer be detected by Igneous, the systems page will display an icon to indicate the volume has gone "stale". Additionally, you may now filter your systems page to display only "stale: exports and shares by selecting the Status: Stale filter option on the systems page filter functionality.
  • Finding Active Copy Tasks: Igneous DataFlow customers can now filter their systems page to just exports or shares with an active Copy task. Select the Status: Copy filter option on the systems page filter functionality to quickly identify these datasets.
  • DataFlow API: DataFlow customers can now configure and execute copy tasks using the new Data Copy API. For more help getting started using the Copy API, please see our knowledge base article.
  • DataDiscover APIs: DataDiscover customers can now search for specific data and collect usage metrics on datasets using two new DataDiscover APIs. For more help getting started using the Copy API, please see our three knowledge base articles: DataDiscover API Variables, DataDiscover Tree API, and DataDiscover Search API.

Week of 9/21/20

  • Storage Size API Update: Igneous DataProtect subscribers can now confirm the physical size of backup data associated with any path, regardless of storage destination. The API will return the physical size of all backup data that has been stored anywhere - on-prem or in the cloud - using only the source system name and path. For information on the update API, check out our knowledge base article.

Week of 9/7/20

  • New full backup warnings: Igneous DataProtect customers are able to make changes to their backups at any time. However, some changes to ongoing backups - such as changing backup destinations - will require completing a new full (level-0) backup. Igneous DataProtect will now provide a warning when a change that will trigger a new full backup on a dataset that is already protected is requested, and ask for confirmation that this is the intended outcome.

Week of 8/24/20

  • - Support for Google Archive tier: Igneous users that use Google Cloud Storage can now write data directly into the recently released Archive tier. Unlike other cloud archive tiers, Google Cloud’s Archive tier offers extremely cost effective long term storage for backup and archive data without sacrificing availability. Data is instantly accessible at all times - no latency or time-to-first-byte.

Week of 8/17/20

  • Cloud bucket flexibility: Igneous customers now have three options when writing data into cloud destinations: Let Igneous create and name your bucket, let Igneous create a bucket with a name of your choosing, or write data into a bucket that has already been created.

Week of 8/6/2020

  • API access for VM customers: Igneous subscribers using VM deployments now have access to Igneous APIs. To see which APIs are available for use, and to get started using them, check out our knowledge base.
  • Cloud capacity reclamation: Igneous customers writing backup and archive data to the cloud will now see capacities in the cloud decrease automatically as data expires and capacity is reclaimed. Igneous will not reclaim the capacity for all files as they expire, and will instead only do so when it is economically advantageous.

Week of 7/27/2020

  • Activities Page Update: The Activities page has been refreshed to make filtering activities easier, and improve readability.

Week of 7/13/2020

  • New VM Dashboard: Virtual machine based Igneous instances will now have a new dashboard that provides more in-depth insights around data protection metrics, capacity changes on sources and destinations, and total data under management.
  • Support for SMB on Qumulo: Igneous customers with Qumulo systems can now scan and protect all their data, including their SMB shares.

Week of 6/29/2020

  • Checkpointing for DataDiscover: Igneous DataDiscover scans will now pick up right where they left off if scans are disrupted for any reason.

Week of 6/8/2020

  • Improved error messages: Igneous customers will now have improved UI error messages for the most common errors encountered. Error messages have a plain-english description of the error as well as a recommended course of action when appropriate. These error messages are available both as tooltips in the DataDiscover experience, as well as in the activity log for backup, archive, and restore tasks from DataProtect.

Week of 4/27/2020

  • New systems page filters: Finding datasets on the systems page is now even easier. We've now added filter criteria to include Status, and Protocol.

Week of 4/13/2020

  • Support for SMB sources that require Kerberos: Igneous can now scan and protect file data stored on SMB sources that require Kerberos authentication. This applies to NetApp, Isilon, Pure Flashblade, Qumulo, Windows Servers and other SMB systems.
  • Cloud credentials can now be updated: Cloud credentials that have been created for writing data to AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud can now be updated. To update existing credentials, click the cog icon in the lower left corner of your UI, and click Cloud settings.
  • Restore historical archives: Archives that have been run multiple times can now support restoring any version of the archive - similar to the time machine view for backups.

