NetApp has a broad portfolio of storage solutions for VMware vSphere, and ONTAP has been a major part of that portfolio for over a decade, supporting more than 50,000 customers with flexible, powerful storage solutions for SAN and NAS environments. Last year we published a significant update to our technical report for using VMware vSphere with ONTAP, and it has been downloaded over 7,000 times since.

 

Recently we released an updated version, with new information about ONTAP 9.2 and 9.3, NetApp tools such as the Virtual Storage Console and SnapCenter and updated or additional best practices.  You may download the updated TR.

 

The updates include:

  • Information about using the latest ONTAP features with vSphere, such as aggregate deduplication and automatic background deduplication.  It also adds more detail on QoS capabilities, including using OnCommand System Manager for performance capacity-based provisioning along with adaptive QoS.
  • The latest on using Virtual Storage Console, VASA Provider and SnapCenter to provision, manage and protect your VMs, VVols and datastores.  In addition to simpler deployment and configuration through a unified virtual appliance, VSC 7.1 also includes a new VASA dashboard that shows detailed performance and capacity information for VVol datastores and individual VMs. The Storage Replication Adapter for VMware SRM adds enhanced scalability and multi-tenancy support. Find more information about VSC 7.1 on this blog.
  • New or updated best practices based on feedback from customers and partners. These address Microsoft failover clustering, datastore sizing and LUN count, thin provisioning, the need for file system alignment, datastore migration as well as some other minor updates.
  • Additional information on ONTAP Cloud and how it might be used with VMware Cloud for AWS as part of your hybrid cloud approach (more information on this blog).
  • Updated and simplified list of recommended host and ONTAP settings (Appendix B).

We hope you find this update useful and welcome your feedback on how to make the document even more helpful to you as you build your VMware solutions with ONTAP. In addition to the feedback address at the end of the TR, you may also leave your comments here (but please address product questions through your NetApp or partner systems engineers, who are experts in building great private or hybrid VMware clouds with ONTAP!).

Karl Konnerth

Karl works for NetApp as a Product & Partner Engineer in the ONTAP Group. Prior to that, he spent 8 years supporting NetApp customers around the world. And before NetApp, Karl had a lengthy career in corporate IT groups such as applications, architecture and operations.