What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 13

How to measure storage performance

SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association), hardcore 4h!

Technical Support

  • Flat and predictable support pricing
  • OneCollect available in a container and now sends info to Active IQ
  • You can buy managed services so Firmware upgrades on your storage will be managed for you

How to collect logs before open a support ticket

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Array

NetApp is in top right corner.

Will NetApp adopt QLC flash in 2020?

https://blocksandfiles.com/2019/10/30/netapp-will-adopt-qlc-flash-in-2020/

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NetApp Kubernetes Services (NKS)

At start NKS was available in public clouds, then NetApp added NKS to on-prem NetApp HCI. And on VMworld 2019 in Las Vegas, before Insight 2019 NetApp announced NKS on VMware (no NetApp HCI platform needed).

Containers

Kubernetes Volume Snapshots & FlexClones with Trident for Cloud & On-Prem.

In August, NetApp took its Managed Kubernetes Service to the next level with a new partnership with VMware, allowing users to manage workloads and infrastructure across public and private environments in a single pane of glass.

NetApp Trident

Ansible

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What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 11

New Solutions

  • Healthcare and Automotive AI solutions validated ONTAP AI
  • Design and recipe using NKS with rapid deployment for CI/CD pipeline use case and both public and private clouds
  • End-to-end DevOps CI/CD on NetApp HCI
  • FlexPod validated as a deployment target for NetApp Kubernetes Service
  • SAP HANA validated on FlexPod (Memory-Accelerated FlexPod) including Optane memory and SnapCenter data protection
  • Citrix XenDesktop 7 designs for knowledge workers and GPU assisted VDI for power users
  • Entry-level FlexPod with NetApp C190 and Cisco UCS C220 for enterprise robustness to medium size business
  • FlexPod with FabricPool
  • FlexPod ransomware prevention and mitigation
    • Pre-emptive hardening
    • Recovery and remediation
  • Data Protection and Security Assessment
    • Identify and mitigate risks from security gaps, ransomware
    • Leverages OCI, Cloud Secure/Cloud Insights
  • And many more

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What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 10

SaaS Backup

SaaS backup for Salesforce

Now available in Salesforce marketplace

Cloud Volumes

  • Azure NetApp Files certified for AzureGov region and FedRAMP
  • SAP HANA now certified on ANF
  • Kerberos and ACL for Azure NetApp Files (ANF) and Cloud Volumes Service (CVS) with NFS v4.1
  • Cloud Manager supports NKS & Cloud Compliance
  • Cloud Manager to Deploy Trident and Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • Cloud Volumes ONTAP (CVO) in GCP
  • Cloud Volumes Services in GCP
  • Azure VMware Solution with Azure NetApp Files (ANF)
  • VMware Cloud on AWS with CVS & CVO

Cloud Volumes On-Premises

  • Cloud Volumes Service On-Premises
  • Cloud Volumes on HCI

Cloud Compliance

Cloud Compliance is a file classification tool for industry compliance, privacy regulations across clouds. License is free, you are paying only for running VM in your cloud provider.

  • File classification & privacy risk tool for Cloud Volumes
  • License is free, you pay to your Cloud Provider for running additional VM
  • PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA, etc
  • Credit Cards, IBAN, Emails, SSN, TIM, EIN, etc

Cloud Insights

It is a monitoring tool for cloud & on-prem infrastructure, containers & different vendors, and is free with basic edition to all NetApp customers. Cloud insights available as SaaS service, no installation & configuration needed. So here is what’s new:

  • REST APIs
  • Kubernetes Technology
  • Cloud Secure now is part of Cloud Insights
  • Active IQ integration

Cloud Secure

Thanks to self-learning AI identifies baseline file access and actively blocks & notifies unusual activities with your files against insider threats and external breaches. Cloud Secure monitor, secure, optimize across hybrid multi-cloud

  • It is a feature of Cloud Insights Premium edition
  • Monitor file activities at CVO & on-prem ONTAP for unusual activities

NetApp Kubernetes Services (NKS)

At start NKS was available in public clouds, then NetApp added NKS to on-prem NetApp HCI. And on VMworld 2019 in Las Vegas, before Insight 2019 NetApp announced NKS on VMware (no NetApp HCI platform needed).

HCI

New in NetApp HCI:

Two performance tests for HCI:

  1. IOmark-VM-HC: 5 storage & 18 compute nodes using data stores & VVols
  2. IOmark-VDI-HC: 5 storage nodes & 12 compute nodes with only data stores

Total 1,440 VMs with 3,200 VDI desktops.

Notice how asymmetrical number of storage nodes compared to compute nodes are, and in โ€œRealโ€ HCI architectures with local disk drives you have to have more equipment, while with NetApp HCI you can choose how much storage and how much compute resources you need and scale them separately. Dedup & compression were enabled in the tests.

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What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 9

NAbox

With Grafana you can visualize performance, space & other metrics from ONTAP & Unified Manager stored in Graphite. Download v2.5.1 (2019-09-08).

Harvest 1.6:

NetApp Harvest collects data from ONTAP & Unified Manager and sends it over to Graphite. Harvest is part of NABox.

  • Harvest Extension Manager
    • Extension for NFS connections
    • Extension for SnapMirror replications
    • Extension templates for Perl, Python, Bash
  • FlexGroup capacity metrics
  • AutoSupport logging with Harvest statistics
  • Non-critical bug fixed in plugin cdot-iscsi-lif
  • Harvest 1.6

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What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 8

Lab on demand

New labs for NetApp partners: NKS on NetApp HCI, MAX Data, VSC 9.6 with vSphere 6.7, Active IQ Unified Manager 9.6

Lab on demand for Customers

Even if you are not NetApp customer yet, you can test NetApp products:

  • Storage Tiering with FabricPool
  • Enterprise Application Protection in the Data Fabric with ONTAP
  • Understanding Trident
  • Others

https://www.netapp.com/us/try-and-buy/test-drive/index.aspx

Alternatively you can download ONTAP Select Evaluation Deployment

There are more labs for current NetApp customers

Hands-on lab is in beta testing at the moment:

  • Data Protection
  • Enterprise Database Backups
  • FabricPool
  • ONTAP NAS Technologies
  • ONTAP SAN Technologies
  • Trident plugin for containers & Kubernetes

https://mysupport-beta.netapp.com/ui/#/tools

Alternatively customers can download ONTAP Simulator.

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What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 7

Keystone

NetApp Launches On-Prem Data Center Storage as a Service:

  • Cloud-like pay-as-you-go Storage
  • Share risks with the Customer
  • Guarantees
  • Performance
  • Availability & Efficiency
  • With real Balance sheet

Complete Digital Advisors as part of Support Edge:

  • AI powered Insights & Smart Health Checks
  • Personalized Support as part of Support Edge
  • Predictable Support Pricing

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What you might miss about NetApp from Aug-Nov 2019, including Insight in Las Vegas? Part 6

StorageGRID v11.3

Cloud Storage Pools, combined with the StorageGRID industry-leading data placement policy engine (ILM policies), enable your business to automatically and intelligently move only the data that needs to move to one or more clouds. Cloud Storage Pools can be based on buckets, applications, or tenants or at the individual object level (based on metadata key and/or value pairs).

https://blog.netapp.com/introducing-azure-blob-support-tier-to-more-clouds-with-storagegrid/

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AFF & FAS

AFF400, FAS8300, FAS8700. All of those systems basically the same platform but with a different number of Memory & CPU cores. FAS systems also have FlashCache module onboard for read caching. All three requires 9.7 RC1 and have the latest Intel Cascade Lake processors. And that gives us hope we might see Optane as cache as NetApp showed as part of its vision on Insight 2017:

  • Read more about new AFF400 system at Andre Schmitz’s blog
  • AFF with HW-assistant dedup & compression on a network card Pensando used for Cluster Interconnects
  • RoCE as data protocol available as Proof of Concept lab for testing, but not in 9.7
  • AFF A400 now supports NS224 disk shelf alongside with A320

AFF & NVMe

ONTAP 9.6 is qualified with RedHat, SUSE and Oracle Linux for FC-NVMe. Storage path fail-over (ANA) supported with SUSE Linux 15, Oracle Linux 7.6 and 7.7, and (still) no RedHat Linux because of RedHat slowness.

ONTAP AI with containers

Execute AI workloads at a scale with Trident and Kubernetes for CI solution “ONTAP AI” with NVIDIA DXG servers, networking & NetApp AFF NAS storage.

ASA

ASA is using the same AFF but only provide SAN protocols. ASA systems uses ONTAP with same architecture but Symmetric Active/Active network access for the block devices. Watch a short video about ASA on Twitter. Hardware for ASA is identical to standard AFF A700 and AFF A220 systems, and software bundle includes Flash/Premium bundle licenses minus NAS-only features

ONTAP

Much new stuff in ONTAP 9.7

  • User Interface Improvements
    • Simplified UI allows faster creation of LUNs, NAS shares & DP
    • Hardware health
    • Network connectivity diagram
    • Performance history (previously only performance since you opened it)
  • FabricPool Mirrors: one aggregate connected to a 2 buckets for added resiliency (previously only one bucket per aggregate)
  • CVO now supports Cloud Backup Service in AWS
  • Synchronous mirroring (SM-S) with MetroCluster (MCC)
  • Map NFS clients to specific volumes and IP addresses
  • XCP for rapid file delete
  • TCP Performance Enhancements in ONTAP 9.6
  • Watch a video about ONTAP 9.7 with Skip Shapiro

ONTAP Select

Networking best practices for ONTAP Select

ONTAP SDS is in embedded non-X86 systems for edge devices

Slimmed version of ONTAP Select called Photon used on edge devices. Blocks & Files blog post.

