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FabricPool tiering Policy


As I understand, OnTap 9.2 or above supports FabricPool tiering policy, and there are two or not more policies, one is SnapShot  policy which will be only migrate SnapShots to S3 bucket.


Now, the question is about "Backup" policy. If I wanted to migrate the cold volume data along with Snapshots, I use this policy, which will leave meta data in on-premise aggregate. Am I understanding correct?





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Yes what you understood is right 


In all of the scenarios (Snapshot, Backup policies) the blocks comprising a file's contents get moved out to the external capacity tier, but the file's WAFL metadata remains in the performance tier. Files with partially or fully tiered blocks still appear to be in their original locations in the primary tier, so users can still browse directories and list files in the primary tier without any data transfer from the object storage, or even any knowledge that the file's blocks have been moved to the external capacity tier. If a tiered file's contents are read, FabricPool seamlessly reads the blocks back from object storage into the primary tier, with the only visible impact to the end user being a short delay as FabricPool transfers the blocks back. Once the user is finished with the files, FabricPool's algorithm for cooling blocks may eventually force the associated blocks back out to the external capacity tier, depending on the volume's assigned tiering policy.



Please refer to FabricPool best practices for more information 





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The backup policy can only be set on data protection (DP) volumes (destination targets). All data blocks (does not include WAFL metadata) in the volume are immediately moved to the capacity tier until read and made hot. When read, hot blocks are moved to the performance tier. Unlike volumes using the Snapshot-only tiering policy, there is no need to wait 48 hours for blocks in a volume using the backup tiering policy to become cold.




If the volume’s data protection relationship is broken, the destination volume will no longer be a
DP volume and the tiering policy will revert to the default, Snapshot-only, policy







Thanks for sharing.


A follow-up on Backup policy. Just to make sure I understand correctly.


Will the real data with the volume be moved (not copied) out of Performance tier to Capacity tier, or will it be just like SnapMirror relationship, the base and Snapshots be transferred (copied) to the destination( Capacity tier)?


 Assuming I have 100GB volume, metadata portion is using 10GB, so, in this case, when tiering works, 90GB data would be moved to Capacity tier, then the real space on Performance would be only 10GB.Correct?


Yes, that is absolutely right.