Virtual NetApp Insight Has Begun!

In case you aren’t aware, most (if not all) tech conferences have gone 100% virtual this year in light of the COVID pandemic. That includes NetApp Insight. You can check out the Insight preview podcast episode here:

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Being that everyone is new to this, there will be some hiccups – both from the event side, as well as the attendees.

So, I will try to keep a list of tips here and add to it as I learn of issues/resolutions. If you have tips or questions, hit me up in the comments.

First, a plug for my sessions (naturally you’ll need to register and sign in):

BRK-1417-2: Achieving Effective NAS Deployments

This technical session will cover the latest NetApp ONTAP features designed to enhance your NAS (SMB, CIFS, and NFS) deployments. This session will cover NetApp FlexGroup and FlexCache volumes, FabricPool and multiprotocol NAS. Discover best practices, troubleshooting tips, and more!

BRK-1440-1: Do More With the Latest Release of ONTAP

A new year brings us a new ONTAP release and, with it, a plethora of new features. Join us and learn all about the advancements in the next major release of ONTAP and how it’s empowering a multitude of things: Tier-1 SAN applications, unstructured NAS workloads, cloud enablement, and increased security.

DEM-1541-1: NetApp FlexGroup Volumes – Do More With Less

FlexGroup volumes are designed with simplicity in mind. Within a few clicks, you can present a single namespace to thousands of clients in a matter of minutes. NetApp ONTAP handles the load balancing of the data across multiple nodes in the cluster with minimal admin intervention required.

Live Q&A Sessions/VIP meetings

While all of the Insight sessions are recorded and have ways to like and comment/ask questions in a chat, it’s not the same as real time Q&A.

If you crave an interactive discussion, there are two options.

Option #1: Schedule a VIP session

This option allows you to speak to the subject matter experts at NetApp for an hour and get some personal information on your deployment.

You can schedule VIP sessions here:

https://insightdigital.netapp.com/sponsor/50

Option #2: Live Q&A

Some of the NetApp Insight Breakout Sessions have live Q&A scheduled, including a few instances of my ONTAP session BRK-1440-1.

To find those, rather than using the content library, use the Full Schedule link and then either filter by BRK sessions or search by name of session.

If you notice when you click on one of the sessions, it doesn’t start playing a video. Instead, it does this:

So, find the session you want to have live Q&A with and add it to your agenda!

Insight Digital Site Issues

Ok, now, here’s the first issue I ran into.

Weird sign in issue – Google Chrome

When I navigate to sign in to the Insight site using Google Chrome, I see this:

When I use Firefox, I see this:

So, your choices are to use a different browser or clear the cookies. You can do it specifically for the website:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647

Can’t find a session?

I had this issue personally – I was looking for my NAS session and couldn’t find it in the schedule. There’s a good reason for that – it’s not there.

Only sessions that have a live Q&A or other live action involved is listed there. If you want to find recorded sessions, use the hamburger menu and find the “Content Library” instead.

That will let you find the session you want.

Behind the Scenes: Episode 260 – NetApp Insight 2020 Preview

Welcome to the Episode 260, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invite the NetApp Insight team to talk to us about this year’s 100% virtual event and how not being there in person actually has some benefits!

Appearing in the podcast:

  • Brandi Einhorn, Evaluation and Certification Program Manager
  • Jim Coleman, Sr Global Events Manager & Insight Content Manager
  • Galen Kelleghan, Content Marketing Strategist (galenk@netapp.com)
  • Mike Gearhart, Senior Manager, VIP and Executive Event Programs (michael.gearhart@netapp.com)

For more information about NetApp Insight 2020, see:

https://insight.netapp.com/

Podcast Transcriptions

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 260: NetApp Insight 2020 Preview – Transcript

Just use the search field to look for words you want to read more about. (For example, search for “storage”)

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Or, click the “view transcript” button:

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Be sure to give us feedback on the transcription in the comments here or via podcast@netapp.com! If you have requests for other previous episode transcriptions, let me know!

