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NetApp periodically updates Cloud Tiering to bring you new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

8 Sept 2019

This Cloud Tiering update includes the following new features and enhancements.

Tiering setup status

Cloud Tiering now shows the status of tiering setup for each cluster. For example, the status might indicate that Cloud Tiering is setting up the object store, or that it successfully set up 145 volumes for data tiering. The status also identifies if any failures occurred during setup.

A screenshot that shows the Tiering setup status for a cluster. In this example

Integration with Cloud Manager AWS subscriptions

If you use NetApp Cloud Manager and you’ve already subscribed through its new AWS Marketplace offering, then you’re automatically subscribed to Cloud Tiering, as well. You’ll see an active subscription in Cloud Tiering in the Licensing tab. You won’t need to subscribe.

If you’ve already subscribed through Cloud Tiering, then this change has no impact to you. You’re all set.

7 Aug 2019

This update includes the following new features and enhancements.

On-premises Service Connector for data tiering to S3

You can now install the Service Connector on an on-premises Linux host when you tier cold data to AWS S3.
Learn more.

Auto discovery of clusters

If you discovered ONTAP clusters through NetApp Cloud Manager, the clusters are automatically added to Cloud Tiering if they support data tiering.

Object storage connectivity check

If Cloud Tiering finds a connectivity problem with the object storage bucket, the tiering health indicator in the dashboard provides details about the problem.

A screenshot that shows a tiering failure on the dashboard.

4 July 2019

Cloud Tiering was updated to fix a few bugs.

10 June 2019

This update includes the following new features and enhancements.

Cloud Tiering is now generally available

The Controlled Availability release of Cloud Tiering has completed—​Cloud Tiering is now available for customer use from NetApp Cloud Central. A 30-day free trial is available for both AWS and Azure. It starts when you set up tiering to your first cluster.

Pay-as-you-go from the AWS Marketplace

After your free trial starts, subscribe to the Cloud Tiering service to ensure that there’s no disruption of service after the trial ends. When it ends, you’ll be charged hourly according to the amount of data that you tier.

We’re planning to add Cloud Tiering to the Azure Marketplace as soon Azure supports SaaS pricing.

Support for FlexGroup volumes

You can now tier inactive data from FlexGroup volumes to object storage, starting with ONTAP 9.5. Setup works the same as any other volume.

5 May 2019

This update includes the following new features and enhancements.

Support for Microsoft Azure

You can now tier inactive data from your ONTAP clusters to Azure Blob storage.

Ability to choose an IPspace for connections to object storage

When you set up tiering for an ONTAP cluster, you now need to select the IPspace that ONTAP should use to connect to object storage. Selecting the correct IPspace ensures that Cloud Tiering can set up a connection from ONTAP to your cloud provider’s object storage.

A screenshot that that shows the Cluster Connectivity page that is available when setting up tiering on a new cluster. The page enables you to choose an IPspace on the ONTAP cluster.

To understand the requirements for the IPspace and the associated intercluster LIFs, refer to ONTAP cluster requirements:

7 Apr 2019

This update includes the following new features and enhancements.

Support for FAS systems with all-SSD aggregates

In addition to AFF systems, Cloud Tiering now supports FAS systems that have one or more all-SSD aggregates.

Support for additional versions of ONTAP

Cloud Tiering now supports ONTAP 9.2 and 9.3. This is in addition to supporting ONTAP 9.4 and later.

Ability to choose the type of cold data that you want to tier

For ONTAP 9.4 and later, you can now choose the type of cold data that you want to tier. You can tier all cold data or just Snapshot copies.

If you have an ONTAP 9.2 or 9.3 system, you can tier Snapshot copies only.

The option is available after you click Set up Tiering.

Ability to choose an S3 storage class

When you set up data tiering on a cluster for the first time, you can now choose to tier cold data to the S3 Standard storage class or to the Standard-Infrequent Access storage class. Learn about these S3 storage classes.

A screenshot that shows the Storage Class drop-down option that is available when you set up data tiering on a cluster.