7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2013 8:52 AM by scottgelb RSS

difference between vServer and vFiler

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Hi Techies,


I know the functions of vFiler but getting confused with vServer option in Netapp. are we currently using the vServer in Netapp or its the older one and not in use. please elaborate.


Thanks & regards


  • Re: difference between vServer and vFiler
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    V-Series front-ends other vendor storage.  a vFiler is a 7-mode concept of a separate FAS (logical container) and a Vserver is a similar container but for Clustered ONTAP (cluster-mode).  There are many differences between the two (vFiler runs on one node in a 7-mode ha pair, but a Vserver runs on all nodes in clustered ontap) but both are very similar in concept where they segment multi-tenant access but for different modes of ONTAP.


    So depending on the mode of ONTAP you are running you could run a vFiler(s) (optional in 7-mode) or a Vserver(s) (required to serve data in clustered ONTAP).

  • Re: difference between vServer and vFiler
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    vServer (cluster-mode only): Vservers can be thought of as a secure virtual storage system.  It is made up of the volumes, which can be joined in a name space hierarchy, for NAS workload or the volumes could be individual sub-containers of LUNs, for a SAN workload.  Vservers can be easily modified as well, scaling to several petabytes as needed.

    Differences between vfiler and vservers:

    Vservers in Cluster-Mode supersede vFiler capabilities by providing a single namespace, using resources from many nodes within the cluster, support for any Cluster-Mode data protocol, and includes fully-delegated role-based access control.


    thank you

    AK G

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