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Find the Tech ONTAP Podcast on:

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

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 227 – Pacific Biosciences, ONTAP and Unstructured NAS

Welcome to the Episode 227, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, Adam Knight (@damknight) of Pacific Biosciences joins us to discuss how PacBio uses ONTAP for all of its unstructured NAS workload requirements, with a focus on FlexGroup volumes!

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Also, check out these other podcast episodes:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 126 – Komprise

Behind the Scenes: Episode 209 – Designing an End-to-End Genomics Solution Using NetApp

And if you want to review the Insight presentation that Adam and I did together, check it out here (requires login):

NetApp Insight 2019 Presentations

Podcast Transcriptions

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 227: Pacific Biosciences, ONTAP and Unstructured NAS – Transcription

Just use the search field to look for words you want to read more about. (For example, search for “storage”)

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Be sure to give us feedback on the transcription in the comments here or via podcast@netapp.com! If you have requests for other previous episode transcriptions, let me know!

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

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

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

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

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 215 – Netapp Insight 2019 Recap

Welcome to the Episode 215, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we recap NetApp Insight 2019. Join us and the NetApp A-Team as we cover the highlights, as well as coverage from the show floor from the booth staff.

Here’s a shot of us recording:

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We also had plenty of swag to offer, including a new Andy Warhol-inspired sticker/shirt design:

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Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

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

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

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

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Road Trip!

Every year before Insight, I’ve made it a tradition to take a side trip to a national park to decompress before the event. Last year, I went to Yosemite. This year, I flew into Phoenix and drove to the Grand Canyon.

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It was a shorter overall drive than last year and I broke it up in smaller segments again. One of the side trips I took was a dirt road that took you all the way into the Grand Canyon via the Hualapai Indian Reservation. You can get there via Route 66 in Peach Springs.

I didn’t take any video, but here’s a video of the drive someone else took:

Here’s the photo album of the trip:

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And some of the highlights:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 214 – NetApp WIT at Grace Hopper Celebration and Insight 2019

Welcome to the Episode 214, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we invited NetApp’s Women in Technology to talk about Grace Hopper Celebration, Women in Technology and what’s going on at Insight 2019 in Las Vegas. 

Featured in this week’s podcast: 

  • Amy Welsh, Sr. Manager, Strategic Programs & Revenue Acceleration (@amyrwelsh) 
  • Vanessa AmbrosecchiaProgram Manager 

WIT at Insight: 

  • 1425-1 WIT Breakfast: Celebrating Women in Tech 

Also, check out this blog: 

https://blog.netapp.com/grace-hopper-celebration-2019-takeaways/  

If you’re a NetApp employee, NetApp WIT can be found at: http://wit.netapp.com/  

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

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

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

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

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Where’s Justin (And the #NetAppATeam) at #NetAppInsight 2019?

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NetApp Insight 2019 in Las Vegas is right around the corner and everyone at NetApp is hard at work getting ready for the event.

That includes me… but before I head to Las Vegas, I’ll be making my usual road trip prior.

Each year, I like to decompress before Insight (and mainly, before immersing myself in Las Vegas) by taking a long drive across the vast deserts and mountain scenes of the western United States. Last year, I did an epic journey from Sunnyvale to Yosemite to Death Valley to Las Vegas.

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In years prior, I have made my way to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon.

This year, I’ll be flying into Phoenix, AZ to visit some friends, then driving back up through the Grand Canyon. Last time I was there, I just spent a night. This time, I’ll take 2 nights and hopefully I’ll be able to get better star photography results than last time.

Then, onwards to Las Vegas to present a few sessions.

My Insight 2019 Sessions

If you’re looking to schedule sessions, head over to the insight.netapp.com sessions page! Log in and start scheduling sessions before they fill up…

This year, Skip Shapiro is taking over the “What’s New in ONTAP” session (1276-1 Do More, With Less Time and Effort with the Latest Release of NetApp ONTAP). Instead, I’ll be doing the following sessions:

1355-2 Unstructured NAS with ONTAP Solutions: Deep Dive

This session will provide a technical deep-dive and update on foundational technologies underlying our NetApp ONTAP unstructured data solution. We will cover updates on ONTAP 9.6 and 9.7 enhancements to NetApp FlexGroups, FabricPool, FlexCache, XCP, and the NetApp Inplace Analytics Module. In addition, we will review technical best practices for deployment of unstructured data technologies, as well as common errors and troubleshooting.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 30, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The session is marked as a level 2, which is a tricky level for presenters – some people come in expecting a higher level. Some expect more detail. But for this session, I decided to err on the side of information and packed it full of details, best practices and more!

2026-1 How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at Pacific Biosciences

Genomic sequencing is a process intensive, data hungry operation that requires storage that offers immense capacity and superior performance. At PacBio, FlexGroup volumes are revolutionizing the way genomic sequencing can be performed. Join us as we speak with PacBio about how they’re using ONTAP’s data management, rich feature set and cloud-enabled capabilities to get the most out of their infrastructure.

Tuesday, October 29, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

This session is marked as a level 1, but it leans more towards level 2. We go into some pretty good detail about genomics, PacBio and how FlexGroup volumes are being implemented there, as well as some lessons they’ve learned along the way. NetApp A-Team member and PacBio HPC Architect Adam Knight (@damknight) is a rookie speaker, but he crushed it in our dry run, so be sure to check him out!

4037-1 How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at Pacific Biosciences

  • Monday, October 28, 02:00 PM – 02:20 PM

This session is an abbreviated version of the main one hour session and will be in the pavilion theater. It’s 20 minutes long, so if you want more detail into this use case, check out the longer session! It is on Monday, however, so if you want a sneak preview/teaser of the main session, come check it out!

NetApp A-Team Sessions and Blogs

We recently did a preview of NetApp Insight 2019 on the podcast and interviewed the A-Team. You can find that episode here:

In addition to my sessions, the NetApp A-Team has a number of sessions they’re delivering, including:

  • 3009-2: Ask the A-Team – Building a Modern Data Platform with Mark Carlton – Arrow ECS (@mcarlton1983), Chris Maki – Scalar Decisions (@chrismaki), Paul Stringfellow – Gardner Systems (@techstringy), Mike Palic – Meridian IT (@spindleninja) and Becky Elliott (@beckylelliott)
  • 3002-1: Data is Crucial, so Build the Strategy and Platform it Deserves with Paul Stringfellow – Gardner Systems (@techstringy), Michael Cade – Veeam (@michaelcade1), Ryan Beaty – Red8 (@RyanONTAP) and Jason Benedicic – TDCB Consulting (@jabenedicic)
  • 2026-1 Pacific Biosciences: How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at PacBio with Justin Parisi – NetApp (@nfsdudeabides) and Adam Knight – PacBio (@damknight)
  • 7003-1 NAIL IT: Making Your Data Fabric Real with Skottie Miller Dreamworks Technology Fellow, Jonsi Stefansson and Jeff Baxter from NetApp and John Woodall VP Engineering IAS (@John_Woodall)
  • 9006-2: Veeam is Getting NASty with Adam Bergh – Veeam (@ajbergh) and Michael Cade – Veeam (@michaelcade1)

Also, check out these NetApp A-Team blogs on Insight 2019:

Also, Neil Anderson will be blogging from Insight:

What about the podcast?

Oh yeah, that’s right! Of course we’ll be doing tons of podcast stuff. Here’s some photos of previous years at Insight…

I’ll be interviewing people, meeting, greeting and handing out swag. This year’s new sticker and shirt design is…

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Plus, we’ll have women’s shirt styles!

If you don’t like that design, we’ll have the classic black shirts, as well as trucker hats with the classic gopher mohawk design!

You can find the podcast stuff at the social media booth, and perhaps I’ll be there, if you can find me!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 211 – NetApp Insight 2019 Preview #NetAppInsight

Welcome to the Episode 211, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we give you the lowdown on NetApp Insight 2019 in Las Vegas. Join us as we discuss this year’s Insight themes, fun events you might be interested in, sessions, Insight Central and much more!

You can see more information – including the schedule builder and registration – at https://insight.netapp.com/

Featured on this episode:

  • Emily Miller (@Emily_S_Miller) – NetApp VP of Brand and Influence Marketing
  • Jim Coleman – NetApp Sr Global Events Manager

NetApp A-Team (@NetAppATeam)

  • Samantha Moulton (@SamMoulton) – NetApp Sr. Influence Program Manager, NetApp A-Team mom
  • Jason Benedicic (@jabenedicic) – Independent consultant
  • Adam Bergh (@ajbergh) – Global Alliance Architect, @Veeam
  • Mike Palic (@SpindleNinja) – Sr. Storage and Converged Infrastructure Engineer, Meridian IT Inc
  • Mark Carlton (@mcarlton1983) – Solutions Architect, Arrow
  • Donny Lang (@DonnyLang1)  – Sr. Systems Administrator, Plexus Corp
  • Paul Stringfellow (@techstringy) – Director of IT consultancy Gardner Systems, host of Tech Interviews podcast (https://soundcloud.com/techstringy-580399274)
  • Chris Olsen (@colsenNM) – Solutions Architect, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Chris Maki (@ChrisMaki) – Senior Solution Architect, Scalar
  • John Woodall (@John_Woodall) – VP Engineering, Integrated Archive Systems
  • Dan Barber (@dancbarber) – Consulting Systems Engineer, NetApp
  • Dan Isaacs (@danisaacs) – TME, NetApp

NetApp A-Team sessions at Insight include:

  • 3009-2: Ask the A-Team – Building a Modern Data Platform
  • 3002-1: Data is Crucial, so Build the Strategy and Platform it Deserves
  • 3006-1: Be a Multi-Cloud Hero!
  • 2026-1 Pacific Biosciences: How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at PacBio
  • 7003-1 NAIL IT: Making Your Data Fabric Real with Skottie Miller Dreamworks Technology Fellow, Jonsi Stefansson and Jeff Baxter from NetApp and John Woodall VP Engineering IAS
  • 9006-2: Veeam is Getting NASty 

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

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

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

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

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

ONTAP 9.6RC1 is here!

Spring has barely sprung and already we’re seeing the latest ONTAP release!

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ONTAP 9.6 has been announced and it’s chock full of goodness.

For the short overview podcast, check this link out:

For the longer overview, go here:

This time, the prevailing themes are simplicity, security, data protection and storage efficiency. We’ll have a few podcasts centered around some of the new features, as well. They will be available to download in a few weeks, but for now, let’s discuss what’s in it.

What’s new?

Generally speaking, new stuff in ONTAP comes in the following forms:

  • New features
  • Enhanced features

With the 6 month cadence, features are often phased in, with new features being released with stability as the top priority. Feature parity comes in chunks in later releases. Bug fixes are a part of every ONTAP release.

In ONTAP 9.6, there’s actually a new change that doesn’t really fall into the three categories above. Instead, it’s a departure from how ONTAP handled support for releases.

Long Term vs. Short Term

Around ONTAP 9.0, ONTAP adopted the 6 month cadence for releases. A decision was made to make odd numbered/Fall releases “long term” support releases (LTS) and even numbered/Spring releases “short term” support releases (STS). Short term releases would get a shorter runway of official software support than long term releases.

There was an unintended consequence, however – fewer people wanted to use short term releases, even though the short term releases had the same rigorous quality testing and stability as long term releases. “Short term” had negative connotations, and customers didn’t want to face the prospect of being forced to upgrade sooner, even if that upgrade cycle was years after the release.

So, ONTAP 9.6 scraps the short term release. All new ONTAP releases will be considered long term support releases and will have:

  • 3 years full support (technical support, root cause analysis, SW and documentation available online, frequent service updates in year 1)
  • 2 years limited support (technical support, root cause analysis, SW and documentation available online, no service updates)
  • 3 years of self-service support (documentation available online, no technical support from NetApp, no service updates)

New Features

ONTAP 9.6 focuses on upping the game on simplicity in order to help consumers of ONTAP – new and old – provision storage and move in and out of the cloud much easier.

Most of the stuff in ONTAP 9.6 centers around feature enhancements, but there is one main new feature that I think merits discussion…

REST APIs

I cover REST APIs in another blog post, but essentially, ONTAP is adding support for a standard interface that can query or make changes to an ONTAP cluster via normal HTTP GET and PUT requests.

