To continuously improve service capabilities and stability, the Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS) R&D team regularly iterates Application Monitoring and releases the latest versions of the ARMS agent. We recommend that you update the ARMS agent in a timely manner.
Updates of the ARMS agent provide the following benefits:
Supports new features of ARMS. Advanced ARMS capabilities such as CPU and memory diagnostics and hotspot code analysis are fully supported only by the latest versions of the ARMS agent.
Supports the new versions of open source components. Open source Java components are iterated quickly. The latest versions of the ARMS agent continuously support the new versions of these components.
Fixes bugs. The ARMS agent continuously fixes the bugs of the old versions.
Improves performance and stability. The latest versions of the ARMS agent continuously optimize application performance and improve the stability of the agent.
Improves security. Based on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) system, the latest versions of the ARMS agent regularly fix the security risks of the components.
Due to the preceding reasons, on September 1, 2023, ARMS Application Monitoring has introduced the agent lifecycle policy to help you update the ARMS agent in a timely manner.
The lifecycle of each ARMS agent that is officially released lasts for six months, effective from the release date.
Two months before the end of the lifecycle, the ARMS console sends you internal messages to remind you that you need to update the ARMS agent.
After the ARMS agent expires, the ARMS service is not affected. However, if you contact technical support, we will urge you to update the agent first.
The agent lifecycle policy has taken effect from September 1, 2023. A six-month buffer period is reserved for all ARMS agents released before September 1, 2023. These agents will expire on March 1, 2024.
Update the ARMS agent
For applications connected from container environments or applications automatically installed with the ARMS agent in the ARMS console, the ARMS agent can be automatically updated.
For applications for which you manually install the ARMS agent, we recommend that you check the version of the agent at least once every other month and update the agent. For more information, see How do I update the ARMS agent for Java applications?