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 http://www.flackbox.com/netapp-simulator/


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


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