Behind the Scenes: Episode 45 – ONTAP Select and ONTAP 9 SAN Improvements

ep45

Welcome to the Episode 45, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This is yet another in the series of episodes for ONTAP 9 month on the podcast.

ontap9week

This week, we welcome Director of Product Management Peter Skovrup and SAN TME Mike Peppers (@NTAPFLIGuy) to talk about ONTAP Select and SAN improvements, respectively.

ONTAP Select is the next generation of ONTAP Edge, which is NetApp’s software defined storage solution. With Select, you can install ONTAP on pretty much any server platform you want and pay only for the storage you use. Select brings HA functionality, better performance and 4 node clusters!

If you want to get ONTAP Select 9.0RC1, it’s available here (requires a NetApp support login):

http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/cgi-bin/software/?product=ONTAP+Select&platform=Appliance+Install

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.

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

The official blog is here:

http://community.netapp.com/t5/Technology/Tech-ONTAP-Podcast-Episode-45-ONTAP-Select-amp-SAN-Improvements-in-ONTAP-9/ba-p/120575

Check out the podcast episode here:

ONTAP 9 is now available!

UPDATED: Changed title and links to 9.0, as it’s now GA. Check for the GA announcment here:

ONTAP 9.0 is now generally available (GA)!

All month long, the Tech ONTAP podcast has been featuring ONTAP 9 on the show to get people hyped up for the impending release.

Well, today’s the day.

woohoo

ONTAP 9 is here!

That’s right – the next major release of ONTAP is now available. If you have concerns over the “RC” designation, allow me to recap what I mentioned in a previous blog post:

RC versions have completed a rigorous set of internal NetApp tests and are are deemed ready for public consumption. Each release candidate would provide bug fixes that eventually lead up to the GA edition. Keep in mind that all release candidates are fully supported by NetApp, even if there is a GA version available. However, while RC is perfectly fine to run in production environments, GA is the recommended version of any ONTAP software release.

For a more official take on it, see the NetApp link:

http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/products/ontap_releasemodel/post70.shtml

So, why do I need ONTAP 9?

I know what you’re thinking – “Why do I need ONTAP 9? I have a perfectly good working copy of 8.whatever running already.”

Well, honestly, if your version of ONTAP is working for you, super. Don’t change a thing. But, once you take a look at some of the feature enhancements we have in ONTAP 9, you might change your mind…

Features galore!

The list of features and improvements in ONTAP 9 is pretty impressive. It’s so impressive, in fact, that they re-branded ONTAP. (Ok that may be a bit of an exaggeration. We cover why we re-branded to ONTAP 9 in this podcast.)

The list includes:

  • Support for 15TB SSD
  • Inline data compaction
  • SnapLock® software for data compliance
  • RAID-TEC triple-parity protection
  • Headroom for visibility of performance capacity
  • MetroCluster enhancements (8 nodes!)
  • Onboard key manager (Included for FREE)
  • FlexGroups (PVR only in 9.0)
  • Workgroup mode for CIFS/SMB
  • LDAP Signing and Sealing for CIFS/SMB
  • Kerberos 5p support
  • AFF Simplicity templates
  • SAN Optimized factory configurations
  • Performance improvements
  • ONTAP Select (4 nodes, HA failover, software defined storage!)
  • Faster failover times
  • Per-aggregate CPs
  • Filehandle preservation for SVM DR – no more re-mounting after cutover!
  • Volume rehost
  • Global FIPS mode for FIPS compliance
  • TLS 1.1/1.2 support
  • Increased per-node LIF limits (cluster-wide limit remains)

That’s a lot of stuff!

If you have questions about any of the above, leave a comment and I’ll address them in a future blog post.

A few of the NetApp A-Team Members wrote up some blogs for the new stuff:

June 2016 – ONTAP 9 Month on the Tech ONTAP Podcast!

A couple weeks ago, I hinted at some news that was coming to the Tech ONTAP Podcast in June. Now, that news is finally here – ONTAP 9 has been announced!

ontap9week

We kicked off the month with an interview with Lee Caswell, the VP of Product and Solutions Marketing at NetApp to talk about why NetApp decided to go with the new ONTAP 9 version rather than another 8.x release, as well as how the ONTAP software release cadences are changing.

You can listen to that here:

The entire month is listed under a playlist here:

What changed?

this-a-job-for-datafabric

With the new release, there is a focus on the following:

Simplicity

  • New AFF deployment templates for Oracle, VDI, SQL to speed up set up (<10 minute set up)
  • Improved and re-vamped management GUIs (Dave Morera does a nice job covering this)
  • Unified data management across on-prem (flash and disk) and cloud datacenters

Maximizing Data Center Agility

Improved Performance

  • 20x faster response times
  • Up to 60% more IOPs than 8.3.1

There’s also a series of new features being offered in ONTAP 9. We discussed some of those with Lee Caswell (see his blog here), but we will also be covering them in upcoming episodes this month.

For a short list of the new features:

  • Support for 15TB SSD
  • Inline data compaction
  • SnapLock® software for data compliance
  • RAID-TEC triple-parity protection
  • Headroom for visibility of performance capacity
  • MetroCluster enhancements
  • Onboard key manager (Included for FREE)
  • FlexGroups (PVR only in 9.0)
  • Workgroup mode for CIFS/SMB

A few of the NetApp A-Team Members wrote up some blogs for the new stuff:

Upcoming schedule

group-4-2016

The following is the tentative podcast schedule for the rest of the month, where we talk about all things ONTAP 9!

Week of June 3: Lee Caswell on “Why ONTAP 9”; ONTAP 9 overview with a special SolidFire announcement in a mini-podcast! (2.5 podcasts in one week!)
June 10: ONTAP 9 features: Data Protection
June 17: ONTAP 9 features: Flash Perf
June 24: ONTAP 9 features: ONTAP Select and SAN
June 30: ONTAP 9 features: FlexGroups
July 4: ONTAP 9 features: Manageability Tools

Stay tuned for great things!