Posts Tagged: NetApp A-Team

Veeam v10 – What I am excited about

This has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of Veeam for a good number of years!

There are a number of great new features that v10 brings:

One thing that really caught my attention (and as a Veeam customer, I am highly anticipating) is the Immutability feature within AWS S3 buckets. You might be asking, “What is this feature and how will it help me in the real world?”

As IT pros, we are ultimately responsible for the data on our systems. When we suggest a product, it has to deliver, or it’s our reputation on the line. We have enough challenges to keep us busy, so let’s not let data availability be one of them.

Immutability: What is it and why do we care? Immutability is the guarantee that NO one or thing can change the data within a set time period. This is especially useful to keep that data safe from internal and external threats.

Well, Cloud Tier Immutability can help with this. How? With Veeam v10, we can move a copy of our data up into an AWS S3 bucket with Object Lock enabled. Your data will be locked for a set amount of time, and no one, not even the AWS root user, can delete or overwrite this data.

This is very cool! I personally believe that could finally be the modern solution that will help us all move away from tape! But maybe that’s just me being hopeful.

There are plenty of other features coming out in v10. The Veeam Vanguard have listed their top picks here.

Veeam v10 is due to be released on the 18th of February 2020.

What You Need to Know About NetApp’s New AFF SAN Array

Last week at NetApp INSIGHT 2019 in Las Vegas, NetApp announced their all new AFF SAN Array (ASA). This is an interesting one from NetApp, certainly a step in a different direction. I am keen to see how it plays out. I believe that, positioned correctly in the market, this is going to be a fantastic bit of technology.

“That’s all great,” I hear you saying, “But why is this under the ONTAP section?” Well I am getting to that bit!

Basically, it’s an AFF without the NAS functionality. You get iSCSI and FC but no SMB or NFS.

The hardware is identical to an AFF, and it is badged just like any other AFF. You can get this in two variants currently: the ASA AFF A700 and AFF A200 – 2-node switchless HA pairs only.

Unfortunately you can’t cluster these with other ASA pairs or with regular AFF/FAS products. You also won’t be able to get MetroCluster, NVMe/FC, or the ability to use these with MAX Data, or MCC as it stands right now. However, the software that is bundled with the ASA includes the Flash premium bundles without NAS features such as (FlexGroup and FlexCache).

So, what do you get then? Apart from running ONTAP and giving you all the features you are used to in a SAN-only setup, it does have some other cool features like symmetric active/active host-to-LUN access. All the available paths are active and optimised. More usable bandwidth? I’ll take that!

You also get near instantaneous read/write resumes after a storage controller takeover. That’s fairly nifty.

Another interesting service to take note of is the new SAN Setup Service. This will help you to deploy a consistent and reliable SAN solution utilizing your new NetApp ASA systems.

What does this include? Hang tight, you are about to find out!

  • Initial Assessment
  • Environment Discovery
  • Solution Design
  • Deploy
  • A knowledge transfer from NetApp to you about your setup
  • Then follow-ups every month for the first 3 months.

I will be interested to see how this new service plays out. I think it could really help to get some customers up and running knowing that they can get the best out of their system from day one!

NetApp INSIGHT 2019 in Las Vegas: Hardware Announcement Roundup

I just wanted to highlight a couple of things that I thought were noteworthy.

We have new high-end and midrange All-Flash FAS (AFF) and Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) systems. These are the new AFF 400 and FAS 8300 and 8700, respectively.

So why would I want one (or more)? Well, generally, you get more! The AFF 400 has more than its predecessor, the AFF 300.

  • More cores: up to 42 cores to be exact, all thanks to the latest Intel CPU technology (Cascade Lake)!
  • More connectivity options with 25Gb and 100Gb, so you can have all the bandwidth you want!
  • More disk: up to 480 Solid State Drives (SSD) to be exact!

Much the same as the new AFF 400, the FAS 8300 and 8700 give us more! But just how much more? Well…

  • More cores: up to 42 cores of the latest Intel CPU technology Cascade Lake goodness!
  • More connectivity options with 25Gb and 100Gb (that’s a lot of bandwidth)!
  • More disk: up to 720 drives of your choice!

So basically, you get can have it bigger, stronger, and faster. This is all well and good but the real magic, in my opinion, is NetApp’s ONTAP OS! This is where things really get interesting.

So stay tuned, there is certainly some ONTAP goodness coming your way!