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…
One of the biggest pieces of FUD being thrown around regarding NetApp was the fact that the transition from Data ONTAP operating in 7-Mode to clustered Data ONTAP was a “forklift upgrade.”
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!
Episode 15 – Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.2RC1
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:
Day 1 Recap
Day 2 Recap
Day 3 Recap
Day 4 Recap
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:
Stay tuned for more information about 8.3.2 on this blog and by following me on Twitter @NFSDudeAbides, as well as listening to the TechONTAP podcast.