Storage Monitoring Made Easy: A Video Demonstration of Data ONTAP 8 Operating in Cluster-Mode

This blog is part of a series on Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode, and provides a short video demonstration of some of the benefits.



Data ONTAP 8.1 blog series:

1.      Why Scale-Out & What’s New.

2.      Unified Scale-Out – What’s Supported & Why It’s Unique

3.      Nondisruptive Operations – What Does it Mean?

4.      Enterprise Ready Data ONTAP 8 Cluster-Mode

5.      What’s Included In A Cluster Configuration

6.      Data ONTAP 8 Clustering – Multitenancy Designed In

7.      ESG Lab Validation of Data ONTAP 8.1 Unified Clustering



In prior blogs I talked about the storage efficiency benefits of Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode and Data Motion for Volumes. The video above shows how easy it is to view different types of information (e.g.  space used, space available) about a particular volume in a Vserver, turn on thin provisioning and deduplication per volume, and then move a volume nondisruptively within the cluster.   All of this happens through the use of OnCommand System Manager.


OnCommand System Manager as depicted in the video, is a simple yet powerful browser-based management tool to easily configure and manage NetApp storage.  System Manager comes with wizards and workflows, simplifying common storage tasks such as creating volumes, LUNS, qtrees, shares, and exports, which saves time and prevents errors.  System Manager works across all NetApp storage: 2000, 3000, and 6000 series, as well as V-Series systems.


The next blog in this series will focus on SAN and NAS performance with different size clusters.


Mike McNamara


Gotta love that OnCommand System Manager!  And if you loved this demo video, you'll be completely enamored with these two Cluster-Mode management demos:

System Manager enabling a non-distruptive Volume Move:

System Manager simplies the management of Flash pools: