Behind the Scenes: Episode 226 – NetApp Ansible Modules Update – Winter 2020

Welcome to the Episode 226, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, TME David Blackwell joins us to give the latest updates on what’s new with NetApp Ansible Modules.

For tips on getting started, check out this post on the NetApp Pub.

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ONTAP 9.7 New Feature: S3 Server for Object Access

Recently, on the Tech ONTAP podcast, we invited John Lantz to tell us all about FabricPool updates in ONTAP 9.7. While on the podcast, he dropped a gem about S3 object support in ONTAP 9.7 as well. He was kind enough to guest-author a post on it…

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S3 in ONTAP? Preview it now in ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP has supported file storage since 1992; and block storage since 2002. Many customers’ favorite ONTAP feature is unified storage in mixed NAS/SAN environments. NAS? Check. SAN? Check. What ONTAP couldn’t do was objects.

Customers were not left out in the cold, as NetApp has an excellent object storage solution in StorageGRID. And with FabricPool functionality in ONTAP, cold data can be tiered to StorageGRID and other object storage. Unfortunately, applications designed exclusively to leverage the S3 protocol could not be used in ONTAP … until now.

Why S3?

With the huge growth in the generation of object data, particularly with IoT devices, autonomous vehicles, and emerging 5G technology, we’re seeing increasing demand for ONTAP to support S3 as an additional option for scale-out storage, in addition to classic file-based protocols like NFS and SMB.

Many customers are looking for an efficient solution that works with their existing ONTAP environments and integrates seamlessly with the NetApp portfolio to bring object data collected at the Edge back to the Core or to the Cloud. ONTAP Select, our software-defined instantiation of ONTAP, can be deployed almost anywhere … imagine the possibilities now that it supports S3. Deploy ONTAP almost anywhere, collect objects via S3, and then centralize those objects into a globally-distributed StorageGRID environment or major cloud providers.

Public Preview

ONTAP S3 is being released as a Public Preview in ONTAP 9.7 GA, available now.

A Public Preview is an advanced release of a new feature or function. It provides basic functionality and runs on stable code. It is designed so customers can start playing with the functionality and thinking about how it might make sense for workloads in their environments.

A Public Preview is not ready for production workloads or critical data.

For example, the Public Preview of ONTAP S3 does not support functionality essential for production environments like:

  • ONTAP System Manager
  • TLS encryption
  • Multiple buckets
  • FabricPool
  • SnapMirror

Most importantly, a Public Preview is intended to generate feedback. What works well? What doesn’t? What is missing?

Feedback is essential and will guide the prioritization of requirements necessary for production workloads and the ONTAP team is team is closely monitoring usage via Active IQ.

Although not intended for production workloads, NetApp Support is ready to assist with ONTAP S3 configuration and troubleshooting questions.

StorageGRID: NetApp’s solution for object storage

StorageGRID is, and will remain, NetApp’s flagship solution for object storage. IDC MarketScape recently named NetApp a Leader in the latest report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2019 Vendor Assessment. ONTAP S3 complements StorageGRID by providing an ingest and pre-processing point on the Edge, helping customers build an extended data fabric for object data, demonstrating yet again the power of NetApp’s industry-leading data management solution portfolio.

We are testing integration between ONTAP and StorageGRID using NetApp Cloud Sync and will share details as soon as possible.

Getting started

Like other protocols (FC, iSCSI, NFS, NVMe_oF, SMB), S3 requires a license to be installed before it can be used in ONTAP. A free evaluation license can be obtained on the NetApp’s Evaluation Central site.

After the license has been installed, (system license add <license-code>) getting an object store up and running is a simple, three step process:

  1. Add the object store to an SVM.
vserver object-store-server create -vserver <name> -object-store-server <name>
  1. Create a bucket to store the object data in.
vserver object-store-server bucket create -vserver <name> -bucket <name> -size <size>

The bucket is built on FlexGroup technology, supporting 50 billion files per HA pair, and capacities of 20PB+. Buckets use FlexGroup elastic sizing.

  1. In order to permission buckets for use only by authorized clients, user authorization will need to be added to buckets. To add users to the bucket:
vserver object-store-server user create -vserver <name> -user <name>

To view the user’s access key and secret key:

object-store-server user show

ONTAP 9.7 and beyond

By introducing ONTAP S3 as a Public Preview in ONTAP 9.7 GA, NetApp once again asserts its dominance in data management, providing an unparalleled unified architecture and pushing the market with industry leading technology solutions for the data fabric.

Behind the Scenes: Episode 225 – NetApp Technical Support Winter 2020 Updates

Welcome to the Episode 225, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, NetApp support director John Boggs (john.boggs@netapp.com) and Escalation Engineer Chance Bingen (@CB8MyDataCenter) join us to discuss NetApp support, what’s new and what’s coming up!

For questions about webinars, email ng-supportwebinars@netapp.com

For more information, check out:

 

Podcast Transcriptions

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Finding the Podcast

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 224 – FabricPool in ONTAP 9.7

Welcome to the Episode 224, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast,  FabricPool TME John Lantz (john.lantz@netapp.com) and PM Shriya Paramkusam (shriya@netapp.com) stop by to give us the latest information on what’s new for FabricPool in ONTAP 9.7, as well as the new S3 server available for public preview!

For more information on FabricPool, check out:

https://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-4598.pdf

Podcast Transcriptions

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Finding the Podcast

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 223 – NetApp Hands on Labs

Welcome to the Episode 223, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast,  Toby Creek joins us to discuss the new public offering of NetApp’s Hands on Labs. Now anyone can access labs at https://labondemand.netapp.com/!

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 222 – To the Data Fabric and Beyond! (with Matt Watts)

Welcome to the Episode 222, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast,  NetApp’s EMEA CTO Matt Watts (@mtjwatts) joins us to discuss the data fabric and the new NetApp Keystone offering.

Check out Matt Watts’ blog at:

https://www.watts-innovating.com/

For more information on the NetApp Data Fabric:

https://www.netapp.com/us/data-fabric.aspx

And for the official 3lateral story:

https://www.netapp.com/us/data-visionary/3lateral-humanizes-data-using-netapp-technology.aspx

Podcast Transcriptions

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Top 5 #TechONTAP Podcast Episodes of 2019

Because EVERYONE LOVES END OF YEAR LISTS, I decided to make one of the top 5 most listened-to Tech ONTAP Podcast episodes of 2019. There’s no subjectivity here – just pure metrics. Because everyone also loves metrics…

For the year, the podcast hit 151,000 plays. May was our busiest month with 12,552. Usually, the most listened to episodes will be older episodes, since they have more time to accrue statistics.

#5. Episode 189 – ONTAP 9.6 Overview: May 2019

Each ONTAP release, we do an overview episode. The ONTAP 9.6 Overview episode hit 2,746 plays for the year.

#4. Episode 186: ONTAP Storage Efficiency Overview: April 2019

This episode hit 2,751 plays for the year, as we covered the basics of ONTAP storage efficiencies, as well as going a little deeper into how they work.

#3. Episode 181: ONTAP Networking Deep Dive and Tips: March 2019

In this episode, we brought networking expert Richard Scheffenegger in to discuss ONTAP networking and some best practices. This one had 2,785 plays.

#2. Episode 192: REST APIs in ONTAP 9.6: May 2019

One of the more antcipated ONTAP features in ONTAP 9.6 was REST API support, and the plays show it. This episode hit 2,846 plays.

#1: Episode 183: NetApp Kubernetes Services: March 2019

Our number 1 listened-to episode of 2019 was the NetApp Kubernetes Services episode, where we discuss NKS and when you’d want to use it. This one had 2,975 plays – just shy of 3,000.

Since the yearly listens will be skewed by older episodes, here’s the top episode per month of 2019 as well.

January 2019 (13.4K plays)

Episode 172: Scale-out Networking in ONTAP (1,658 plays)

February 2019 (13K plays):

Episode 177: Data Science (1,666 plays)

March 2019 (13K plays):

Episode 181: ONTAP Networking Deep Dive and Tips (1,821 plays)

April 2019 (13.3K plays):

Episode 186: ONTAP Storage Efficiency Overview (1,891 plays)

May 2019 (17K plays):

Episode 188: FlexGroup Update (1,941 plays)

June 2019 (14.1K plays):

Episode 194: Cloud Volumes ONTAP, FlexCache and ONTAP 9.6 (1,788 plays)

July 2019 (10.9K plays):

Episode 198: NetApp A-Team ETL 2019 (1,799 plays)

August 2019 (12.9K plays):

Episode 202: TCP Performance Enhancements (2,015 plays)

September 2019 (12.9K plays):

Episode 207: VMworld 2019 Recap (1,742 plays)

October 2019 (11.8K plays):

Episode 211: NetApp Insight 2019 Preview (1,785 plays)

November 2019 (10.6K plays):

Episode 215: NetApp Insight 2019 Recap (1,878 plays)

December 2019 (7.6K plays):

Episode 221: All-SAN Array (1,376 plays)