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NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3

NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3

NetApp recently released the third major iteration of their Clustered Data ONTAP operating system.  Clustered Data ONTAP is known for its unique feature set such as non-disruptive operations, massive scale and a seamless management experience across the FAS product line.  Let’s take a look at a few new features of Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.

Advanced Drive Partitioning

Advanced Drive Partitioning, or ADP is a new feature especially designed for the FAS2500 series platform.  Instead of using dedicated disks from root partitioning, or running the operating system, 8.3 introduces a feature which will split the root partition across the multiple drives in the system, making it perfect for smaller systems like the FAS2500 series.  This feature is available with any disk type, and will eliminated the need for dedicated disks on the smaller platform.

Flash Performance

NetApp has boosted performance of their All Flash FAS (AFF) and Hybrid arrays with 8.3 out of the gate.  Customers can take advantage of increased performance on flash based systems simply by updating to the new release.  One of the ways NetApp is achieving this is through the use of inline zero-write detection.  This saves write cycles on flash storage, reducing the overhead on activities such as garbage collection, with the side effect of increasing throughput and performance.

Other Goodies

Single LUNs can now be moved non-disruptivelty across NetApp controllers, giving administrators even more flexibility inside their storage environment.  System management activities move back onbox, no longer requiring the need to download a client.  Non-disruptive operations become even easier to carry out with a simple three step.\

For more information about the new Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 platform, check out NetApp Advocate Dan Barber’s review of the new features.

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