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This allows storage administrators to more easily automate routine tasks without needing to use a proprietary model like ZAPI or ONTAP-specific PowerShell cmdlets. REST APIs also offer a performance improvement over ZAPI calls.

Aggregate level encryption

Another new feature in ONTAP 9.6 centers around the ability to encrypt data at rest at the aggregate level. Previously, you could either encrypt data at rest using drive-enabled hardare encryption on NetApp Storage Encryption (NSE) systems or software-based volume level encryption.

With NSE drives, you can encrypt an entire HA pair, but that means everything on that HA pair is encrypted. That provides less flexibility in management and limits your options with regards to which drives you can use in a system. NSE also means a common key for all volumes on the cluster, and thus no separation for tenants on different SVMs.

NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE) gives more granularity in controlling secure data access, but because each volume has its own encryption key, you lose some simplicity (having to generate a key for every new volume) and storage efficiency (unique keys for each volume means aggregate level deduplication doesn’t work with NVE).

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Aggregate level encryption provides simplicity by way of setting an encryption once when the aggregate is created and all volumes in the aggregate sharing the same encryption key, and it allows common blocks across all volumes in the aggregate to be deduplicated.

Feature Enhancements – Simplicity and Productivity

This is where most of the ONTAP 9.6 update does its magic – feature enhancements. One of the prevailing enhancements in ONTAP 9.6 is the focus on simplicity and productivity.

System Manager Enhancements – System Manager is getting a bit of an overhaul. For starters, it’s no longer called OnCommand – instead, it has been re-branded as ONTAP System Manager.

ONTAP System Manager also features:

  • Redesigned page views and simpler workflows optimized for use by IT generalists
  • Visualizations of network topology and storage hardware
  • Intelligent capacity reporting of on-premises and cloud usage at a glance
  • Preview “view” version only in ONTAP 9.6 – feedback welcomed, write to: voc@netapp.com

The preview version can be viewed by clicking on “Try the new experience” in the top left corner:

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There are also some improvements added with the new System Manager view.

For capacity, you see combined capacity and efficiency views as soon as you open ONTAP System Manager.

For example:

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Performance views in System Manager are getting an update as well. Previously, if you wanted to see system performance in System Manager, you only were given a real-time view of performance that did not capture historical data.

In the new view, we store up to a year of perf data in System Manager for historical views that can help narrow down hard-to-pinpoint performance issues in your ONTAP cluster.

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ONTAP System Manager has also streamlined how protocols are managed. ONTAP is one of the only storage systems in the industry that can support SAN and NAS protocols, but managing them in previous System Manager iterations required more clicks.

In the new System Manager view, we have a single splash page:

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There’s also a network diagram in the dashboard that gives a breakdown of available ports, LIFs and SVMs.

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Expect more to come for System Manager enhancements in future ONTAP releases!

Simplicity doesn’t just mean “make System Manager better,” however. There are a number of other feature enhancements that improve ONTAP simplicity, as well as overall productivity.

FabricPool simplicity – Automatic inactive data reporting and new tiering policy

In ONTAP 9.4, a feature enhancement was added where you could have ONTAP analyze your cold data and report back how much space savings you’d get from enabling FabricPool. In ONTAP 9.6, this functionality is now on by default.

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Additionally, a new tiering policy has been added called “all,” which will allow storage administrators to easily tier all data from a volume instantly, without having to wait for the cold data policy to kick in. This comes with some usage guidelines:

  • Use “all” policy only when importing already cold data
    • Or data that will be read sequentially only
  • Don’t use the “all” policy with random read or random read/write workloads
    • Random reads from the cloud tier are slow, and
    • Write updates (overwrites) fragment object storage and increase physical storage consumpition
  • User data is never inserted into the performance tier
    • Reads always come from the cloud tier
  • Storage efficiency savings result from inline data reduction operations only
    • Automatic background deduplication and background scans are not available
  • Backup and DR processes read data from cloud tier

Other FabricPool enhancements include:

  • A FabricPool aggregate can store twice as much data
    • 1:20 performance-to-cloud tier ratio limit removed
  • Subscription licenses are replacing perpetual license for cloud tiering
    • 1- and 3-year license terms offered
    • Term-based licenses provide more customer flexibility and enable OPEX accounting
    • Perpetual license option will be removed from June quote tool
  • SVM-DR support
  • Volume move support without needing to re-tier

FlexGroup simplicity – Rename, shrink, elastic sizing

FlexGroup volumes also got some simplicity enhancements. Starting in ONTAP 9.6, you can rename a FlexGroup without having to re-create it and shrink a FlexGroup volume at the FlexGroup level.

