Behind the Scenes: Episode 240 – NetApp ONTAP S3

Welcome to the Episode 240, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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In this podcast episode,  NetApp StorageGRID has long been the go-to solution for S3 when dealing with the NetApp portfolio. But, due to popular demand, S3 is now in ONTAP as a public preview!

NetApp’s StorageGRID’s Senior Director and Object Store PM Duncan Moore (@NCdunc, dmoore@netapp.com) joins us, along with StorageGRID Solutions Architect Luke Mun (@lukamun, luke.mun@netapp.com), ONTAP S3 PM James Hunter (@jameshunter, james.hunter@netapp.com) and TME John Lantz (john.lantz@netapp.com), as we discuss the ins and outs of ONTAP S3 and where it fits alongside StorageGRID in the NetApp object storage solution portfolio.

Check out the ONTAP S3 TR here:

TR-4814: S3 Public Preview ONTAP 9.7

Note: LIST bucket was mentioned as unsupported in ONTAP 9.7; support for it has been added to 9.7P2.

Podcast Transcriptions

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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 Select, 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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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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Behind the Scenes: Episode 210 – Rubrik 101

Welcome to the Episode 210, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we discuss the recently announced NetApp-Rubrik partnership and cover the basics of what Rubrik is and can do for NAS data protection with Rubrik PM Tony Zhou (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-zhou-rubrik/), Rubrik Technical Partner Manager Pierre-François Guglielmi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pfguglielmi/) and NetApp’s Yossi Weihs (https://www.linkedin.com/n/yossiw/), Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie), and Dan Issacs (@danisaacs)!

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For more information on Rubrik, check out rubrik.com!

A couple of clarifying notes:

  • When Rubrik refers to “CDM”, this is Cloud Data Management – Rubrik’s catch all phrase for their cloud architected platform.
  • When Rubrik refers to Snapshots, they refer to their backup files as stored on their archive tier storage. So … Rubrik Snapshots are about abilities very similar to ONTAP Snapshots – retention policies, locking and immutability. Rubrik does not manage Storage snapshots for policy based retention.

Finding the Podcast

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

Welcome to the Episode 209, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we talk genomics and how to design an end to end solution using NetApp products across the portfolio with Cloud Solution Architect Florian Fledhaus (@flfeld). 

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 179 – StorageGRID WebScale 11.2

Welcome to the Episode 179, 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 chat about the latest release of NetApp’s object storage solution – StorageGRID Webscale 11.2! Join us as we ask StorageGRID software director Duncan Moore (@NCDunc) and Global Solutions Architect Luke Mun (mun@netapp.com) all about StorageGRID and object storage.  I also had a guest host with me – Dan Isaacs! (@danisaacs)

Also, if you’re interested in the song from the kids’ show I was referring to (and Dan was singing, here it is:

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 141 FabricPool Enhancements in ONTAP 9.4

Welcome to the Episode 141, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, FabricPools Lifeguard/TME John Lantz discusses the latest enhancements to the cloud-connected feature in ONTAP 9.4, as well as the technical details behind how FabricPools work.

Finding the Podcast

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Be sure to also check out the FabricPools overview:

And deep dive:

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 123 – StorageGRID 11

Welcome to the Episode 123, 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 bring in Tech ONTAP Podcast vet Duncan Moore (@NCDunc) to give us a rundown of StorageGRID 11, NetApp’s object storage solution!

Learn more about StorageGRID 11 here:

https://blog.netapp.com/storagegrid-11-0-the-best-cloud-integrated-object-storage-period/

Finding the Podcast

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 84 – StorageGRID WebScale 10.4

Welcome to the Episode 84, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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In case you didn’t notice, we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus the past two weeks. First, I had my appendix removed and then vacation. Then, we recorded episode 84 and had it ready to go for Friday, but were informed we had to wait until Monday because that’s when the release shipped. But, we’re taking care of you this week – we have THREE episodes lined up. Stay tuned for episodes to drop on Thursday and Friday of the week of May 8, 2017!

We’re kicking off the week with StorageGRID 10.4 with the StorageGRID Director, Duncan Moore (@NCDunc). Not only do we chat about the 10.4 release, (which is available Monday, May 8 2017) but we also talked a bit about 10.3 (which we forgot to cover) and the overall state of the object storage market today.

What is StorageGRID WebScale?

The StorageGRID Webscale system is a distributed object storage system that uses a grid architecture to distribute copies of object data throughout the system. The result is a system where data is protected from loss and continuously available.

Finding the Podcast

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