Bhavik and Dan flying thru clouds.jpgBy Dan Chilton and Bhavik Desai, NetApp Solutions Performance Engineers

 

What is an IOP.jpgThanks to Kristina and team for letting us do a guest blog series. Bhavik (follow @bhavik_desai) and I (follow me @dan_chilton) are Solutions Performance Engineers at NetApp. He’s originally from India and I am from Louisiana, which means we both come from hot places and like spicy food. Home for us now is in the RTP, North Carolina (http://rtp.org/) area.  We love getting deep into the weeds in performance analysis, but for this series, we hope to take complex things and make them simple.  Check out a recent YouTube video we did on storage performance basics, What is an IOP?, to see what we mean.

 

 

 

 

 

Background

In this blog mini-series we hope to demonstrate the value of building a private cloud on clustered Data ONTAP with a strong focus on performance management through the data life cycle.  The information we share will be practical, taken from NetApp field guys, performance gurus, and IT that have helped customers deploy and manage clustered ONTAP coupled with our own experience in deploying a private cloud in our lab.  We plan to showcase good methodology and the potency of tools like OnCommand Insight 7 to manage all of this in an effective way.

 

So what is the data life cycle? 

  1. Purchasing storage - Start with a performance management philosophy and with the controller design at the datacenter and rack!
  2. Architecture - Application Service Level Objectives (Tier 0 – Tier 4) map to Storage Service Level Objectives (Tier 0 – Tier 4) that map to Storage Architectures.
  3. Provisioning - Aggregates, volumes, quality of service (QOS)
  4. Deployment - Applications, VMs, existing data and new data is deployed first to the incubator nodes
  5. DR (Snapmirror) – Designing to provide adequate protection and mitigate performance impact.
  6. Application workload - Multiple concurrent workloads servicing the tenants having zero operational downtime.
  7. Application workload redistribution - On-going performance monitoring, bottleneck identification, and leveraging the secret sauce "vol move" to redistribute the workload to existing and new nodes.
  8. Adding Nodes – Adding new storage for both performance and capacity.
  9. ONTAP upgrade – Non-disruptive operations to provide seamless controller software upgrades. 
  10. Decommission - Removing nodes from the cluster.

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Now this all might seem familiar to the point of being boring to you.

So what makes deploying a cloud on clustered ONTAP different than other storage solutions?  

Matt Watts captures it well in his recent vblog “Seamless Scalability, Proven Efficiency, and most importantly Non-Disruptive Operations”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is these concepts that we hope to demonstrate in this blog series in a very practical way.

We’d love to hear your feedback, so give us a shout.

 

 

 


By Kunal Malhotra, Yuvaraju B., Kristina Brand ~ OnCommand System Manager Product Team

 

“More capacity, more performance, more protection and a lot more flexibility” are just few of the things customers would like from their storage infrastructure. Balancing the need to efficiently manage petabytes of data without disrupting business critical operations and applications can be a tough challenge. This drives IT managers to look for better ways to maintain an efficient storage infrastructure without driving up complexity and cost.

 

Achieve Efficiency and Performance Today

NetApp® OnCommand® System Manager storage management software offers administrators a simple, powerful, browser-based management tool that make it easy to configure and manage individual and clustered NetApp storage systems. In sites running 7-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP® you can manage both environments from a single instance of System Manager. 

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PTSO Manages Everything Using System Manager

With only three people to manage their entire IT environment, PTSO, a technology services organization, was able to enhance critical services to community health centers using NetApp management and storage efficiencies.

 

For details on how System Manager helped them achieve both time and cost savings, you might like to take a look at their customer success story.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s New in 3.1?

Every release of OnCommand System Manager adds enhancements and features that customers have asked for.  System Manger 3.1, the latest version of the product, continues to provide easy access to the powerful capabilities in clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.x. So what’s new in version 3.1?

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  • Support for storage Quality of Service (QoS)
  • High-Availability (HA) management
  • Support for Infinite Volume and LIF Migrate
  • User interface enhancements (array LUNs, network interfaces, and shares)

 

QoS in SM 3.1 allows to you to set workload performance by Volume or LUN. The simple GUI lets you create QoS Policy Groups and associate workloads. This enables consolidation of mixed workloads without affecting performance of the business-critical workloads and proactively prevents runaway workloads. You can also use it to limit preproduction apps and provide adequate performance headroom for critical apps.

 

In Data ONTAP 8.x, a High Availability (HA) pair of nodes or storage systems can be configured to serve data for each other if one of the two nodes stops functioning. System Manager 3.1 allows you to manage HA pairs in a cluster by manually initiating a takeover or giveback operation and simplify planned maintenance. By providing graphical representation of cluster wide and node wide HA status, System Manager can clearly highlight any issues.

 

 

 

Get Started With System Manager 3.1 Today

For complete details, review the Release Notes on the NetApp Support site and be sure to download the GA version today. You will need your NetApp credentials to access the Download section. For customers who use older versions of System Manager, NetApp strongly recommends downloading and using the new OnCommand System Manager 3.1 GA.

 

We have also just published a new System Manager Workflow Guide to use as a reference in addition to the User Guide. This new Workflow Guide provides steps and screenshots to get you started on common workflows in System Manager 3.0 and 3.1, as well as the new workflows in v3.1 and can be downloaded from NetApp.com.

 

Want to ask a question of our Subject Matter Experts of share something with your professional peers? Just visit the OnCommand System Manager community.

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Featuring guest blog post from Jack Mcleod, NetApp Virtualization & Cloud Solutions Architect for NetApp with over 20 years IT experience.

 

Jack McLeod has been very busy sharing the results of months of work, focused on enabling software-defined storage with NetApp and VMware. 

In part 2 of Jack’s software-defined storage series, he covers setting up VMware vCloud Orchestrator to call NetApp OnCommand Workflow Automation workflows.

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As part of this, Jack uses VMware vCloud Automation Center 6, which has a built-in vCloud Orchestrator 5.5 environment already. Check out the step-by-step process with screenshots to learn how you might do this in your own environment.

 

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Then in part 3 of Jack’s software-defined series, he advances and covers how to create vCenter Orchestrator workflows that call OnCommand Workflow Automation. Jack takes you through initial workflow creation, again with step-by step details and screenshots.

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Don’t have time to dive into the step-by-step details? Play the Data Center Dude NetApp podcast with Jack McLeod, Nick Howell and Pete Flecha #38 McCloudOnCloud & the SDDC from Friday, March 14th, 2014. Jack, Mick and Pete dive in and discuss software-defined storage in the software-defined data center.  We'd love to hear your feedback on the Jack McLeod podcast or get your input what you want to hear more of on future Data Center Dude podcasts.

By Keith Kramer, Sr. Usability Engineer, NetApp


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At NetApp, we take User Experience (UX) very seriously.  Our goal is to continuously improve the user experience for NetApp products.  To that end we have performed several different types of user research and usability activities in the past two years.  These activities include: usability tests of new product features for NetApp® OnCommand®, Data ONTAP®, and OnCommand Plugin for Microsoft® products, interviews with NetApp customers to understand roles and responsibilities of NetApp users, and visits to customer sites to observe the installation of clustered Data ONTAP.

 

A typical activity is a usability test of new product features early in the development process. Participants in a usability test are selected based on matching a product’s target profiles (e.g. storage admin, storage architect).  A typical usability test is held via a web conference, and we ask participants to complete representative tasks of a product using a prototype GUI, which takes from 60 to 90 minutes. Usability professionals moderate the sessions and product team members attend and take notes. The goal is to identify the effectiveness and efficiency and participant’s experience with NetApp products. The usability professionals and the product team then analyze the data and prioritize the results. NetApp product teams use the results of these activities to improve the user experience for NetApp customers and partners.

 

Usability test data has resulted in changes to product features and workflows in OnCommand Unified Manager, System Manager, and Performance Manager.  Usability test data has also resulted in changes to the documentation and procedures for installation and hardware upgrades for clustered Data ONTAP. 

 

Your opinion is vital to the future of Netapp’s products. Are you interested in participating in a future usability test and influencing the experience of NetApp products? If you are, we invite you to send us an email to UXparticipate@netapp.com.

By guest blogger Jack Mcleod, NetApp Virtualization & Cloud Solutions Architect

 

You’ve been hearing a lot about NetApp software-defined storage of late, and we are happy to introduce a guest vlog from Jack McLeod today where Jack demonstrates software-defined storage using NetApp and VMware technologies. In this five-minute demo video, Jack shows you how he uses NetApp® OnCommand® Workflow Automation and VMware vCloud® Automation Center™ (vCAC) 6.0 to activate storage creation for cloud environments.

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Enjoy the demo and comment on Jack’s blog to let him know what you think, and if you want to see more of his work in action.

Greetings all,

 

I wanted to share the innovation challenge that the Snap Creator Engineering team recently held internally.

Our team was really excited about this opportunity and had a great time participating.

 

Inspired by a similar innovation challenge in NetApp, the development team members that participated in the challenge broke up into 8 teams of 1-4 people and spent two days developing a solution of their choosing.

The teams were then judged and scored on three categories:  Innovation, Implementation, and Customer Value.  Each category was assigned 10 points with a maximum possible total of 30 points.

The judges were impartial members of the extended Snap Creator team that were not participating in the event.

 

Note:  The innovations showed in this video are NOT scheduled for inclusion in a specific release.

They are simply examples of what our developers can come up with and develop in a short period of time and is meant to highlight the capabilities of the Snap Creator Framework.

 

The teams are listed below in the order that they signed up for the challenge.

The presentations were done live as part of a 90 minute session, but for convenience I've broken up the videos for ease of viewing. 

Each video below is roughly 10 minutes, give or take a few minutes.

Please keep in mind that this presentation was done for an internal, developer oriented audience, so apologies if there are terminology that is not clarified.

Though this was an internal challenge, we thought it would be interesting to you to showcase the  cool things the development team can do in a short period of time.

 

Team 1: The A-Team

Team Members:

     Keith Tenzer

     Clemens Siebler

Description: Remote Agent Management

 

 

Related to this video, but not an official part of the innovation challenge, Keith and Clemens also created a video on how to manage plugins, building on the information in the video above.

This was not taken into account during judging, but as it is related to the A-Team's presentation I am including it here.

 

 

Team 2: Day of the Debacle

Team Members: Thomas Lichtenstein

Description: SnapStack – integrating SCF with OpenStack

Note:  Thomas' demo had issues during the presentation itself and has provided another demo.  As a result it has a slightly different feel from the rest and is a touch longer (15 minutes instead of 10).

 

 

Team 3: A2N (Backup from Open systems to cDOT)

Team Members:

     Sajeev Aravindan

     Shivakumar Venkatappa

     Harishankar Patro

     Naga Anjaneyulu

Description: Any 2NetApp (A2N) for clustered Data ONTAP, subject to prototype A2N libraries available in working condition

 

 

Team 4: SCF in Hand

Team Members:

     Amarnath Rachapudi

     Charly Joseph

     Nishant Mittal

Description: Notification Android App for Snap Creator Framework (SCF)

 

 

Team 5: Snap2Cloud

Team Members:

     Justin Skariah

     Akhilesh Pandey

     Shreya Kamath

Description: Using Snap Creator Framework to backup Snapshots to the Cloud

 

 

Team 6: Automated secondary activation in SM configuration.

Team Members:

     Suganya K

     Jacob A

     Vivek Mattur

Description: Automated workflow to make secondary as primary when primary volume goes down in SM relationship and continue the backups on the config.

 

 

Team 7: The Vagrants

Team Members:

     Chuck Fouts

     Jonathan Rippy

     James Short

Description: Docker containers for local testing

 

 

Team 8: Inception

Team Members: Siva Ramanathan

Description: Docker containers for scalability testing

Note: In this video Siva skips explanation of docker containers as it was covered in The Vagrants' presentation.

 

 

The Results:

 

The judges met after the innovation challenge was complete and tallied their scores.

The top five teams were:

 

1st Place: Team 3: A2N (Backup from Open systems to cDOT)

2nd Place: Team 1: The A-Team

3rd Place: Team 7: The Vagrants

4th Place: Team 5: Snap2Cloud

5th Place: Team 2: Day of the Debacle

 

All of the participants and judges really enjoyed this challenge.

We're talking about doing an innovation challenge between every release.

 

Keep posting  ideas into the ideas section and you may see your idea come to life as part of one of the innovation challenges.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and we'll do our best to get the question answered.

 

Hope you enjoyed this insight into the workings of the development team.

 

Happy Snap Creating!

In this short webcast, independent IT analyst George Crump of Storage Switzerland, presents “Can Snapshots Replace Backups”?

 

In it, he discusses the pros and cons of using snapshots for backups, and only mentions vendors during the Q&A.  So first, kudos to George for doing strictly educational webcasts vs. some of the thinly disguised infomercials we sometimes see.  I highly recommend this recorded event if you want to understand things to consider when someone suggests that you look at snapshots for data protection.

 

As a NetApp guy, I have to point out one of his slides entitled “Modernizing Snapshots”.  He discusses the major things to look for in snapshots.  I won’t try to steal all his thunder, but in essence, he’s saying that all snapshots are not created equal and we could not agree more.  Here are a few of his key points in bold text, and my comments on them as they relate to NetApp (but I still recommend checking out the webcast).

 

  1. Optimize snapshot method by using pointer based snapshots.  As he suggests, snapshots that use pointers vs. actual copies are faster and more space efficient.  With NetApp, a Snapshot copy is a point-in-time file system image. Low-overhead Snapshot copies are made possible by the unique features of the WAFL® (Write Anywhere File Layout) storage virtualization technology that is part of Data ONTAP®,  our Storage OS. Like a database, WAFL uses pointers to the actual data blocks on disk, but, unlike a database, WAFL does not rewrite existing blocks; it writes updated data to a new block and changes the pointer. A NetApp Snapshot copy simply manipulates block pointers.   So … fast and space efficient.
  2. Optimize snapshot method by implementing compression and  deduplication.  NetApp® data deduplication and data compression are fundamental components of our core Data ONTAP® OS. These innovative data reduction features can be used across multiple applications and storage tiers–including primary data, backup data, and archival data–to help you manage your data resources with greater efficiency.  Efficiency means saving you time and money.
  3. Integrate with other tools.  As most people know, our SnapVault and SnapMirror capabilities have been fully integrated with Data ONTAP for many years, and in the past few years, we and other backup vendors like CommVault, Symantec, and Syncsort have integrated our snapshot based solutions into their (your) backup solutions.  So you can enjoy the benefits of snapshots that George discusses, while continuing to use your favorite backup vendor.  Everyone wins.
  4. Replicate snapshots to local and DR sites.   In the diagram below, we show how customers combine our local and remote snapshots with our premier backup software, SnapProtect, to create a fully integrated, application and virtualization-aware data protection solution, all managed from a single pane of glass.

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SoSo again, thanks to George Crump for asking the question “Can Snapshots Replace Backups?” and for his eloquent but concise answer on what to look for, to answer this question for yourself.

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Snap Creator 4.1 Available Now!

Posted by spinks Jan 23, 2014

Snap Creator 4.1 Available Now!

 

We’re excited to announce that version 4.1 of the NetApp® Snap Creator™ Framework has just been released.

It is available for download at: http://support.netapp.com/NOW/download/software/snapcreator_framework/4.1/

 

The NetApp Snap Creator Framework empowers you to standardize and simplify data protection for a wide variety of hypervisors, applications, and databases.  Snap Creator uses a Server/Agent architecture and works on multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX) 

 

By leveraging Snapshot, SnapVault®, Open Systems SnapVault (OSSV), and SnapMirror, as well as OnCommand Unified Manager 5.2, and FlexClone, Snap Creator provides:

  • Application-consistent data protection: You get a centralized solution for backing up critical information, integrating with existing application architectures to assure data consistency and reduce operating costs.
  • Extensibility: You achieve fast integration using modular architecture and policy-based automation.
  • Cloud readiness: Operating system-independent Snap Creator functionality supports physical and virtual platforms and interoperates with IT-as-a-service and cloud environments.
  • Cloning capability: Space efficient data cloning is supported for development and test purposes.

 

The following illustration shows the high level functions of Snap Creator as well as the supported and prepackaged plugins:

 

All New Snap Creator Agent

Version 4.1 of the Snap Creator Framework introduces a redesigned Snap Creator Agent.  This new agent was completely rewritten in Java and allows for enhanced scalability and security.  The 4.1 agent is multithreaded on all supported operating systems and supports new Java plugins while keeping compatibility with all of the existing plugins offered by Snap Creator.

 

Security Enhancements

Snap Creator 4.1 also offers several security enhancements.  Most notably, Snap Creator 4.1 uses HTTPS communications for the Snap Creator Server, Agent, GUI, and CLI.  All communications in Snap Creator 4.1 occur over HTTPS.

Snap Creator 4.1 also introduces a CLI Credentials Store.  In version 4.0 when using the CLI credentials were stored globally.  In version 4.1 storing CLI credentials is on a per user basis, meaning each individual user can store their unique credentials.

 

Policy Objects

Snap Creator 4.1 introduces Policy Objects.  Traditionally in Snap Creator retention policies are stored in the configuration file and schedules are stored separately in the scheduler.  Policy Objects allow you to create a retention policy and schedule that can be applied at the Snap Creator Profile level. This means that a retention policy and schedule can be set identically for all configurations within a profile. This can be especially useful when setting up tiers or SLA based retention policies within your environment.

New Plugin for SAP HANA

Snap Creator 4.1 adds a new supported plugin for SAP® HANA.  SAP HANA is an in-memory database platform.  This plugin has been in the Snap Creator Community for some time and is now being moved into a fully supported status. For questions about SAP HANA and associated solutions please contact xdl-sap-alliance@netapp.com

 

Support for Data ONTAP 8.2.1

Snap Creator 4.1 includes support for Data ONTAP 8.2.1 operating in both 7-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP. Along with the support for Data ONTAP 8.2, Snap Creator 4.1 supports SnapVault and Consistency Group Snapshots in clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 environments.

 

Resources and Additional Information

For more information about Snap Creator 4.1 visit our communities page. 

 

SnapCreatorTV on YouTube

Snap Creator 4.1 Installation Guide

Snap Creator 4.1 Release Notes

Snap Creator 4.1 Administration Guide

SoftBank Telecom Corp - Technical Case Study

Siemens IT - Success Story

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could simplify and standardize data protection for hypervisors, applications and databases? Do you also need a data protection solution that will support a cloud environment?

 

The new NetApp Snap Creator Framework 4.1 is designed to do just that. It leverages a number of NetApp technologies such as Snapshot, SnapVault®, Open Systems SnapVault, SnapMirror, FlexClone, and OnCommand® Unified Manager 5.x to deliver:

  • Application-consistent data protection
  • Quick integration and policy-based automation
  • Cloning

 

To learn more about this what’s new in this latest release, visit the Snap Creator Framework community.

