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By Kristina Brand, OnCommand Product Marketing

By now you’ve probably heard about NetApp’s release of clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 touting non-disruptive operations, seamless scalability and proven efficiency, and that the key to unlocking the power of clustered Data ONTAP lies with OnCommand management software products.  Why? According to ESG’s survey on 2013 IT Spending Priorities report, ease of management is the #3 buyer selection criteria for purchasing storage.


Unified Manager 6.0 dashboard with 6 panels.jpgSo think about this for a minute. Ease of management translates higher user satisfaction, which means that users are more open to embracing the tools that will help them do their job more efficiently and effectively. So what does this mean for NetApp customers looking to take advantage of all the latest that clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 has to offer? OnCommand management products are designed to facilitate your transition, and help you monitor and manage your new clustered ONTAP environment.


Let’s take a look at how we do this. Here’s a sneak preview into the OnCommand Unified Manager 6.0— designed specifically for monitoring clustered Data ONTAP environments.


The first thing you’ll see when you launch Unified Manager 6.0 is a new GUI and a dashboard with six panels, three “quick takes” panels and three detailed panels showing “unresolved incidents and risks”.  The “quick take” availability panel provides a view into your overall storage health by clusters, aggregates, and storage virtual machines (or Vservers). For the availability and capacity, color-coding is used to quickly communicate the status of your resources.  Green indicates the number of resources that are healthy, yellow indicates the number of resources that are at risk, and red indicates the number of resources associated with incidents.


Unified Manager 6 Availability panel detail.jpgUnified Manager 6.0 recognizes physical objects including cluster nodes, disks, shelves, HA pairs, ports, and Flash Cache devices. It also recognizes logical objects including clusters, Storage Virtual Machines (or Vservers), aggregates, volumes, LUNs, qtrees, logical interfaces, Snapshot copies, and junction paths, so you’re fully aware of everything going on in your clustered ONTAP environment.


The “unresolved incidents and risks” panel is a summary view of issues and potential issues. From here you can quickly drill down into the detail. Based on the availability-related events that are generated, the storage objects are categorized as Healthy, At Risk, or Have Incidents. When you drill down, you’ll see detailed information about availability-related issues that can impact (risk) or have already impacted (incident) the availability of data in the storage objects.


On the right is an example of two incidents, a cluster disk failure and cluster disk shelf failures; and an example of two risks, a cluster with low spare disks and clusters with unassigned disks.


This is just a sneak peek into the new Unified Manager 6 GUI and how simple it is to monitor the availability of your clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 environment.  In upcoming posts, I will cover the capacity and data protection monitoring capabilities.

Unified Manager 6.0 will be available soon, so stay tuned for the forthcoming announcement.


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