What’s new with on-premises ONTAP clusters
Learn what’s new with on-premises ONTAP cluster management in BlueXP.
4 May 2023
Enable BlueXP backup and recovery
Beginning with ONTAP 9.13.1, you can use System Manager (advanced view) to enable BlueXP backup and recovery if you discovered the cluster using a Connector. Learn more about enabling BlueXP backup and recovery
Upgrade ONTAP version image and hardware firmware
Beginning with ONTAP 9.10.1, you can use System Manager (advanced view) to upgrade the ONTAP version image and hardware firmware. You can choose to receive automatic upgrades to stay up to date, or you can make manual updates from your local machine or a server that can be accessed using BlueXP. Learn more about upgrading ONTAP and firmware
|If you do not have a Connector, you cannot make updates from your local machine, only from a server that can be accessed using BlueXP.|
3 April 2023
Single discovery option from the BlueXP console
When you discover an on-prem ONTAP cluster from the BlueXP console, you’ll now see a single option:
Previously, there were separate flows for direct discovery and for discovery with a Connector. Both of those options are still available, but merged into a single flow.
When you start the discovery process, BlueXP discovers the cluster as follows:
If you have an active Connector that has a connection to your ONTAP cluster, BlueXP will use that Connector to discover and manage the cluster.
If you don’t have a Connector or if your Connector doesn’t have a connection to the ONTAP cluster, then BlueXP will automatically use the direct discovery and management option.
1 January 2023
Save ONTAP credentials
When you open an on-premises ONTAP working environment that was discovered directly without using a Connector, you now have the option to save your ONTAP cluster credentials so that you don’t need to enter them each time that you open the working environment.
4 December 2022
The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.24 release of the Connector.
New way to discover on-premises ONTAP clusters
You can now directly discover your on-premises ONTAP clusters without using a Connector. This option enables cluster management through System Manager only. You can’t enable any BlueXP data services on this type of working environment.
For on-premises ONTAP clusters that are discovered through a Connector, the Standard view in BlueXP now shows the FlexGroup volumes that were created through System Manager or the ONTAP CLI. You can also manage these volumes by cloning them, editing their settings, deleting them, and more.
BlueXP does not support creating FlexGroup volumes. You’ll need to continue using System Manager or the CLI to create FlexGroup volumes.
18 September 2022
The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.22 release of the Connector.
New Overview page
We’ve introduced a new Overview page to provide key details about an on-premises ONTAP cluster. For example, you can now view details like storage efficiency, capacity distribution, and system information.
You can also view details about integration with other BlueXP services that enable data tiering, data replication, and backups.
Redesigned Volumes page
We redesigned the Volumes page to provide a summary of the volumes on a cluster. The summary shows you the total number of volumes, the amount of provisioned capacity, used and reserved capacity, and the amount of tiered data.
7 June 2022
The following change was introduced with the 3.9.19 release of the Connector.
New Advanced View
If you need to perform advanced management of an ONTAP on-premises cluster, you can do so using ONTAP System Manager, which is a management interface that’s provided with an ONTAP system. We have included the System Manager interface directly inside Cloud Manager so that you don’t need to leave Cloud Manager for advanced management.
This Advanced View is available as a Preview with on-premises ONTAP clusters running 9.10.0 or later. We plan to refine this experience and add enhancements in upcoming releases. Please send us feedback by using the in-product chat.
27 February 2022
An "On-Premises ONTAP" tab is available in the Digital Wallet
Now you can view an inventory of your on-premises ONTAP clusters along with their hardware and service contracts expiration dates. Additional details about the clusters are also available.
Learn how to view this important on-prem cluster information. You’ll need to have a NetApp Support Site account (NSS) for the clusters, and the NSS credentials will need to be attached to your Cloud Manager account.
11 January 2022
Tags that you add to volumes on on-premises ONTAP clusters can be use with the Tagging service
Tags that you add to a volume are now associated with the tagging feature of the Application Templates service, which can help you organize and simplify the management of your resources.