NetApp HCI overview

NetApp HCI provides both storage and compute resources, combining them to build a VMware vSphere environment backed by the capabilities of NetApp Element software.

After successful deployment of NetApp HCI, you manage the system from the VMware vSphere Web Client. The NetApp Element Plug-in for vCenter Server (also referred to as the vCenter Plug-in, or VCP) is used to manage storage resources, including datastores, volumes, Quality of Service, storage cluster components, and data protection. Compute nodes appear as ESXi hosts and you can manage them in vSphere.

NetApp HCI events and faults are reported in vSphere as system alarms. The management node monitors the compute nodes, and appears as a virtual machine in the cluster after deployment. All storage and compute monitoring data can be collected by NetApp SolidFire Active IQ, which performs real-time monitoring of NetApp HCI.