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SolarWinds Observability Release Notes

These release notes were last updated on November 28, 2022

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in SolarWinds Observability.

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November 2022

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SolarWinds Observability offers the following new features and improvements in November 2022.

Additions to the Home page

The Home page now includes the following widgets:

  • The Subscription widget displays information about your SolarWinds Observability subscription, including the type, end date, and entitlements.

  • The AWS Entities widget displays an overview of the health of all observed AWS entities.

  • The Azure Entities widget displays an overview of the health of all observed Azure entities.

  • The Kubernetes Clusters widget displays an overview of the health of all observed Kubernetes clusters.

Network monitoring

The Topology widget adds status information, such as traffic or bandwidth availability, for connections between nodes.

The Entity Explorer for network devices now includes new and updated widgets and tabs with further details, such as polling details.

You can now integrate SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability into SolarWinds Observability. Enable the Platform Connect feature and observe data collected by SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability.

Network Collector 2022.4 supports SolarWinds Observability organizations hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Network Collector 2022.4 introduces new filters for the Flows item in the Network Device overview. You can filter flow data to only display data from within the organization (East/West) or communication outside of the organization (North/South). See Flow filters.

See Upgrade the Network Collector.

Agent Management

You can now deploy the SolarWinds Observability Agent using an instrumented method, such as Ansible and Chef. See the SolarWinds Observability repositories for Ansible and Chef in GitHub for details.

The installation script for SWO Agent deployment was improved to verify that the SWO Agent was registered successfully and that the OTEL endpoint is reachable from the host.

Explorers

The entity details views in the Entity Explorer now come with annotations you can toggle on or off to show or hide anomalies and change events on the charts, graphs, and other widgets.

The health score widgets available in the Entity Explorer, area overviews, and custom dashboards have been improved with updates to the donut chart and changes to the links.

Entities in the Entity Explorer can be modified to redefine what is monitored or to change the name of the entity in SolarWinds Observability.

Renaming a service entity changes the display name in SolarWinds Observability only. The name used for the service key does not change.

Updates to the Entity Explorer, Metrics Explorer, and Traces Explorer were added to make it easier to find and view traces and metrics data. See Services.

Several updates were made to improve the reliability and maintain the security of SolarWinds Observability.

Services

APM libraries updated

The .NET Instrumentation Library was updated November 7 to version 5.1.1. This version adds support for trace context in queries with a new InsertSqlTag configuration option, as well as updates to .NET Core/5+ async database instrumentation and embedded certificates that work with the AppOptics endpoint.

The Ruby Instrumentation Library was updated November 7 to version 5.1.3. This version adds embedded certificates that work with the AppOptics endpoint.

Improvements for viewing traces

The Transaction element details view in the Entity Explorer has a new Trace Response Time Breakdown chart, showing the average response time for traces over time.

The filter options in the Traces Explorer now include the Status and Method fields.

Metrics improvements

The way data and tags are managed in Metrics Explorer was improved to better view metrics with a large number of tags. The default view when loading a new metric in the Metrics Explorer is now ungrouped, displaying all data in one measurement stream series. Also, the Group By limit of 20 tags is now respected and visible in the Metrics Explorer.

Searches in the Metrics Explorer now supports the contains (:~) and exact match (:) operators.

Websites

The status of each probe is visible both in the list of synthetics probes and in the map view (with the colored icon representing the status). The list of IPv4 addresses associated with each probe have been moved to a dialog that appears when you hover over the number of IPv4 addresses in the list view. When you hover your mouse over a probe on the map, a better view of the probe's details is shown.

The Website Availability map on the Home page has also been updated with colored probe icons representing the success rate of the availability tests, and the success rate and tests performed for each probe are visible when you hover your mouse over the probe.

The maps have also been updated to correct some inaccuracies in the geography.

When adding a new website in the Add Data wizard, the number of uptime checks configured for the current website is shown in the Summary page, as well as the number of tests that will be performed per day.

The IP address of the probe used for availability tests is now included in the Root Cause Analysis section of the Availability Tests details pane.

Databases

The Database instance entity health score has been updated to include error rates.

Additional tooltips were added to Database Widgets/Metrics.

Database instance metrics have been renamed to include the dbo prefix.

References to the Observability Agent in database onboarding dialogues have been renamed.

Host infrastructure monitoring

Improvements for viewing Kubernetes clusters details

The Kubernetes clusters details page now includes options to view metrics by Namespaces or Nodes. Additionally, new metrics for Pods, Deployments, DaemonSets, and StatefulSets have been added.

Extended support for Linux

You can now observe processes from monitored Linux hosts.

Known issues

  Large cluster deployments do not load
Issue Deployment for large clusters is not being loaded on the Cluster Details view.
Logs usage graph on Subscription dashboard displays incorrect data
Issue The Logs usage graph on the Subscription dashboard shows the daily amount instead of the month to date data, even though it is a monthly plan.
You cannot add Java instrumentation library to an Azure EC2 server
Issue When you try to add Java instrumentation library to an Azure EC2 server, the Java service fails on verification, as it keeps waiting for connection.
  A different number of daemonSet entities is created when data are sent to OTEL
Issue Not all daemonSet entities are created when data are sent to OTEL.

October 2022

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In the October release, SolarWinds Observability offers updates to all explorers, improvements in host infrastructure dashboards and widgets or a new Subscription dashboard. Learn what's new in Services, Databases, Agent management, or Network monitoring.

September 2022

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Learn about Kubernetes in the Entity Explorer or about enhancements in the inspector panel. Review SolarWinds Observability Agent and check out what's new in Services, Websites, or Databases.

July 2022

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Review the new features for databases, explorers, websites, or service entities; learn more about the improved SolarWinds Observability Agent installation process or about what you can observe for network devices.

April 2022

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SolarWinds Observability represents an extensible, unified, full-stack observability solution built to address customers’ requirements concerning monitoring, visibility, remediation, and automation of IT infrastructure, networks, applications, and databases across hybrid cloud topologies. SolarWinds Observability was released April 25, 2022 to a limited audience for an early access program. See more.

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