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Learn what’s new with Cloud Volumes ONTAP management in Cloud Manager.

The enhancements described on this page are specific to Cloud Manager features that enable management of Cloud Volumes ONTAP. To learn what’s new with the Cloud Volumes ONTAP software itself, go to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP Release Notes

2 May 2022

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.18 release of the Connector.

Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.11.0

Cloud Manager can now deploy and manage Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.11.0.

Enhancement to mediator upgrades

When Cloud Manager upgrades the mediator for an HA pair, it now validates that a new mediator image is available before it deletes the boot disk. This change ensures that the mediator can continue to operate successfully if the upgrade process is unsuccessful.

K8s tab has been removed

The K8s tab was deprecated in a previous and has now been removed. If you want to use Kubernetes with Cloud Volumes ONTAP, you can add managed-Kubernetes clusters to the Canvas as a working environment for advanced data management.

Annual contract in Azure

The Essentials and Professional packages are now available in Azure through an annual contract. You can contact your NetApp sales representative to purchase an annual contract. The contract is available as a private offer in the Azure Marketplace.

After NetApp shares the private offer with you, you can select the annual plan when you subscribe from the Azure Marketplace during working environment creation.

S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval

You can now store tiered data in the Amazon S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class.

New AWS permissions required for the Connector

The following permissions are now required to create an AWS spread placement group when deploying an HA pair in a single Availability Zone (AZ):

"ec2:DescribePlacementGroups",
"iam:GetRolePolicy",

These permissions are now required to optimize how Cloud Manager creates the placement group.

Be sure to provide these permissions to each set of AWS credentials that you’ve added to Cloud Manager. You can find the latest list of permissions on the Cloud Manager policies page.

New Google Cloud region support

Cloud Volumes ONTAP is now supported in the following Google Cloud regions starting with the 9.10.1 release:

  • Delhi (asia-south2)

  • Melbourne (australia-southeast2)

  • Milan (europe-west8) - single node only

  • Santiago (southamerica-west1) - single node only

Support for n2-standard-16 in Google Cloud

The n2-standard-16 machine type is now supported with Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Google Cloud, starting with the 9.10.1 release.

Enhancements to Google Cloud firewall policies

  • When you create a Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA pair in Google Cloud, Cloud Manager will now display all existing firewall policies in a VPC.

    Previously, Cloud Manager wouldn’t display any policies in VPC-1, VPC-2, or VPC-3 that didn’t have a target tag.

  • When you create a Cloud Volumes ONTAP single node system in Google Cloud, you can now choose whether you want the predefined firewall policy to allow traffic within the selected VPC only (recommended) or all VPCs.

Enhancement to Google Cloud service accounts

When you select the Google Cloud service account to use with Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Cloud Manager now displays the email address that’s associated with each service account. Viewing the email address can make it easier to distinguish between service accounts that share the same name.

A screenshot of the service account field

3 April 2022

We have removed the System Manager link that was previously available from within a Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment.

You can still connect to System Manager by entering the cluster management IP address in a web browser that has a connection to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP system. Learn more about connecting to System Manager.

Charging for WORM storage

Now that the introductory special rate has expired, you will now be charged for using WORM storage. Charging is hourly, according to the total provisioned capacity of WORM volumes. This applies to new and existing Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems.

27 February 2022

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.16 release of the Connector.

Redesigned volume wizard

The create new volume wizard that we recently introduced is now available when creating a volume on a specific aggregate from the Advanced allocation option.

9 February 2022

Marketplace updates

  • The Essentials package and Professional package are now available in all cloud provider marketplaces.

    These by-capacity charging methods enable you to pay by the hour or to purchase an annual contract directly from your cloud provider. You still have the option to purchase a by-capacity license directly from NetApp.

    If you have an existing subscription in a cloud marketplace, you’re automatically subscribed to these new offerings as well. You can choose by-capacity charging when you deploy a new Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment.

    If you’re a new customer, Cloud Manager will prompt you to subscribe when you create a new working environment.

