By Jim Lyons, NetApp
Thousands of NetApp customers and partners attended the annual Insight technical conference Berlin in November, which provided an opportunity for sharing success stories and lessons learned. Here’s a quick recap of one customer-led presentation that covered topics relevant to many NetApp customers: the transition from Data ONTAP 7-Mode to a clustered configuration running ONTAP, and the deployment of new All Flash FAS (AFF) solutions.
Osram Opto Semiconductors: A Transition from 7-Mode to ONTAP
Osram Opto Semiconductors recently transitioned the storage environment at their primary site in Regensburg, Germany, with a move from ONTAP 7-Mode to a storage cluster running ONTAP. They were among the first customers to make this move while running a highly available MetroCluster configuration.
With careful planning and the help of NetApp professional services, the Osram team executed the move with virtually no disruption to business operations. After taking a brief, scheduled outage to restart critical databases and file services on the afternoon of the “go live”, they were up and running with a more powerful and flexible data infrastructure. Following the upgrade, and with the move to a new version of ONTAP complete, they gained the ability to make major changes without taking any downtime or impacting their end users—including moving storage controllers across datacenters.
Matthias Danzer, senior system engineer at Osram, cited three key factors for his team’s success:
Some of their immediate benefits from the upgrade included:
However, the big win for Osram was a more agile data infrastructure that enables them to quickly adapt to business changes. For example, when their QA team needed to store higher resolution images that required significantly more storage capacity, they non-disruptively upgraded their storage controllers and added capacity without any impact to the business.
Looking forward, they plan to add all-flash storage nodes as their performance needs grow, and they are investigating cloud-based disaster recovery using ONTAP Cloud—a new capability enabled by their transition to ONTAP.
For more information on the annual NetApp technical conference, check out these video highlights from Insight Berlin.