It’s finally here!
Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.GA is up and available here:
I can also finally talk about the live demo I was working on for NetApp Insight. I even made some videos for it:
As for what’s in the release, I’ll keep it high level here and start with what I was showing off…
Given the fact that the operating systems were vastly different, it wasn’t 100% inaccurate, but it was definitely an exaggeration in my opinion.
However, one of the main things people kept asking for was a way to simply move the shelves from the old 7-Mode heads to the new cDOT heads.
“Shouldn’t it be easy?” they (rightfully) asked?
Well, now it is. The live demo we did showed a Copy-Free Transition (CFT) in real-time from 7-Mode to cDOT and it took less than 20 minutes.
Some other notable features of this release:
- SAN Break-Resync-Break for 7àC Snapmirror relationships
- MCC Improvements – Cisco 9250i switch support, sharing 8G card FC-VI/FC-Initiator
- In-line Deduplication
- Volume Re-host
- QoS node limit increase (24 nodes!)
- SVM DR MSID replication (filehandles!)
I wrote up a more in-depth post on CFT after Insight. Also, be sure to check out the TechONTAP Podcast episode where we cover all the new goodness of the 8.3.2 cDOT release!
NetApp Insight EMEA Recap
NetApp Insight EMEA is all over and if you noticed I didn’t have any recaps posted, it was because I was INSANELY busy.
In addition to my sessions and the CFT demo, I also joined the TechONTAP podcast as a co-host, which is awesome – but when you have daily recaps, that means you are doing daily edits. So, not a lot of sleep involved.
If you’re interested, here are the daily recaps of the conference:
The Flash did make another appearance, and he even did a video with our All Flash FAS TME, Dan Isaacs called “Flash on Flash”:
I also had the opportunity to talk Data Fabric with NetApp A-Team member Paul Stringfellow: