Behind the Scenes: Episode 219 – FlexVol to FlexGroup Conversion

Welcome to the Episode 219, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we invite the NetApp FlexGroup Technical Director, Dan Tennant, and FlexGroup developer Jessica Peters, to talk to us about the ins and outs of converting a FlexVol to a FlexGroup in-place, with no copy and no outage!

I also cover the process in detail in this blog post:

FlexGroup Conversion: Moving from FlexVols to FlexGroups the Easy Way

Expect official documentation on it in the coming weeks.

For more information or questions about FlexGroup volumes, email us at flexgroups-info@netapp.com!

Podcast Transcriptions

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Episode 219: FlexVol to FlexGroup Conversion Transcription

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 218 – NetApp E-Series Updates – Fall 2019

Welcome to the Episode 218, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, E-Series PM Younes Ben-Brahim and TME Todd Edwards join us to discuss the latest in E-Series, including the new BeeGFS platform offering.

Podcast Transcriptions

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Episode 218: E-Series Updates Transcription

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Finding the Podcast

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 217 – ONTAP 9.7

Welcome to the Episode 217, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we talk about the latest release of ONTAP, as well as the new All-SAN array!

Featured in this week’s podcast:

  • NetApp SVP Octavian Tanase
  • NetApp Director Jeff Baxter
  • NetApp Product Marketing Manager Jon Jacob
  • Netapp Technical Product Marketing Manager Skip Shapiro
  • NetApp TMEs Dan Isaacs and Mike Peppers

Podcast Transcriptions

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Episode 217: ONTAP 9.7 Transcription

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Finding the Podcast

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 216 – NetApp StorageGrid 11.3 and New Platforms

Welcome to the Episode 216, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we cover the latest release of NetApp StorageGrid 11.3, as well as the new all-flash platform, which is first of its kind in the object storage industry! Join Sr. Director, StorageGRID Software Group Duncan Moore (@NCDunc, duncan.moore@netapp.com) and software developer Morgan Mears (morgan.mears@netapp.com) as they tell us all about it.

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 216: NetApp StorageGrid 11.3 Transcription

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Finding the Podcast

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ONTAP 9.5 is now GA!

ONTAP 9 is on a new cadence model, which brings a new release every 6 months.

Today, ONTAP 9.5GA is available here!

http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/download/software/ontap/9.5

Also, check out the documentation center:

docs.netapp.com/ontap-9/index.jsp

I wrote up a larger overview blog here:

ONTAP 9.5RC1 is available!

Here’s the podcast list:

Also, ONTAP Select 9.5 is available. Here’s what’s in that release:

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We also have a new lightboard video, where I forgot that they record in a black background.

Enjoy my floating head:

ONTAP 9.4 is now GA!

ONTAP 9 is on a new cadence model, which brings a new release every 6 months.

Today, ONTAP 9.4GA is available here!

http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/download/software/ontap/9.4

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Also, check out the documentation center:

docs.netapp.com/ontap-9/index.jsp

NetApp published a general overview blog on NVMe with Joel Reich here:

https://blog.netapp.com/the-future-is-here-ai-ready-cloud-connected-all-flash-storage-with-nvme/

Jeff Baxter’s blog is here:

https://blog.netapp.com/netapp-ontap-9-4-is-ga-modernize-your-it-architecture-with-cloud-connected-flash/

We also did an overview podcast:

And a few others on ONTAP 9.4:

And a lightboard video:

This is a brief list of the new features…

Cloud!

Fabric Pool enhancements include:

  • Tiering to Microsoft Azure Blob storage
  • Tiering of active file system data
  • Predictive performance with the object storage profiler
  • Predictive space savings for Fabric Pool before you enable it

Efficiency!

  • Increased Snapshot limits – 1,023 per volume!
  • Background aggregate level deduplication scanner
  • Automatic enable of all storage efficiencies on data protection volumes
  • Support for 30TB SAS attached SSDs
  • Deduplication across snapshots and active file system
  • Reduced node root volume sizes on new platforms

Performance!

  • End-to-end NVMe support (NVMe attached drives in the new A800 + NVMe over fibre channel support)
  • SMB multichannel support
  • 100GbE Ethernet support

Security!

  • Secure purge of files (crypto-shred!)
  • Secure boot via UEFI on new platforms
  • Validated ONTAP images
  • Protected controller reboot

I went into more detail about the features in the RC blog here:

ONTAP 9.4RC1 is now available!

For more information, check out these brief videos for some lightboard action on new ONTAP 9.4 stuff:

Some other information on the launch can be found as follows:

GCP Cloud Volumes for NFS with native access to the GCP tool suite (Google Cloud)
https://blog.netapp.com/sweet-new-storage-service-from-netapp-for-google-cloud-platform/ 

Storage Grid Update 11.1
https://blog.netapp.com/storagegrid-11-1-and-netapp-hci-the-perfect-one-two-punch-for-scaling-your-environment/ 

A800 and the A220
https://blog.netapp.com/the-future-is-here-ai-ready-cloud-connected-all-flash-storage-with-nvme/ 

ONTAP 9.4 with first to market NVMe/FC support
http://www.demartek.com/Demartek_NetApp_Broadcom_NVMe_over_Fibre_Channel_Evaluation_2018-05.html

NVMe… so hot right now.

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Recently, our good friends* at The Register wrote an article about NetApp’s NVMe strategy and how ONTAP will eventually work the technology into its architecture over time, rather than force-feeding customers NVMe.

* Good friends because they’re currently being nice to us. 😛

From the article:

Faster fabric interconnects such as 25/50/100Gbit Ethernet, 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and NVME-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) were bringing network access speeds up to better access the faster media types coming. NetApp will initially use the new media selectively, then scale its adoption and fully integrate it, leading to broader adoption and optimised media.

NetApp Chief Evangelist, Jeff Baxter (@baxontap), recently spoke about NetApp’s NVMe direction at the Flash Memory Summit. You can view that here:

https://www.flashmemorysummit.com/English/Collaterals/Proceedings/2017/20170810_Keynote14_NetApp.pdf

What is NVMe?

A common misconception about NVMe (the “e” stands for express!) is that it’s a *thing,* like a specific type of drive. Rather, it’s a way to connect things to faster, bigger pipes. Think of it as a way to replace SAS adapters. Some think it will change the world. Others think it’s just another eventuality in the storage industry. Did people get this excited about SAS adapters?

We attempt to “demystify” NVMe in Episode 72 of the Tech ONTAP podcast:

We also discuss it with Jeff Steiner (@tweetofsteiner) in this Episode 79:

One under the radar move towards a NVMe future was the acquisition of PlexiStor, which was already ahead of the curve with software designed to take advantage of the benefits of NVMe, as well as Storage Class Memory. How NetApp integrates PlexiStor’s intellectual property in the future remains to be seen…

Does NetApp currently use NVMe?

Actually, yes! But the way we use it is in an onboard caching mechanism, currently. For example, the new FAS26xx series uses an onboard 1TB NVMe attached read cache, along with other systems. NetApp CSE Keith Aasen (@keith_aasen) does a great job breaking down the whys and hows of that in this blog:

NMVe – A Step Into The Future

NetApp A-Team member John Woodall (@John_Woodall) also gives a nice breakdown of NetApp and NVMe here:

NetApp and NVMe – The Rest of the Story

NetApp Principal Architect Andy Grimes (@Andy_NTAP_Flash) discusses NVMe here with John Woodall:

As with anything new and exciting, stay tuned for more possible announcements concerning NVMe. Perhaps even at this year’s NetApp Insight conference.

If you want to stay up to date on the latest in NVMe at NetApp, be sure to bookmark the new NetApp NVMe landing page!

http://www.netapp.com/us/info/nvme.aspx

Behind the Scenes: Episode 72 – Demystifying NVMe

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Welcome to the Episode 72, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invited a gaggle of NetApp’s flash brain trust to discuss the emerging technology NVMe and its place within the storage landscape and attempt to demystify it.

Is NVMe the future or a passing trend? And where does NVMe fit within the NetApp product portfolio?

Featured on the podcast (in alphabetical order):

  • Andy Banta, Storage Janitor at NetApp SolidFire (@andybanta)
  • Val Bercovici, CTO for NetApp SolidFire (@valb00)
  • Andy Grimes, Mr. Flash/Principal Architect for Flash at NetApp (@andy_NTAP_flash)
  • Mark Harrison, NetApp SE (@NetApp_Mark)
  • Anthony Whitehouse, Senior Product Manager at NetApp (@apwhitehouse)
  • John Woodall, VP, Engineering at Integrated Archive Systems; NetApp A-Team member (@John_Woodall)

Keith Aasen, NetApp Solutions Architect also gives some perspective on NVMe in this blog post:

http://community.netapp.com/t5/Technology/NVMe-A-Step-into-the-Future/ba-p/127309

Also check out Val Bercovici in this article on NVMe from The Register:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/31/netapp_and_nvme_drives_and_fabric_access/

Also, be sure to check out NetApp’s new NVMe landing page here:

http://www.netapp.com/us/info/nvme.aspx

Finding the Podcast

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

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

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http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

You can listen here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 71 – SPC-1 benchmark and the A700s

Welcome to the Episode 71, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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We decided to do a mid-week release of the podcast to talk about the brand new AFF platform, as well as the insanely high results from the SPC-1 benchmark test! We bring in the performance team, featuring Chad Morgenstern and Jim Laing, to talk numbers. Then, we invite Mr. Flash, Andy Grimes (@andy_ntap_flash),  to give us the lowdown on the new compact beast, the A700s.

Finding the Podcast

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

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

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You can listen here:

SolidFire Analyst Day News #BringOnTheFuture

Today, SolidFire announced a few things during their Analyst Day.

First of all, they have new branding – one that’s more in line with the NetApp color scheme.

Secondly, there’s a pretty rad new robot on the solidfire.com site, who totally looks like he’s contemplating his own existence:

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They’ve also announced the intent to create a SolidFire FlexPod solution, as well as the new Element 9 OS.

Flash Forward

Most importantly, SolidFire promised that June 2 would change the storage industry forever. And it seems like they might have done just that with a new way to think about how customers purchase storage. The Flash Forward program offers flexibility for customers – you only pay for what you use – and promises to “future proof” your purchases. The concept has promise – but ultimately, customers will decide if it’s the right approach for them. I tend to think they’ll hop onboard, as well as the rest of the storage industry.

How’s that for change?

Some of the NetApp A-Team blogged about the event:

In addition, the Tech ONTAP podcast team spoke with the SolidFire CTO, Val Bercovici (@valb00) about the announcement. There’s a mini-podcast here:

Also, be sure to check out ONTAP 9 month on  the podcast. I blogged about it here.