Week of 4/6/2020

  • Updated DataProtect reporting capabilites: Igneous DataProtect customers now have access to a new and improved reporting experience. The new experience will allow customers to create and review reports filtered by system, export, policy, task type, and date range. Reports are organized by date of execution, and compeltion status.

Week of 3/30/2020

  • Data proxy UI confiuguration: Igneous DataProtect customers can now create, edit, and remove a data proxy directly in the UI. For information about how to set up a data proxy, check out our KB article.
  • Support for Kerberos on Isilon: Igneous can now scan and protect SMB shares on Isilon requiring Kerberos authentication.
  • Updated dashboard for DataProtect VM customers: Igneous DataProtect customers with a Virtual Machine deployment will now see an updateted dashboard when they log in. Customers with multiple VMs can navigate to each VM from the main dashboard when they log in through a dropdown.

Week of 3/16/2020

  • Cloud Credentials organized in policy builder: Credentials for cloud targets that have already been configured are now sorted and nested by cloud provider, rather than alphabetically.

Week of 3/2/2020

  • Support for non-API integrated SMB sources: Igneous can now support scanning and protected SMB sources that are not currently supported via API integration. For information about how to import generic SMB sources, please check out our KB article.

Week of 2/10/2020

  • Apply policies and executes backup in bulk: Igneous DataProtect customers can now apply a policy to multiple volumes at the same time, rather than one at a time. Additionally, backups can be triggered manually for multiple volumes as well. For information about how to perform bulk actions, check our updated KB article.

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Week of 2/3/2020

  • Updated systems page: Igneous now has an updarted systems page! The new systems page fixes some lingering issues with truncated path names, long loading times, and other cumbersome interactions.

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Additionally, the new systems page now has filtering functionalities to make it simple to find any export or share you are looking for. Datasets can be filtered by system, namespace/SVM, path name, or policy.
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For more information about how to use the new systems page, check out our knowledgebase

  • Support for proxy configuration: VM-based Igneous subscribers can now configure proxy during the VM deployment process to maintain compliance with firewall rules. Current Igneous instances will not be impacted by this change, but any future VMs that are deployed can take advantage of this. For more information about how to configure proxy, check out our knowledgebase

Week of 1/20/2020

  • Any NFS target using Igneous DataProtect: Igneous DataProtect can now write to any NFS storage, such as Qumulo, and NetApp. To begin writing data to your preferred NFS storage platform, please contact us at

Week of 12/30/2019

  • Any S3 target using Igneous DataProtect: Igneous DataProtect can now write to any object storage provider - including Wasabi, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), NetApp StorageGrid - or any other S3-compliant storage platform. To begin writing data to your preferred S3 storage system, please contact us at

Week of 12/2/2019

  • Scan status for DataDiscover: Iconography and tooltips were added to indicate when DataDiscover scans were currently running, or had failed. This information can be used to help better understand the current status of DataDiscover metadata collection and analysis.

Week of 11/18/2019

  • Proxy for private IPs for Igneous DataProtect: Igneous can now write backup and archive data into AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Storage through private IPs using a cloud hosted proxy. This capability enables subscribers to use the higher bandwidth provided through AWS DirectConnect, Azure Express Route, or Google Interconnect without writing sensitive data through public IPs. To begin using a proxy connection for your data, please contact us at

Week of 11/4/2019

  • Access-Time for Igneous DataDiscover: Igneous DataDiscover can now classify all your unstructured data using access-time (A-Time) or modified time (M-Time). This allows subscribers to quickly identify which datasets are still in use, and which datasets have truly gone cold, regardless of how you define data usage. This feature is automatically deployed to all DataDiscover subscribers.

Week of 10/28/2019

  • Restore checkpointing for Igneous DataProtect: Igneous DataProtect will now checkpoint all restore tasks to allow restores to pickup right where they left off if they are disrupted. This feature is now enabled for all DataProtect subscribers.

  • Manual rescans for DataDiscover: Igneous DataDiscover subscribers can now initiate DataDiscover scans whenever they'd like through the UI. Scheduled scans will always run (typically on Saturdays), however subscribers can now initiate a scan of any system, export, or directory at any time. This feature is now enabled for all DataDiscover subscribers.

Previous releases

Release notes were previously published in a weekly pdf format. For any specific inquiries about features released prior to October 28th, please contact us at

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