TECH::Why I prefer NAS over SAN (and why you might, too!)

When thinking of NAS in relation to SAN, it’s just hard to say one is better than the other any more. How does one quantify something like that as “better” in today’s modern abstracted datacenter? As a Technical Marketing Engineer for NFS, I could certainly think of reasons NAS is better, but even I could make a valid argument for SAN in some instances. Datacenters are not one-size-fits-all and not every nail uses the same hammer. It’s another classic case of “it depends.”

TECH:: Data ONTAP 8.2.3P3 is now available!

Check it out!

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Data ONTAP 8.2.3P3 has been released. As the NFS TME at NetApp, I am pretty stoked. Get it here:

http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/download/software/ontap/8.2.3P3

This is an update to both 7-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP. Keep in mind that minor releases (such as 8.2.x) are immediately considered GA, so there is no RC for minor releases. They are essentially patch rollups with minimal new features.

The update contains:

  • Name services resiliency improvements (both modes)
  • SAN resiliency improvements
  • New platform support
  • NSE support for SnapLock in 7-Mode
  • Storage and Disk health monitoring services
  • Role-based access for SnapMirror in clustered Data ONTAP
  • New PAM card support
  • Windows NFSv3 client support for clustered Data ONTAP

If you are running NAS and are already on a 8.2.x release, UPGRADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Lots of good NAS features/fixes for both 7-mode and cDOT.

If you are on a 8.1.x or prior release, consider/plan on upgrading, as it will be…

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