Other best practices for StorageGRID and FabricPool

When configuring a StorageGRID system for use with FabricPool, you should avoid setting global options that might affect how your data is saved.

Object encryption

When configuring StorageGRID, you can optionally enable the global Stored Object Encryption setting if data encryption is required for other StorageGRID clients (Configuration > System Settings > Grid Options). The data that is tiered from FabricPool to StorageGRID is already encrypted, so enabling the StorageGRID setting is not required. Client-side encryption keys are owned by ONTAP.

Object compression

When configuring StorageGRID, do not enable the global Compress Stored Objects setting (Configuration > System Settings > Grid Options). The data that is tiered from FabricPool to StorageGRID is already compressed. Enabling Compress Stored Objects will not further reduce an object’s size.

FabricPool tiering

If the StorageGRID node uses storage assigned from a NetApp AFF system, confirm that the volume does not have a FabricPool tiering policy enabled. For example, if a StorageGRID node is running on a VMware host, ensure the volume backing the datastore for the StorageGRID node does not have a FabricPool tiering policy enabled. Disabling FabricPool tiering for volumes used with StorageGRID nodes simplifies troubleshooting and storage operations.

Attention: Never use FabricPool to tier any data related to StorageGRID back to StorageGRID itself. Tiering StorageGRID data back to StorageGRID increases troubleshooting and operational complexity.