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Written by Brenda Ioris




Newbies and experts welcome

It’s often easy to make the argument that “the future’s just not what it used to be” for almost any profession.  In a recent blog  Paul Venezia points out that the challenge of keeping up with the progress of information technology, along with a mushrooming number of applications, connected devices and corresponding IT silos, is making it hard for IT administrators to be generalists. 

IDC predicts that in 2013, nearly 70 percent of workloads will be virtualized; adding more levels of abstraction, specialization and complexity to our networks.

So, wouldn’t it be nice if you could manage your storage resources without having to be an expert in that, too?  The latest release of OnCommand® System Manager 2.2 storage management software offers administrators a simple, powerful, browser-based management tool that is designed to make it easy to configure and manage individual NetApp® storage systems.  It comes with wizards and workflows that simplify common storage tasks, save time, and prevent errors.



Generally available this week, System Manager 2.2 supports Data ONTAP 8.2 and the new licensing schema that is native to Data ONTAP 8.2.

In addition, System Manager 2.2 includes the following new features:

  • 17 wizards for 7-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP operations, to simplify many complex administrative tasks so that they take just minutes to complete
  • Support for SnapVault software, for efficient disk-to-disk backup of NetApp storage for 7-Mode controllers.
    • Monitoring and discovery support for Flash Cache, the NetApp flash-based external hardware memory module that can be installed on a storage system to optimize overall storage system performance
    • Monitoring support for aggregates to help maximize your data storage space
    • Support for Data ONTAP 8.2 licensing

A complete list of new browser and OS versions supported, such as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, as well as the latest Java platform, Java 7, can be found in the product release notes.

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. What could be easier?

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.

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