Aspera Console for Centralized Management, Monitoring, and ControlAspera Console

Aspera Console the comprehensive management and reporting application for Aspera transfers and nodes, has been expanded to support reporting of transfers from autoscale clusters and has various new features for transfer automation and user experience built on top of the new architecture of 3.0


Aspera Console 3.1

Console 3.1 introduces reporting for Aspera auto-scale clusters and a number of new features for file transfer automation:

  • Monitor and Report on Autoscale Transfer Clusters
  • Admins may add an Aspera Transfer Cluster to a new Managed Clusters list using the cluster domain name to identify the cluster
  • Transfer sessions on the cluster including all file level details and bandwidth details are reported in the Dashboard and Activity  views
  • Transfer history is fully available in Console historical reports and for email notifications
  • Reporting is robust to the addition and termination of new cluster nodes
  • New include as well as exclude filter support in Console Smart and Simple Transfer templates
  • Aspera Watch Folder Management expanded with encryption at rest with unique secret per configured watch folder
  • New configuration option to suppress logging of transfer authorization tokens to the Console database
  • New resized tables on Activity, Nodes, and Smart Transfers pages for better handling of wide columns
  • New option to show or hide the node Map on the Dashboard
  • Performance enhancements for configurations with large numbers of permissions paths and transfer sessions
  • Upgraded OpenSSL and Apache for enhanced security
  • Improved reporting and management of ascp4 transfer sessions 

Console 3.0

A major new version of Console, built on a new architecture designed for large-scale management and reporting independent of the number of managed nodes. Also included are many new advanced notification features and configurable options

New scalable data Polling Architecture

Console 3.0 takes advantage of the asperanoded service and Reliable Query API to query managed nodes for transfer status and statistics. In the previous generation, transfer statistics were actively pushed to the Console via the asperacentral service. This limited Console's ability to regulate the frequency of statistical updates and processing load as the number of nodes, number of transfer sessions and file records increased. This architectural change has numerous benefits:

  • Query Efficiency- The managed nodes store transfer reporting data locally, and Console retrieves this data in batches via the API, reducing the number of network round trips to get data.
  • Improved scalability - Configurable query intervals, and active filtering of extraneous data (e.g. skipped or zero byte files) allows Console to gracefully throttle reporting load as number of nodes, files and sessions reported increases.
  • Maintenance - Console can be taken down for maintenance without losing transfer activity and will catch up when brought back online.
  • Timely Transfer Status as Load Grows - Session and file timestamps are no longer affected by any query backlog and updates to transfer status cannot be held up by file records waiting to enter the database.
  • Nodes can be monitored by multiple Consoles - The same Aspera node can be queried and monitored by multiple Consoles.
  • Security and Robustness - SSH tunnels are no longer required for secure management of logging data since all data is queried by Console (and is secured through SSL).

New Managed Node Clusters for Failover and Load Balancing

Managed nodes can now be assigned to cluster groups with shared storage to support automatic load balancing and failover of transfers of the same file sets. When node transfers are started, using Smart Transfers for example, Console chooses the node that is least busy. If a node goes offline, existing transfers are restarted on a healthy available node in the group. Email notification and reporting capabilities can be applied to transfers on the cluster group.

New Advanced Email Notification Capability

Console 3.0 dramatically expands the criteria that can be used for generating email notifications on transfer start, successful completion and errors with a new advanced policy-engine.

  • Email notification may be configured to trigger based on any of the following criteria, with options for simple to advanced regular expression matching on criteria:
    • Transfer source and destination path.
    • Any transfer TAG value including Shares and faspex or 3rd party application end user names.
    • Transfer source or destination IP.
    • Transfer node IP or SSH account on the node.
  • Email notification templates now support fields for session ID, endpoint names, total expected files, and total bytes.
  • Email sending history is available to authorized non-admin accounts for easy troubleshooting.

enhanced Reporting

Reports can be generated using custom fields based on transfer session tags set by some Aspera products and available in all API transfers. For example, Faspex version 3.9.+ reports user fields from SAML single sign on in transfer tags, allowing Console reports to include custom user attributes read from the SAML iDP. Console Smart Transfers and all web services and Connect JavaScript API transfers include optional session tags, which can now be included in Console reports.
Additional Reporting option include:

  • Ability to create Basic report types that do not use file-level information for calculations.
  • Source and destination paths, Faspex Metadata, and SSH (transfer) user are now available in Basic as well as Advanced Reports.
  • New option in Console user accounts to allow / disallow the user to run reports.

Several new advanced report templates included with Console on installation including :

  • Faster version of Activity Summary By Contact
  • Activity Summary By Contact And Remote Address
  • Bandwidth Peak Usage Per Node Per Day
  • Billing Summary By Month And Contact
  • Faspex Activity Summary By Day
  • Faspex Last Download By Contact
  • New option to filter Billing Report by Contact.

Console Transfers

Many new features for both Simple and Smart transfers including:

  • Console Smart and Simple transfers now fully support the new ascp4 ultra-fast transfer binary for initiating transfers, dynamic bandwidth control and reporting.
  • Admins can edit smart transfers owned by another admin. Editing another admin's smart transfer changes ownership of the smart transfer to the admin who last made a change.
  • New transfer options including Preserving UID and GID, Archive after Transfer, and Exclude Newer Than option that filters out files modified within a specified time to prevent Console from sending incomplete files.
  • Simple and Smart Transfers now support addition of descriptive tags and the display of Smart Transfer table is sortable and filterable by Tag, Name or Owner.
  • New global configuration option to "Use proxy for remote browsing". When Console does not have direct access to public Internet, this option supports file browsing and 'test login' via an Aspera proxy for both managed and unmanaged nodes. The proxy will be automatically used for browsing/test unless the target address is in the private address space.

User Accounts

Several new features simplify account and password management:

  • Console now emails new users a randomized password if the administrator did not set a password for the account.
  • Users can change their password by selecting Change Password from the username dropdown menu.
  • Administrative configuration option to set password complexity policies.
  • Administrators can deny a user the ability to run reports by deselecting Reports Allowed in that user's permissions.

New Expanded Advanced Search Capability

Search transfers over a configurable time period based on any of the following criteria:

  • Transfer Name
  • Contact
  • Session ID
  • Start of file name
  • Source or Destination Path
  • Status - Currently running, completed

New Aspera watchfolder Service Management (Experimental)

The new breakthrough Aspera WatchFolder service (asperawatchd) is manageable from within Console 3.0 (expected to be fully available in Console 3.1)

  • Add and configure new WatchFolders from the Console UI (Linux, OS X and Windows).
  • Monitor watch folder status and drill down to see details of total files and bytes transferred.
  • Monitor individual drop events and view transfer progress for all files and directories dropped "together".