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On February 19 we announced a new version of clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1 and new FAS8000 series scale-out enterprise storage systems and FlexArray virtualization software .  The following is a summary of the new features with clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1. Other blogs will drill down on certain features mentioned below.




Nondisruptive Operations (NDO) Enhancements

  • Nondisruptive shelf removal - provides continuous data access when upgrading or replacing storage shelves and the ability to dynamically assign, promote, and retire storage.
  • Storage refresh automation - with NetApp  OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA), automate manual steps for upgrading controllers and shelves. It accelerate storage technology refresh with reduced errors.
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server over SMB 3.0 with continuously available shares.



  • Provides on-access virus scanning support for CIFS/SMB access
    • Integrated with vendor management applications like McAfee ePO
    • Supports multiple AV scanners for better HA and performance
    • AV status monitoring and troubleshooting for better management
    • In-memory cache to avoid repetitive scanning means improved performance
    • Broad multivendor support — McAfee, TrendMicro, Symantec (Q1 CY2014)


Automated Workflow Analyzer (AWA)

  • Automates NetApp  Flash Pool sizing for FAS/V-Series systems
    • Sizes the Flash Pool cache based on real-time characteristics
    • Estimates performance gain before deploying Flash Pool
  • Removes complexity with real-time automated learning
  • Reduces time to deploy Flash Pool


Data ONTAP Edge

  • Central management for backup and disaster recovery for remote office/branch office (ROBO) network
  • Can now operate as a single- node cluster and mirror and vault to clustered environment


Improving Security and CIFS Management

  • LDAP over SSL enables secure authentication traffic
  • Separation between Active Directory authentication and the CIFS license
  • Multiple domain search for user mapping


NFS Qtree Exports

  • Enables customers to scale their NFS environments by using different export policies for qtrees
  • Eases transition from 7-Mode to clustered Data ONTAP


Other Features

  • OnCommand management software enhancements
    • System Manger 3.1, Unified Manager 6.1, Workflow Automation 2.2
  • Performance Manager 1.0
    • Manages storage performance issues and risks
    • Reduces mean time to resolution
    • Helps assure clustered Data ONTAP performance


  • Unified Target Adapter 2 (UTA 2)
    • Field configurable 16Gb FC or 10GbE


Mike McNamara


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