Behind the Scenes: Episode 55 –Foreign LUN Import

Welcome to the Episode 55, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”


This week, we talk Foreign LUN Import with the @NTAPFLIGuy himself, NetApp SAN TME Mike Peppers! Find out how you can easily migrate LUNs from competitor storage systems to ONTAP with minimal disruption.

Getting Mike into the studio was pretty easy, even though we asked him at the last minute. That was a side effect of a ton of people being at VMworld that week. Be sure to check out his session at Insight:  54370-2 – AFF Business Processing ONTAP SAN.

Mike was also gracious enough to give us some additional info for a blog on the new interoperability matrix for FLI.

New IMT solution for FLI backend interop is live now!

NetApp is pleased to announce that the New IMT solution for FLI Back-end Interoperability is live now. This new solution offers much greater source array matrix for FLI compare to FlexArray.

Here are some of the highlights of the new IMT solution:

  • Significant Increase of source arrays: Offline FLI Array support increased by 192% and Online FLI by 108%
  • Number of arrays for Offline FLI with new IMT is 228 vs previously supported 78 (192% increase)
  • Number of arrays for Online FLI is 162 vs previously supported 78 (108%)
  • New source arrays include Legacy, All Flash and NetApp controllers
    • Simplified matrix
    • 7 to C Migration
    • Ready for AFF support

To check for a supported configuration for FLI follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Search for the array model
  3. Select the solution “Foreign LUN Import (FLI) Back-end Interoperability”
  4. Select the FAS model, ONTAP version to determine the supported configurations
  5. For front end supported host configuration click on build end to end view with “FAS SAN host”
  6. For switch supported configuration click on build end to end view for “SAN-Switch” from “FAS SAN host” tab.

Info can also be found in TR-4380: SAN Migration Using Foreign LUN Import.

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

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