Additionally, elastic sizing provides a way for file writes to complete when a member volume fills up by borrowing space from other member volumes without admin intervention.

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For more information, see Sneak Peek! Elastic Sizing for FlexGroup Volumes in ONTAP 9.6.

Feature Enhancements – Data Protection and Security

In addition to simplicity and productivity, ONTAP 9.6 also brings some enhancements to data protection and security.

In-flight encryption support

Both SnapMirror (synchronous and asynchronous) and FlexCache now support TLS 1.2 encryption for communication in-flight. This can help prevent man-in-the-middle attacks and protect data contents from being viewed while being transferred.

Per-tenant/SVM key management

Previously in ONTAP, only one key manager could be used for a cluster. This was not ideal for admins who wanted to host multiple tenants on the same cluster, but provide different key management options to each. In ONTAP 9.6, each SVM can have its own unique key management system (off-box only).

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SnapMirror Sync – Additional enhancements

SnapMirror Sync was re-introduced in ONTAP 9.5 and supported only NFSv3 and SAN protocols.  In ONTAP 9.6, support for SMB 2/3.x and NFSv4.x has been added.

Also added:

  • Quota enforcement
  • fpolicy support
  • Synchronous to asynchronous SnapMirror cascades (“cascade” is multiple SnapMirrors of the same volume chained together)
    • Synchronous replication from primary to secondary for DR
    • Asynchronous replication from secondary to tertiary for backup/DR

FlexCache Enhancements

FlexCache was also re-introduced in ONTAP 9.5 and offers a way for storage admins to create site-local caches of volumes to accelerate workloads at remote sites or within the same cluster.

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In addition to the aforementioned in-flight encryption, the feature was expanded to add:

  • Qtree and quota enforcement support
  • 100 cache volumes per node
  • Cloud Volumes ONTAP support

MetroCluster over IP Enhancements

MetroCluster over IP allows ONTAP clusters to stretch over a distance of 700km via standard ethernet networks. ONTAP 9.6 adds support for entry level platforms like the A220 and FAS2750, as well as support for shared inter-site links.

NetApp Insight 2018 Sessions are live!

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If you missed out on NetApp Insight 2018 in Las Vegas and Barcelona, or if you went and either missed out on a session or just want to review sessions you attended, you can do that at this link (provided you are a NetApp customer, partner or employee) to the NetApp Video Hub:

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Simply log in and browse!

As per NetApp Insight Program Manager Jim Coleman, here’s the lowdown:

Contents include breakouts recorded in Las Vegas and Barcelona events as well as selected events at Insight.  Content is available in PDF, MP4, and MP3 formats.  The new Panopto recordings allow you to search on the spoken or written word and to increase or slow down the rate of speech (English as a second language or reduce the amount of time to listen to the recording).  If you require PPT format they will be available soon on the Field Portal for employees and partners.  Questions regarding the recordings should be directed toinsight-content@netapp.com.

We also did podcast recaps here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 168 – NetApp Insight 2018 Barcelona Recap

Behind the Scenes: Episode 162 – NetApp Insight 2018 Las Vegas Recap

Happy listening!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 168 – NetApp Insight 2018 Barcelona Recap

Welcome to the Episode 168, 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 recap NetApp Insight 2018 in Barcelona, with a variety of special guests. The NetApp A-Team wraps it all up and gives their perspective on the event. 

Here’s a few shots of us recording at Insight:

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

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

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

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

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Barcelona – Seeing the sights

No road trip like I pull off before Las Vegas, but I did manage to see some sights a couple days prior to Insight Barcelona. I also ate a LOT of jamon.

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Here are a few shots from that trip. Full album is here: