Managing the state of Cloud Volumes ONTAP

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You can stop and start Cloud Volumes ONTAP from BlueXP to manage your cloud compute costs.

Scheduling automatic shutdowns of Cloud Volumes ONTAP

You might want to shut down Cloud Volumes ONTAP during specific time intervals to lower your compute costs. Rather than do this manually, you can configure BlueXP to automatically shut down and then restart systems at specific times.

About this task
  • When you schedule an automatic shutdown of your Cloud Volumes ONTAP system, BlueXP postpones the shutdown if an active data transfer is in progress.

    BlueXP shuts down the system after the transfer is complete.

  • This task schedules automatic shutdowns of both nodes in an HA pair.

  • Snapshots of boot and root disks are not created when turning off Cloud Volumes ONTAP through scheduled shutdowns.

    Snapshots are automatically created only when performing a manual shutdown, as described in the next section.

  1. On the Canvas page, double-click the desired working environment.

  2. On the Overview tab, click the Features panel and then click the pencil icon next to Scheduled Downtime.

  3. Specify the shutdown schedule:

    1. Choose whether you want to shut down the system every day, every weekday, every weekend, or any combination of the three options.

    2. Specify when you want to turn off the system and for how long you want it turned off.


      The following image shows a schedule that instructs BlueXP to shut down the system every Saturday at 20:00 P.M. (8:00 PM) for 12 hours. BlueXP restarts the system every Monday at 12:00 a.m.

      Screen shot: Shows the Schedule downtime screen.

  4. Click Save.


BlueXP saves the schedule. The corresponding Scheduled Downtime line item under the Features panel displays 'On'.

Stopping Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Stopping Cloud Volumes ONTAP saves you from accruing compute costs and creates snapshots of the root and boot disks, which can be helpful for troubleshooting.

Note To reduce costs, BlueXP periodically deletes older snapshots of root and boot disks. Only the two most recent snapshots are retained for both the root and boot disks.
About this task

When you stop an HA pair, BlueXP shuts down both nodes.

  1. From the working environment, click the Turn off icon.

    Screen shot: Shows the icon to turn off a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system.

  2. Keep the option to create snapshots enabled because the snapshots can enable system recovery.

  3. Click Turn Off.

    It can take up to a few minutes to stop the system. You can restart systems at a later time from the working environment page.

    Note Snapshots are created automatically upon reboot.