  • By-node licensing from all cloud provider marketplaces is deprecated and no longer available for new subscribers. This includes annual contracts and hourly subscriptions (Explore, Standard, and Premium).

    This charging method is still available for existing customers who have an active subscription.

6 February 2022

Exchange unassigned licenses

If you have an unassigned node-based license for Cloud Volumes ONTAP that you haven’t used, you can now exchange the license by converting it to a Cloud Backup license, Cloud Data Sense license, or Cloud Tiering license.

This action revokes the Cloud Volumes ONTAP license and creates a dollar-equivalent license for the service with the same expiry date.

30 January 2022

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.15 release of the Connector.

Redesigned licensing selection

We redesigned the licensing selection screen when creating a new Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment. The changes highlight the by-capacity charging methods that were introduced in July 2021 and support upcoming offerings through the cloud provider marketplaces.

Digital Wallet update

We updated the Digital Wallet by consolidating Cloud Volumes ONTAP licenses in a single tab.

20 systems per NetApp account

The maximum number of Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems is limited to 20 per NetApp account, regardless of the licensing model in use.

A system is either an HA pair or a single node system. For example, if you have two Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA pairs and two single node systems, you’d have a total of 4 systems, with room for 16 additional systems in your account.

If you have questions, reach out to your account rep or sales team.

2 January 2022

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.14 release of the Connector.

Support for additional Azure VM types

Cloud Volumes ONTAP is now supported with the following VM types in Microsoft Azure, starting with the 9.10.1 release:

  • E4ds_v4

  • E8ds_v4

  • E32ds_v4

  • E48ds_v4

Go to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP Release Notes for more details about supported configurations.

FlexClone charging update

If you use a capacity-based license for Cloud Volumes ONTAP, you are no longer charged for the capacity used by FlexClone volumes.

Charging method now displayed

Cloud Manager now shows the charging method for each Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment in the right panel of the Canvas.

A screenshot that shows the charging method for a Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment which appears in the right panel after selecting a working environment from the Canvas.

Choose your user name

When you create a Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment, you now have the option to enter your preferred user name, instead of the default admin user name.

A screenshot of the Details and Credentials page in the working environment wizard where you can specify a user name.

Volume creation enhancements

We made a few enhancements to volume creation:

  • We redesigned the create volume wizard for ease of use.

  • Tags that you add to a volume are now associated with the Application Templates service, which can help you organize and simplify the management of your resources.

  • You can now choose a custom export policy for NFS.

A screenshot that shows the Protocol page when creating a new volume.

28 November 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.13 release of the Connector.

Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.10.1

Cloud Manager can now deploy and manage Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.10.1.

Keystone Flex Subscriptions

You can now use Keystone Flex Subscriptions to pay for Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA pairs.

A Keystone Flex Subscription is a pay-as-you-grow subscription-based service that delivers a seamless hybrid cloud experience for those preferring OpEx consumption models to upfront CapEx or leasing.

A Keystone Flex Subscription is supported with all new versions of Cloud Volumes ONTAP that you can deploy from Cloud Manager.

New AWS region support

Cloud Volumes ONTAP is now supported in the AWS Asia Pacific (Osaka) region (ap-northeast-3).

Port reduction

Ports 8023 and 49000 are no longer open on Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems in Azure for both single node systems and HA pairs.

This change applies to new Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems starting with the 3.9.13 release of the Connector.

4 October 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.11 release of the Connector.

Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.10.0

Cloud Manager can now deploy and manage Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.10.0.

Reduced deployment time

We reduced the amount of time that it takes to deploy a Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment in Microsoft Azure or in Google Cloud when normal write speed is enabled. The deployment time is now 3-4 minutes shorter on average.

2 September 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.10 release of the Connector.

Customer-managed encryption key in Azure

Data is automatically encrypted on Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure using Azure Storage Service Encryption with a Microsoft-managed key. But you can now use your own customer-managed encryption key instead by completing the following steps:

  1. From Azure, create a key vault and then generate a key in that vault.

  2. From Cloud Manager, use the API to create a Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment that uses the key.

