A while ago I introduced Runecast on my blog. I have known these guys for a while and this week I had to pleasure to be briefed on their new release: Runecast 1.7. The big ticket item in this release for sure it the vSAN Support. You may ask yourself why you would need Runecast when you have things like the health check and the “online” health check, well it seems that Runecast’s implementation covers more detail. Anyway, what is Runecast? As a company they refer to themselves as the knowledge automation experts, and I think that is a fair statement.
Runecast has developed an appliance which can be connected to one or multiple vCenter Server instances. After linking these you can “scan” the environment and Runecast will tell you about the risks. Not just from a security perspective, but it will also assess logs, configuration and even best practices. Your whole environment will be assessed in a report will be provided in a simple HTML-5 interface, or in the Web Client or the vSphere H5 client even. I said “simple”, but the information provided and the detail is far from simple… When I say simple I refer to their user interface. It is slick, and very easy to use.
Since I discussed Runecast last they added some additional features, like for instance a VRO plugin, full rest API, improved log search, Web Client and H5 client plugins but more importantly for many government agencies: DISA STIG compliancy checks. Yes, Runecast can check your environment against DISA STIG and report on any potential issues. Nice right?
This new release, version 1.7, now brings vSAN support. It also includes a new dashboard widget, which provides faster insights in how your environment is behaving. For vSAN in particular they didn’t only include KB article checks, but also implemented all best practices from the Design and Sizing guide, Network Design guide and the Stretched Cluster white paper. And they even hinted about adding best practices which are listed in the Essential vSAN book Cormac and I wrote, how cool is that? What is also nice is that their appliance is supported with vSAN 5.x and 6.x, and requires no direct access to the internet. You can simply download the appliance and install, and then update with the latest dataset by downloading an ISO.
Oh and before I forget, of course they also provide all the guidance and info needed around Spectre/Meltdown. Where normally their trial is limited, they actually do provide ALL info needed for Spectre/Meltdown as they realized that this is very valuable to customers and felt they could not hold this back.
For the Runecast blog on the 1.7 release go here.