By Zev Rubenstein, NetApp, NetApp Data Protection Product Marketing Manager

 

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SAP® HANA is designed to crunch data in real-time using an in-memory database. Customers using SAP HANA are using it to gain a competitive edge, with best of breed use cases doing real-time analytics for decision support. As with other mission-critical infrastructures, downtime is not an option. In other words, it’s “too big (i.e. important) to fail”.

 

Cisco and NetApp Partnership with SAP, Leveraging NetApp MetroCluster Software

The good news is that Cisco and NetApp have teamed up to create the Cisco UCS with NetApp Storage for SAP HANA solution, which is an “appliance” that has been officially certified by SAP1. For those SAP HANA deployments which require zero downtime and zero data loss, there is a version of the design that integrates MetroCluster, our solution for Continuous Availability.

 

For the full story, read the complete blog on the NetApp 360 page.

 

 

(1) The official title is “The Cisco UCS with NetApp Storage for SAP HANA” – see the blog by Tobias Brandl for more information.

Recently, we introduced a SnapProtect feature called “SnapProtect for Open Systems”, aka “SPOS”.  It’s available in SnapProtect v10 SP4.  SPOS supports backups from direct attached and non-NetApp storage to NetApp Data ONTAP 7-Mode targets with file catalog, granular recovery and path-to-tape for Windows, Linux and Solaris file systems.  And it’s “application aware” of Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle applications.

 

Many mostly-NetApp shops have some files on their hosts or directly attached to their hosts and before now, they needed to use another backup product to protect them.  With SPOS, they can use SnapProtect for more than just NetApp storage.

 

This functionality requires a SnapProtect controller license on the destination (7-Mode Data ONTAP system) for SPOS backups.   That is, a SnapProtect controller license is required on the NetApp Data ONTAP 7-Mode controller, where the data firsts lands (as a result of the SPOS backup) from the non-NetApp source.  Clustered environments (operating system and/or applications) are not supported.

 

This short, 5 minute video demonstrates how to back up and restore files on a Linux server.  We’ll soon post a video showing the same thing on a Windows server. 

Just last week, NetApp CTO Jay Kidd published his IT predictions for 2014.  In my opinion, his view of the role of hybrid clouds will have the most impact on Data Protection.  Jay writes “The tension within IT on moving to the cloud will resolve as organizations recognize that a hybrid cloud model is needed to serve their application portfolio. CIOs will sort their application portfolio into those they must control entirely (in on-premise private clouds), control partially (in enterprise public clouds), as well as workloads that are more transient (public hyperscalar clouds), and those best purchased as SaaS.  IT will act as brokers across these diverse cloud models. This will also uncover the need to easily move application data between clouds and to provision consistent storage service capabilities across different cloud models.”

 

Though Jay doesn’t specifically call it out, Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS) will roll right along with the trend to SaaS and hybrid clouds. It’s no secret that with the increase in data, cost for protecting data is a huge burden.  At least one really well known industry analyst recently told me that it’s the #1 Data Protection issue with IT managers.  And it’s not only the cost of capacity, but of managing all that backed up, replicated, and archived data.  For some data, the public cloud can really help, but most people are not ready to put their entire Data Protection eggs in that basket.  Hence, the value of the hybrid cloud and DPaaS.

 

NetApp isn’t directly in the DPaaS business, but many service providers are.  Recently, IDC reported that “NetApp is ranked #1 In Storage System Capacity Shipped For Public Cloud Infrastructure”.  Clearly, a LOT of service providers are using NetApp storage, and the Integrated Data Protection that ships with every copy of Data ONTAP as the backbone of their services.  So here’s the punch line.  If you want seamless Data Protection management, what better way is there than using the same tools you use for your NetApp provisioned private cloud?

 

If Jay is right, and CIOs accelerate their use of hybrid clouds, I expect that 2014 will be a busy one for DPaaS providers.

By Brenda Ioris

 

“More capacity, more performance, more protection and a lot more flexibility” are just few of the things customers would like from their storage infrastructure. Balancing the need to efficiently manage petabytes of data without disrupting business critical operations and applications can be a tough challenge. This drives IT managers to look for better ways to maintain an efficient storage infrastructure without driving up complexity and cost.