7 July 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.8 release of the Connector.

New charging methods

New charging methods are available for Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

  • Capacity-based BYOL: A capacity-based license enables you to pay for Cloud Volumes ONTAP per TiB of capacity. The license is associated with your NetApp account and enables you to create as multiple Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems, as long as enough capacity is available through your license. Capacity-based licensing is available in the form of a package, either Essentials or Professional.

  • Freemium offering: Freemium enables you to use all Cloud Volumes ONTAP features free of charge from NetApp (cloud provider charges still apply). You’re limited to 500 GiB of provisioned capacity per system and there’s no support contract. You can have up to 10 Freemium systems.

    Here’s an example of the charging methods that you can choose from:

    A screenshot of the Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment wizard where you can choose a charging method.

WORM storage available for general use

Write once, read many (WORM) storage is no longer in Preview and is now available for general use with Cloud Volumes ONTAP. Learn more about WORM storage.

Support for m5dn.24xlarge in AWS

Starting with the 9.9.1 release, Cloud Volumes ONTAP now supports the m5dn.24xlarge instance type with the following charging methods: PAYGO Premium, bring your own license (BYOL), and Freemium.

Select existing Azure resource groups

When creating a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system in Azure, you now have the option to select an existing resource group for the VM and its associated resources.

A screenshot of the Create Working Environment wizard where you can select an existing resource group.

The following permissions enable Cloud Manager to remove Cloud Volumes ONTAP resources from a resource group, in case of deployment failure or deletion:

"Microsoft.Network/privateEndpoints/delete",
"Microsoft.Compute/availabilitySets/delete",

Be sure to provide these permissions to each set of Azure credentials that you’ve added to Cloud Manager. You can find the latest list of permissions on the Cloud Manager policies page.

Blob public access now disabled in Azure

As a security enhancement, Cloud Manager now disables Blob public access when creating a storage account for Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

By default, Cloud Manager now enables an Azure Private Link connection on the boot diagnostics storage account for new Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems.

This means all storage accounts for Cloud Volumes ONTAP will now use a private link.

Balanced persistent disks in Google Cloud

Starting with the 9.9.1 release, Cloud Volumes ONTAP now supports Balanced persistent disks (pd-balanced).

These SSDs balance performance and cost by providing lower IOPS per GiB.

custom-4-16384 no longer supported in Google Cloud

The custom-4-16384 machine type is no longer supported with new Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems.

If you have an existing system running on this machine type, you can keep using it, but we recommend switching to the n2-standard-4 machine type.

30 May 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.7 release of the Connector.

New Professional Package in AWS

A new Professional Package enables you to bundle Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Backup Service by using an annual contract from the AWS Marketplace. Payment is per TiB. This subscription doesn’t enable you to back up on-prem data.

If you choose this payment option, you can provision up to 2 PiB per Cloud Volumes ONTAP system through EBS disks and tiering to S3 object storage (single node or HA).

Go to the AWS Marketplace page to view pricing details and go to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP Release Notes to learn more about this licensing option.

Tags on EBS volumes in AWS

Cloud Manager now adds tags to EBS volumes when it creates a new Cloud Volumes ONTAP working environment. The tags were previously created after Cloud Volumes ONTAP was deployed.

This change can help if your organization uses service control policies (SCPs) to manage permissions.

Minimum cooling period for auto tiering policy

If you enabled data tiering on a volume using the auto tiering policy, you can now adjust the minimum cooling period using the API.

Enhancement to custom export policies

When you create a new NFS volume, Cloud Manager now displays custom export policies in ascending order, making it easier for you to find the export policy that you need.

Deletion of old cloud snapshots

Cloud Manager now deletes older cloud snapshots of root and boot disks that are created when a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system is deployed and every time its powered down. Only the two most recent snapshots are retained for both the root and boot volumes.

This enhancement helps reduce cloud provider costs by removing snapshots that are no longer needed.

Note that a Connector requires a new permission to delete Azure snapshots. View the latest Cloud Manager policy for Azure.

