cDOT 8.3.1 GA and New Programs for All Flash FAS

 

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NetApp recently announced general availability of clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) 8.3.1 and new programs for the All Flash FAS (AFF). Below is a summary.

 

A few weeks ago, clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.1 was designated general availability. As a summary, the following are the key features.

  • Inline compression for primary workloads with All Flash FAS.
  • Support for 2-node MetroCluster configurations. Supported 4-node configurations with 8.3.0.
  • Enhancements to Foreign LUN Import (FLI): the import process can occur while the LUN is in use. A brief disruption is required to re-target the host at the Data ONTAP system.
  • SnapMirror for Storage Virtual Machines (Storage Virtual Machine DR or SVM DR): a solution for mirroring the configuration of an SVM, not just its data.
  • Cluster Peering from multiple IPspaces: multiple replication relationships on the same cluster can use the same IP addresses or subnets.
  • Usability enhancements: examples include support for the banner and Message of the Day (MOTD); enhancements for audit log management Automated Workload Analyzer (AWA) volume-level reporting, etc).
  • Protocol enhancements: examples include support for dynamic DNS; support for Windows NFSv3 clients; support for SMB encryption for data transfers over SMB 3.0; enhancements to SQL Server (DBCC workarounds removed) and Hyper-V (enhancements to TRIM support) over SMB.
  • Availability enhancements: examples include checks to prevent creation of a nonroot volume in the root aggregate; support for displaying license entitlement risk status.
  • Cloud ONTAP encryption: enables customers to encrypt data in the public cloud while retaining control of the encryption keys; delivers Data ONTAP software encryption with aggregate granular controls.
  • All-flash FAS optimization, including optimized random read performance at high load (Data ONTAP 8.3 and 8.3.1).

NetApp also recently announced new AFF programs and a smaller-footprint AFF model to help enterprises and NetApp’s ecosystem of partners effectively make the transition to a hybrid cloud future.

  • Free Controller Upgrade: Customers who purchase a three-year SupportEdge Premium contract by December 31, 2015, are eligible for a new AFF controller free of charge as part of the renewal process.
  • Extended Support Price Protection: This offer enables customers to extend their standard three-year warranty and support for up to four more years. Customers can choose this option at point of sale or during renewal.
  • New AFF Series Model: The new 6U model of the AFF8080 EX is a smaller-form-factor version of NetApp’s top-of-the line unified all-flash array. It delivers the full range of enterprise grade capabilities with up to a 40% reduction in footprint. Available now, the new model can be set up to address mainstream SAN workloads in as little as 15 minutes.

Mike McNamara