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Managing the Cloud with NetApp OnCommand Cloud Manager

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Cloud ManagerTechnology industries are quickly changing as cloud-based platforms continue to shift into more complex multi-cloud designs that involve a mix of public and private cloud resources. Not only is it impacting IT, cloud skills are also making their way into many non-IT job roles, such as engineers, project managers, and accountants. With businesses demanding the best of cloud services, Cloud Management Platforms (CMP) are becoming a critical component for effectively leveraging multi-cloud environments.

NetApp recently released an enterprise-level software solution called OnCommand Cloud Manager that enables easy deployment and management of hybrid cloud storage environments for Cloud ONTAP. Not only does it provide installation, resource assignment, and provisioning of data, it also offers day-to-day management activities for the environment and can automate your data movement from on the premises to Amazon. After integrating the software with your cloud environment, Cloud Manager allows you to enter credentials that enable it to gather the resources you need to meet your storage requirements. Cloud Manager is then able to monitor and provide valuable feedback on the cost of resources over time, helping you decide when to move workloads to the most cost-efficient environment.
Key features of OnCommand Cloud Manager:

  • Integrated data protection and availability
  • Advanced storage efficiency
  • Simplified deployment and configuration of Cloud ONTAP
  • Central point of control provided for all Cloud ONTAP instances
  • Automated data movement between your premises and AWS
  • Cost monitoring of your AWS cloud storage resources provided
  • Easy license and entitlement management
  • Facilitated hybrid environments
  • Protocol support for NAS and SAN

Cloud ONTAP services can be purchased on an hourly basis by deploying Cloud ONTAP services directly from the AWS Marketplace, or through a six-month subscription directly from NetApp. All packages include FlexClone® technology, multiprotocol support, the full suite of NetApp data protection software, and the OnCommand suite, not including OnCommand Insight.

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Saving Your Business’s Infrastructure with MetroCluster Data ONTAP 8.3

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

metroclusterIT professionals are under an enormous amount of pressure with IT budgets shrinking and an ever growing need for high data availability in a 24/7 environment. In order to meet ever increasing service-level agreement (SLA) requirements, continuous availability needs to be ensured with zero data loss while keeping the cost low. In addition, mission critical infrastructure is a result from today’s highly virtualized environments, where no single application is critical, but if the entire infrastructure were to fail the business would suffer a devastating impact.

With a high demand for zero data loss and zero downtime, NetApp created a software called MetroCluster that runs on the clustered Data ONTAP storage operating system, starting with ONTAP 8.3. This software not only provides continuous data availability across data centers for mission-critical applications, it also provides rapid and seamless recovery in the event of an outage.

NetApp MetroCluster Data ONTAP 8.3 combines array-based clustering with synchronous mirroring between a primary and secondary data site, within a 200 km distance, to provide continuous data availability that is simple to use and cost effective. Not only does it provide local high-availability and non-disruptive operations within the data center, it also supports non-disruptive operations beyond the data-center against the major causes of downtime, which includes power and network faults. In the event of a total site disruption, data services are protected when the secondary site takes over.

There is also a de-duplication feature that further extends MetroCluster’s low cost through maximizing storage utilization and providing substantial storage savings. Storage savings are between 20-30% for non-virtualized environments, and 50-90% with applications and virtualized environment.

NetApp and VMWare also have a partnership that offers a complete availability solution from server to storage in a virtualized environment. VMWare’s VMSC handles application availability while MetroCluster provides continuous data availability in the event of any disruption.

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What’s New with Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

If you have been waiting to find out what new features are in clustered Data ONTAP 8.3, then the wait is now over.  Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 includes features that both the small site and enterprise storage administrator can appreciate.

In the FAS 2000 and 2200 series controllers, one constant problem has always been the dedicated 3 disk root aggregate.  There are so few disks in this two chassis configuration to begin with, so reserving 6 of 12 disks for root aggregate storage significantly reduces the amount of available space.

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 introduces a feature called root partitioning. The benefit of this feature is that it eliminates the dedicated 3 disks, and instead opts for using a small partition on each disk for a root partition.

ontap 8.3The bad news is that support for this feature is currently limited to the FAS 2500 series controllers.  If you aren’t using a FAS 2500, don’t fret, there are many additional features such as selective LUN mapping and version independent SnapMirror that are sure to peak your interest. There has also been a major shift in the way that networking is handled in version 8.3.

To learn about these new features and more, listen to Fast Lane’s webinar from March 11, 2015 to explore what’s new with clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.  Click here to listen to this webinar.

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NetApp’s New Hybrid Cloud Foundation Promises Improvement

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

During NetApp Insight in Las Vegas this year, NetApp officials announced that their cloud data management would be improved and simplified through the implementation of new software, services and partnerships. Customers will have a choice between a blend of operating systems including, Clustered Data ONTAP, Cloud ONTAP, OnCommand and NetApp Private Storage. By utilizing these options, the hybrid cloud will be able to assist customers without losing control of any current data.

NetApp believes that hybrid clouds are not only important for changing how we use IT currently, but also for building innovations in the future. The hybrid cloud not only creates a seamless

transition for companies looking to protect their data, but also improves the economics, flexibility and business impact of their existing infrastructure.

It was announced that NetApp has implemented several technology components to make the hybrid cloud a successful reality:

– Their Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 has enhanced the company’s software-defined storage OS and will help businesses of all sizes perform effectively. A critical piece of this component is the NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software. Critical business applications will be able to operate quicker and more efficiently in the event of disasters or planned outages.

– OnCommand Cloud Manager allows for efficient provisioning of clustered Data ONTAP between private and public cloud providers. A sleeker interface also makes it simpler to navigate, meaning it is easier to view your company’s cloud environment.

– Cloud ONTAP combines clustered Data ONTAP’s power with Amazon Web Service’s scalability all on the public cloud. This OS combines the seamless scalability and non-disruptive operations of clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 with the on-demand benefits of cloud services.

– NetApp Private Storage enables businesses to use myriad clouds and still maintain control of their data on a sole storage device. NetApp Private Storage combines cloud elasticity with the high level of performance, availability and privacy of enterprise storage.

Companies that work with the cloud understand the importance of adapting to current technologies while deciphering how they can improve their business and meet the needs of their customers. The hybrid cloud’s ability to easily move large volumes of data with its high-quality security make for a very useful and versatile tool. The hybrid cloud, much like the introduction of the hybrid vehicle, seems set to revolutionize how efficient companies can be. Consolidation and simplification of permanent and mobile workspaces are more easily attainable with this new NetApp innovation.

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