"Microsoft.Compute/snapshots/delete"

24 May 2021

Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.1

Cloud Manager can now deploy and manage Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.1.

11 Apr 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.5 release of the Connector.

Logical space reporting

Cloud Manager now enables logical space reporting on the initial storage VM that it creates for Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

When space is reported logically, ONTAP reports the volume space such that all the physical space saved by the storage efficiency features are also reported as used.

Support for gp3 disks in AWS

Cloud Volumes ONTAP now supports General Purpose SSD (gp3) disks, starting with the 9.7 release. gp3 disks are the lowest-cost SSDs that balance cost and performance for a broad range of workloads.

Cold HDD disks no longer supported in AWS

Cloud Volumes ONTAP no longer supports Cold HDD (sc1) disks.

TLS 1.2 for Azure storage accounts

When Cloud Manager creates storage accounts in Azure for Cloud Volumes ONTAP, the TLS version for the storage account is now version 1.2.

8 Mar 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.4 release of the Connector.

Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.0

Cloud Manager can now deploy and manage Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.0.

Support for the AWS C2S environment

You can now deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.8 in the AWS Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) environment.

AWS encryption with customer-managed CMKs

Cloud Manager has always enabled you to encrypt Cloud Volumes ONTAP data using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Starting with Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.0, data on EBS disks and data tiered to S3 are encrypted if you select a customer-managed CMK. Previously, only EBS data would be encrypted.

Note that you’ll need to provide the Cloud Volumes ONTAP IAM role with access to use the CMK.

Support for Azure DoD

You can now deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.8 in the Azure Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level 6 (IL6).

IP address reduction in Google Cloud

We’ve reduced the number of IP addresses that are required for Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.8 and later in Google Cloud. By default, one less IP address is required (we unified the intercluster LIF with the node management LIF). You also have the option to skip the creation of the SVM management LIF when using the API, which would reduce the need for an additional IP address.

Shared VPC support in Google Cloud

When you deploy a Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA pair in Google Cloud, you can now choose shared VPCs for VPC-1, VPC-2, and VPC-3. Previously, only VPC-0 could be a shared VPC. This change is supported with Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.8 and later.

4 Jan 2021

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.2 release of the Connector.

AWS Outposts

A few months ago, we announced that Cloud Volumes ONTAP had achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outposts Ready designation. Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve validated Cloud Manager and Cloud Volumes ONTAP with AWS Outposts.

If you have an AWS Outpost, you can deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP in that Outpost by selecting the Outpost VPC in the Working Environment wizard. The experience is the same as any other VPC that resides in AWS. Note that you will need to first deploy a Connector in your AWS Outpost.

There are a few limitations to point out:

  • Only single node Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems are supported at this time

  • The EC2 instances that you can use with Cloud Volumes ONTAP are limited to what’s available in your Outpost

  • Only General Purpose SSDs (gp2) are supported at this time

Ultra SSD VNVRAM in supported Azure regions

Cloud Volumes ONTAP can now use an Ultra SSD as VNVRAM when you use the E32s_v3 VM type with a single node system in any supported Azure region.

VNVRAM provides better write performance.

Choose an Availability Zone in Azure

You can now choose the Availability Zone in which you’d like to deploy a single node Cloud Volumes ONTAP system. If you don’t select an AZ, Cloud Manager will select one for you.

A screenshot of the Availability Zone drop-down list that’s available after choosing a region.

Larger disks in Google Cloud

Cloud Volumes ONTAP now supports 64 TB disks in GCP.

Note The maximum system capacity with disks alone remains at 256 TB due to GCP limits.

New machine types in Google Cloud

Cloud Volumes ONTAP now supports the following machine types:

  • n2-standard-4 with the Explore license and with BYOL

  • n2-standard-8 with the Standard license and with BYOL

  • n2-standard-32 with the Premium license and with BYOL

3 Nov 2020

The following changes were introduced with the 3.9.0 release of the Connector.

By default, Cloud Manager now enables an Azure Private Link connection between Cloud Volumes ONTAP and its associated storage accounts. A Private Link secures connections between endpoints in Azure.