 

NetApp® OnCommand® System Manager storage management software offers administrators a simple, powerful, browser-based management tool that make it easy to configure and manage individual and clustered NetApp® storage systems. In sites running 7-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP you can manage both environments from a single instance of System Manager.  

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With only three people to manage their entire IT environment, PTSO, a technology services organization, was able to enhance critical services to community health centers using NetApp management and storage efficiencies. For details on how System Manager helped them achieve both time and cost savings, you might like to take a look at their customer success story.

 

Every release of OnCommand System Manager adds enhancements and features that customers have asked for.  System Manger 3.1RC1 (Release Candidate 1), the latest version of the product, continues to provide easy access to the powerful capabilities in clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.x. So what’s new in version 3.1?

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System Manager 3.1 includes new features such as support for storage Quality of Service (QoS) and High-Availability (HA) management, support for Infinite Volume and LIF Migrate.  It also includes user interface enhancements to existing features such as array LUNs, network interfaces, and shares.

 

 

QoS in SM 3.1 allows to you to set workload performance by Volume or LUN. The simple GUI lets you create QoS Policy Groups and associate workloads. This enables consolidation of mixed workloads without affecting performance of the business-critical workloads and proactively prevents runaway workloads. You can also use it to limit preproduction apps and provide adequate performance headroom for critical apps.

 

In Data ONTAP 8.x, a High Availability (HA) pair of nodes or storage systems can be configured to serve data for each other if one of the two nodes stops functioning. System Manager 3.1 allows you to manage HA pairs in a cluster by manually initiating a takeover or giveback operation and simplify planned maintenance. By providing graphical representation of cluster wide and node wide HA status, System Manager can clearly highlight any issues.

For a complete list of features, enhancements, browser and OS versions supported can be found in the product release notes on the NetApp Support and Downloads Pages.

 

Where to find stuff:

There is no additional cost to use System Manager Storage management software. No license is required, entitlement and support comes with a purchase of NetApp FAS or V-Series hardware. 

If you’re a NetApp customer, you can download the new System Manager from the NetApp Support site. You will need your NetApp credentials to access the Download section. For customers who use older versions of System Manager, NetApp strongly recommends downloading and using the new OnCommand System Manager 3.1RC1 Learn more online at: www.netapp.com/SystemManager

 

If you want to post a question on the NetApp Community about the System Manager, you can do that here.

 

By Kristina Brand, Jim Bahn, Zev Rubenstein, Neil Shah

 

NetApp Guiness Gathering.jpgI was happy to see the enthusiasm and energy from the NetApp Insight delegates hailing from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and from further abroad. Not everyone was fortunate to attend so I want to give you a feel for what you missed.

 

Growing Interest in Workflow Automation

I had a number of people stop by and ask about automation, with specific questions on how they can integrate with their existing tools and extend automation down the stack. In addition, my colleague Vishwas Venkatesh, Technical Marketing Engineer, held a session on orchestration and automation of clustered Data ONTAP infrastructure with OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) to show what is possible today—demonstrating that Software Defined Storage is a reality with WFA. It was great to see lots of people discussing and planning their next steps to introduce or expand automation in their environments. Whether they are aiming for efficiency improvements, self-service capabilities or a cloud deployment.

 

Managing Clustered Data ONTAP

As people continue to move to clustered Data ONTAP, I had a lot of delegates stopped by to ask me about what’s new in management software, and they were happy to hear what’s in the pipeline. For those of you who missed the event, you’ll have to wait for the announcements – sorry. What I can tell you is that the suite of OnCommand products continues to keep pace and support the latest releases of clustered Data ONTAP, and a lot of people are excited about the next releases of System Manager, Unified Manager, and Workflow Automation.

