Configuring StorageGRID for FabricPool

If you use NetApp ONTAP software, you can use NetApp FabricPool to tier inactive, or cold, data to a NetApp StorageGRID object storage system.

Deciding whether to use this guide

This document provides an overview of configuring a StorageGRID object storage system for use with FabricPool. It explains how to find the information you will provide to ONTAP when you attach StorageGRID as a FabricPool cloud tier. It also describes the best practices for configuring the StorageGRID information lifecycle management (ILM) policy, a StorageGRID traffic classification policy, and other StorageGRID options for a FabricPool workload.

FabricPool StorageGRID Workflow
This document assumes the following:
  • You are familiar with using ONTAP.
  • You know which FabricPool volume tiering policy you will use to tier inactive ONTAP data to StorageGRID.
  • You have already planned and installed a StorageGRID system to meet your storage capacity and performance needs.
  • You have a basic familiarity with StorageGRID system software, including the Grid Manager and the Tenant Manager.

What FabricPool is

FabricPool is an ONTAP hybrid storage solution that uses a high-performance flash aggregate as the performance tier and an object store as the cloud tier. Data in a FabricPool is stored in a tier based on whether it is frequently accessed or not. Using a FabricPool helps you reduce storage cost without compromising performance, efficiency, or protection.

No architectural changes are required, and you can continue managing your database and application environment from the central ONTAP storage system.

What object storage is

Object storage is a storage architecture that manages data as objects, as opposed to other storage architectures such as file or block storage. Objects are kept inside a single container (such as a bucket) and are not nested as files inside a directory inside other directories. Although object storage generally provides lower performance than file or block storage, it is significantly more scalable. StorageGRID buckets can hold petabytes of data.

Using StorageGRID as a FabricPool cloud tier

FabricPool can tier ONTAP data to a number of object store providers, including StorageGRID. Unlike public clouds that might set a maximum number of supported input/output operations per second (IOPS) at the bucket or container level, StorageGRID performance scales with the number of nodes in a system. Using StorageGRID as a FabricPool cloud tier allows you to keep your cold data in your own private cloud for highest performance and complete control over your data.

In addition, a FabricPool license is not required when you use StorageGRID as the cloud tier.

Using multiple ONTAP clusters with StorageGRID

These instructions describe how to connect StorageGRID to a single ONTAP cluster. However, you might want to connect the same StorageGRID system to multiple ONTAP clusters.

The only requirement for tiering data from multiple ONTAP clusters to a single StorageGRID system is that you must use a different S3 bucket for each cluster. Based on your requirements, you can use the same high availability (HA) group, load balancer endpoint, and tenant account for all clusters, or you can configure each of these items for each cluster.