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ScyllaDB Manager Release 2.1

The ScyllaDB Manager team is pleased to announce the release of ScyllaDB Manager 2.1, a production-ready version of ScyllaDB Manager for ScyllaDB Enterprise and ScyllaDB Open-Source customers. ScyllaDB Manager is a centralized cluster administration and recurrent tasks automation tool. Manager 2.1 brings improvements to Backup, Repair and Health Check tasks.

Manager 2.1 is backward compatible with the previous version of ScyllaDB Manager, and in particular, can continue a Manager 2.0 backup plan. The release includes a correlated Manager Agent 2.1 release.

ScyllaDB Enterprise customers are encouraged to upgrade to ScyllaDB Manager 2.1 in coordination with the ScyllaDB support team.

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Backup Improvements

The speed of backup to AWS S3 is improved, by changing the structure of the metadata and improving the read and purge speed of older backups.

  • Usability: Add Backup Delete command
  • Usability: In addition to data, ScyllaDB Manager will also include backup of the full schema. To enable this feature, one needs to provide CQL credentials by running sctool cluster update with --username and --password pass.
  • Robustness: ScyllaDB Manager allows a backup cluster which has down nodes as long as all ring tokens are covered by live nodes.
  • Performance: In case of lots of small tables the total upload time is shortened. Manager uses long polling to move to another table immediately when the current table’s data is uploaded.
  • Performance: improved pure performance
  • Storage: Better disk space management
    • Old snapshots are deleted before taking a new one
    • Active snapshots are deleted before purge phase
  • Performance: Number of bytes sent from Agent to Server when uploading (to check the progress) is reduced to just a few bytes (vs up to 10MB in extreme cases).
  • Usability: Sctool backup list command shows the total backup size
  • Usability: Sctool backup files command can now work even when the number of tables or files in the backup is huge.
  • Usability: Config option poll_interval is removed.

Healthcheck Improvements

Manager Health Check task is improved by making it more reliable, and removing cases of false alerts.

  • Robustness: CQL ping from ScyllaDB Manager can now execute a CQL SELECT query, instead of CQL OPTION in Manager 2.1. This gives a more reliable latency and status reports.
    To enable this option, one needs to provide CQL credentials by running sctool cluster update --username user --password pass
  • Robustness: Nodes that are known to be in Down state are not pinged (REST and CQL), eliminating false alerts.
  • Usability: Sctool status command is enhanced to:
    • Shows all clusters by default
    • has new statuses UNAUTHORISED and TIMEOUT and shows HTTP error code in case of REST check failure
    • Provides information from gossip in nodetool format ex, UN, DN, UJ
    • SSL column is removed; we add SSL to CQL output

Repair Improvements

A more granular control of the repair operation gives more control on repair speed.

  • Usability: School repair command gained --intensity flag that lets you control repair speed.
  • Usability: resuming a repair will always work regardless of the repair age. This can be overridden using the `max_age` configuration.

Other Improvements

  • Agent binary can take multiple config files (needed for docker)
  • Config files are better validated, values in config files that are not recognised as options will trigger errors.
  • Rclone base is changed from v1.50.2 to v1.51.0.
  • Go version upgrade from 1.13.5 to 1.13.8
  • Debug (pprof) port enabled by default, bound to localhost – from both Manager server and agent.
  • Logging of errors is improved, there is no errorVerbose just error message. For errors logged in the ERROR level we added errorStack that contains a stack trace of the error.
  • Manager Server and Agent transport: retry backoff improvements
    • In some cases (ex. when body was read) we did not retry – this is fixed
    • For requests originating from sctool / rest API we use a different retry policy when request has to be performed against a given host (1 retry wait 1s).
  • Sctool --show-table flag takes no parameter
  • Sctool tables header start with capital letters


You can use ScyllaDB Monitoring Stack 3.3 with -M 2.1 option to get Manager 2.1 dashboards

The following metric was removed in Manager 2.1:

  • scylla_manager_backup_move_manifest_retries

About Tzach Livyatan

Tzach Livyatan has a B.A. and MSc in Computer Science (Technion, Summa Cum Laude), and has had a 15 year career in development, system engineering and product management. In the past he worked in the Telecom domain, focusing on carrier grade systems, signalling, policy and charging applications.