 

No Need To Be Flying Blind

NetApp Insight delegates were also excited to learn about a free multi-vendor Infrastructure Assessment powered by OnCommand Insight software. When NetApp customers are trying to better understand where they can gain storage efficiencies and save costs, they can ask for a FREE assessment, and in about two weeks they get a comprehensive understanding of the performance, configuration, and capacity of their multi-vendor storage infrastructure so that they can architect the optimal infrastructure to meet their needs.

 

Backup news around SnapProtect

TME Neil Shah delivered two SnapProtect sessions, which were very well attended with about 150 delegates in total. SnapProtect sessions were primarily focused on clustered Data ONTAP, SnapProtect features, and SnapProtect for Open Systems (SPOS ) and how you can manage 7-Mode, cDOT and SPOS all through a single Console Management. “SnapProtect for Open System” lets you back up non-NetApp storage. It enables NetApp shops with perhaps a few servers or DAS devices that they need to back up, the ability to use one solution.  It’s now a standard feature of SnapProtect v10 SP4. In addition, the Hands-On Lab for NetApp SnapProtect V10 on clustered Data ONTAP (NAS and VMware) was also a success.

 

Integrated Data Protection: MetroCluster

The long-awaited Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for FlexPod with NetApp MetroCluster Software was officially published on the first day of Insight. With the increase in virtualization, it’s the infrastructure that’s mission critical for many customers, and the new FlexPod adds MetroCluster software to complement any FlexPod being deployed by providing zero data loss and zero downtime. Cisco Nexus 7000 with Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) makes both sites appear to be a single data center, and manages the failover process seamlessly. It turns out we have over 100 FlexPod implementations with MetroCluster in the field – this CVD just makes it official, and shows how to set it up with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

 

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If you’re familiar with NetApp and our company culture, you also know it’s all about enjoying who you’re with and what you do. So to top off the awards celebrations, we all went to the Guinness Storehouse to enjoy traditional drummers and Irish music, U2 tribute band Rattle and Hum, and good company.

 

Sláinte and hope to see you next year.


If you weren’t able to stop by and see us in Dublin, feel free to contact us directly with you questions or leave a comment.

I’m happy to announce the beta program for the upcoming release of OnCommand Performance Manager. This new performance management product available at no cost to NetApp customers is the performance piece of OnCommand Unified Manager.  Users can view alerts in Unified Manager then drill down to dig in to the performance details. 


Leveraging key OnCommand Balance analytics, Performance Manager is designed to monitor and troubleshoot performance of Clustered ONTAP storage environments.  Unlike the NetApp Performance Advisor product that provides lots of metrics with no recommendations, Performance Manager provides remediation advice, making it easy for an IT generalist to quickly handle storage performance abnormalities.  Key capabilities include:

  • Automatic incident detection
  • Root cause analysis
  • Alerting
  • Resolution advice

 

Performance Manager’s fit in the OnCommand Storage Management Portfolio
In case you’re wondering how Performance Manager compares to the other performance monitoring products at NetApp, below is a graphic to explain.  Basically, its focus is on NetApp storage running Clustered ONTAP while Balance monitors the NetApp storage, VMs, and hosts.  OnCommand Insight is a full storage resource management solution that provides performance monitoring of multi-vendor storage platforms as well as providing configuration and capacity management.

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Key Capabilities
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the cool capabilities.  First, it monitors all of the Clustered ONTAP components from network to aggregate.

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Performance Manager creates a continuous performance baseline that adjusts to workload changes.  Leveraging analytics, dynamic thresholds adjust to changes in the infrastructure and victim and bully workloads are identified through resource contention.

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The dashboard shows the health of clusters and volumes as well as any incidents. 

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Finally, recommended steps for remediation are a key differentiator to assuring any issues get resolved quickly.  

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How to Participate
The beta program is open to all NetApp customers and partners running Clustered Data ONTAP v8.2.  To participate, download and complete the https://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-31248 and email it to xdl-opm10-beta-access@netapp.com. Use this email if you want to ask any questions.

Sign up today!  We’re looking forward to your feedback.

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