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):
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:
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.
3 April 2022
System Manager link has been removed
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
From Azure, create a key vault and then generate a key in that vault.
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:
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.
The following permissions enable Cloud Manager to remove Cloud Volumes ONTAP resources from a resource group, in case of deployment failure or deletion:
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.
Azure Private Link enhancement
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).
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.
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.
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.
Larger disks in Google Cloud
Cloud Volumes ONTAP now supports 64 TB disks in GCP.
|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.
Azure Private Link for Cloud Volumes ONTAP
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.