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ONTAP 9 Lab Guide

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog

With the latest release of ONTAP 9. NetApp’s flagship OS “Clustered DataONTAP” which is now simple just “ONTAP” Here are just some of the features and improvements in ONTAP 9.


I must admit that’s an impressive list.

• Support for 15TB SSD

• Inline data compaction

• SnapLock® software for data compliance

• RAID-TEC triple-parity protection

• Headroom for visibility of performance capacity

• MetroCluster enhancements (8 nodes!)

• Onboard key manager (Included for FREE)

• SAN Optimized factory configurations

• AFF Simplicity templates

• FlexGroups (PVR only in 9.0)

• Workgroup mode for CIFS/SMB

• LDAP Signing and Sealing for CIFS/SMB

• Kerberos 5p support

• Performance improvements

• ONTAP Select (4 nodes, HA failover, software defined storage!)

• Faster failover times

• Per-aggregate CPs

• Filehandle preservation for SVM DR – no more re-mounting after cutover!

• Global FIPS mode for FIPS compliance

• TLS 1.1/1.2 support

• Increased per-node LIF limits (cluster-wide limit remains)

If your looking to get a first hands-on look at the new OS and build your own lab for DataONTAP 9 there is a great eBook guide created by Neil Anderson which available at


He has created a guide with full step by step instructions with screenshots about how to build a fully networked two cluster lab with Windows and Linux clients

The Best of Both Worlds

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog, VMWare

VMware and AWS announced a strategic partnership that brings the two leaders in Enterprise IT together to deliver a vSphere-based cloud service running on AWS.

This service will make it easier for customers to run any application, using a set of familiar software and tools, in a consistent hybrid cloud environment. “Best of both Worlds for our customer” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said in his General session speech today at VMworld.


A lot of customers who are running a VMware stack on the enterprise are looking or already moved some of their workload to AWS. VMware Cloud on Amazon will allow customers to advantage of VMware support as well the amazon services.

The biggest advantage to me would be Elastic DRS which will automatically add new ESXi hosts to a cluster if resources are low. Elastic DRS will also automatically add hosts when one of the hosts part of a cluster fails.

This new platform also allows to vMotion virtual machines between two AWS datacenters.

There is some skepticism out there as some analyst are putting across the point that although this does help enterprises in the cloud journey, it doesn’t enable digital transformation (App modernization).

Cloud Foundation brings it all together

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Blog, VMWare

After a good attempt to break into the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market with EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK, VMware delivered a better idea with VMware Cloud Foundation.

VMware calls its new VMware Cloud Foundation product a hyper converged infrastructure offering. It’s also meant to be the basis for VMware’s software defined data center (SDDC).

Cloud Foundation will be available to run on customers’ premises or in the public cloud, making it the basis for the hybrid cloud which what most customer are moving towards.


Cloud Foundation is a bundle of the company’s traditional compute virtualization software vSphere with its NSX network virtualization product and its VSAN software-defined storage area network product.

Cloud Foundation also includes a new software management product named SDDC Manager which controls the virtualized compute, network and storage resources. Combined, VMware envisions this system as the basis for building private clouds, running virtual desktops and hosting newly-built applications.

But while users can still get the VMware Cloud Foundation bundled with the hardware of qualified hardware manufacturers, some conference attendees liked the option of purchasing just the software from VMware and installing it themselves.

What brings Cloud Foundation platform together is VMware SDDC Manager, a core component of Cloud Foundation that allows the cloud admin to manage the cloud infrastructure software as a single unified stack. SDDC Manager provides end-to-end lifecycle automation of the cloud infrastructure software, reducing the time it takes to build and operate the environment by over 80% compared to traditional approaches.

The primary functions of the offering are to give cloud operators a tool to deploy, configure, patch and upgrade the entire system including NSX, VSAN and vCenter ESX. It can also automate the deployment of products such as Horizon and vRealize, according to Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s cloud provider software business unit.

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