FlexGroup

  • Fast in-place conversion FlexVol to FlexGroup
  • NFSv4, 4.1 & pNFS support with NFS security and locking
    • With pNFS data I/O path goes locality in a cluster
  • NDMP with FlexGroups: entire FG, directory or Qtree
    • Dump & Restores between FGs or FG & FlexVols
  • FlexGroup is now supported as an origin volume for FlexCache
  • FlexClone support with FlexGroup
  • VAAI, and copy offload support, though FlexGroups still not recommended with VMs, but we can clearly see NetApp moves that direction

SnapMirror Sync (SM-S)

  • Now SM-S replicate app-created snaps & FlexClones. Scheduled snaps are not replicated though
  • NVMe/FC protocol and namespace support added

NDAS

Since NDAS replicates data with metadata (Unlike FabricPool), now you can access data directly out of the bucket

  • StorageGRID as Object storage added for NDAS besides existing AWS S3
  • NetApp looking into an ability to connect NetApp In-Place Analytics Module to object storage bucket with backed up by NDAS data from ONTAP NAS so you can do analytics with your data and how they evolved over the time (i.e. snapshots)
  • The NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool now lists supported configurations for NetApp Data Availability Services
  • AutoSupport is now enabled by default to send NDAS diagnostic records to NetApp Support
  • 200 TB of managed capacity with 100 million files is now supported
  • ONTAP 9.6P1 & ONTAP 9.7 and later releases are now supported on the target cluster
  • Bring your own licenses (BYOL) are now available for new and upgraded NDAS instances
  • The NDAS PreChecker tool is now available to assess your environmentโ€™s readiness for deploying NDAS
  • New AWS regions are now supported for NDAS with AWS:
    • EU (Ireland)
    • EU (Frankfurt)
    • Asia Pacific (Singapore)
    • Asia Pacific (Sydney)
    • Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)

https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/netapp-data-availability-services/reference_whats_new.html#release-1-1-1-7-november-2019

SnapCenter 4.2

  • Installation with few clicks with Linux virtual appliance
  • Simplified addition of new hosts & RBAC
  • Cluster Management LIFs (before you have to add each individual SVM management LIF)
  • Support vSphere HTML client
  • Automatic config check for servers & SC plugins
  • Oracle 18c
  • SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Windows now support disk creation for Windows Server 2019
  • Video about SnapCenter with Steven Cortez

New with VMware & VVOLs:

  • Adaptive QoS with VVOLs are disabled & no longer recommend in VASA 9.6 P1
  • Naming issues with VVOLs on NetApp fixed in 9.6 P1
  • Support for ESXi 6.7 U2
  • In ONTAP 9.7 in System Manager you can create RBAC user role for VSC
  • IOPS, Latency, throughout in VSC 9.6 for VVOLs on SAN (statistics comes directly from ONTAP)
  • REST API for the VASA+VSC+SRM appliance (install & config and for storage provisioning and management)
  • Wizard in VSC 9.6 creates VVOL endpoints

SRM with VVOLs are coming at some point in time

Virtual Storage Console (VSC)

  • Availability of VVol reports
  • Simplified provisioning of data stores
  • Support for configuring throughout floors (QoS Min) for storage capability profiles
  • Support for REST APIs
  • Video with Karl Konnerth about VSC

FlexCache

  • Is now free
  • Supported with on-prem ONTAP systems & Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • thin provisioning and data compaction
  • Cache volume migration
  • ONTAP auditing of cache volume reads
  • Antivirus scanning of origin volumes
  • Any-to-Any Caching between all ONTAP platforms on-prem & in the cloud, including MCC

MCC

  • FabricPool aggregate support for MCC FC and IP
  • FlexCache support for MCC FC and IP

MetroCluster IP

Open Network: A switch-less MCC 4-node cluster uses customer switches. Switches must comply with NetApp requirements and supported by the customer or switch vendor.

Supported platforms:

  • AFF A800, A700, A320, A300, and even low-end system A220
  • FAS 9000, 8200, 2750

MCC-FC

Supported platforms:

  • AFF A700, A400, A300
  • FAS 9000, 8700, 8300, 8200

ONTAP Mediator instead of tie breaker

New Mediator (instead of the tie-breaker) for MCC & ONTAP SDS. Mediator is passive appliance, managed from ONTAP. All the logic lives in ONTAP versus previously switchover logic was on the tie-breaker’s side.

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Active IQ 2.0

  • AI learning algorithms based on customer base wisdom provides better insights about risks
  • APIs with Active IQ
  • Now you cannot just monitor but take actions and fix risks with Active IQ (which happens through UM)
  • It also decrease โ€œnoseโ€: Active IC trying to find the root of the problem and solve those problems first which will fix majority of your problems: letโ€™s say you have 100 risks with, but it might happen you can fix 70% with a few fixes
  • OneCollect available in a container, and now sends info to Active IQ

Active IQ Unified Manager 9.7

  • Most important improvement is actions with simple “Fix it” button
  • New cluster security section in the dashboard
  • Integration with NetApp Service Level Manager, which is now free and included in ONTAP

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