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ONTAP Recipes: Create a FabricPool aggregate by using OnCommand System Manager

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You can create a FabricPool aggregate by using OnCommand System Manager?

 

FabricPool works by associating an object store (such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, or StorageGRID Webscale) with an aggregate in ONTAP, creating a composite aggregate: a FabricPool aggregate.

Note: FabricPool requires a capacity-based license when attaching third-party object storage providers (such as Amazon S3) as capacity tiers for AFF and FAS hybrid flash systems. A FabricPool license is not required when using StorageGRID Webscale.

 

To create a FabricPool aggregate, complete this two-part process:

Part 1: Add the object store to ONTAP.

ONTAP must be able to communicate with the object store before the object store can be attached to an aggregate.

Before you add the object store to ONTAP, you need to identify the following information:

  • Server name (FQDN; for example, amazonaws.com)
  • Access key ID
  • Secret key
  • Container name (bucket name)

 To add the object store to ONTAP, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch OnCommand System Manager.
  2. Click Storage.
  3. Click Aggregates & Disks.
  4. Click External Capacity Tiers.
  5. Select an object store provider and click Add.
  6. Complete the text fields as required for your object store provider.
    Add External Capacity Tier v2.png
  7. Click Save and Attach Aggregates.

Part 2: Attach the object store to an aggregate.

You can complete this task can by using OnCommand System Manager.

More than one object store can be connected to a cluster, but only one type of object store can be attached to each aggregate. For example, one aggregate can use StorageGRID Webscale, and another aggregate can use Amazon S3, but one aggregate cannot be attached to both.

Note: Attaching an external capacity tier to an aggregate is a permanent action. After being attached, an external capacity tier cannot be removed.

 

To attach the object store to an aggregate, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch OnCommand System Manager.
  2. Click Applications and Tiers.
  3. Click Storage Tiers.
  4. Click an aggregate.
  5. Click Actions and select Attach External Capacity Tier.
  6. Select an external capacity tier.
    Attach External Capacity Tier v2.png
  7. View and update the tiering policies for the volumes on the aggregate (optional). By default, volume tiering policies are set as Snapshot-Only.
  8. Click Save.

 

For more information about FabricPool, see TR-4598: FabricPool Best Practices.

For more information about ONTAP, see the ONTAP 9 Documentation Center.