Tiering inactive data from your first cluster to Azure Blob storage Edit on GitHub Request doc changes

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After you prepare your Azure environment, just log in to Cloud Tiering and start tiering inactive data from your first cluster.

Discovering your first cluster

Your first step is to deploy a NetApp Service Connector, which discovers information about the active and inactive data on your ONTAP cluster.

What you’ll need
  • The cluster management IP address of your cluster.

  • The user name and password of an ONTAP account that has administrator-level privileges.

    The Service Connector uses this account to send API operations to the ONTAP cluster.

  • An Azure account that has the required permissions to deploy the Service Connector virtual machine.

  • The Azure subscription, region, VNet, and subnet in which the Service Connector will reside.

If you haven’t met these requirements, see Preparing to tier data to Azure.

  1. Go to NetApp Cloud Central.

  2. Log in and select the Cloud Tiering service.

  3. Click Let’s Start, Discover Your First Cluster.

  4. Enter information about your ONTAP cluster:

    • The cluster management IP address

    • The user name and password of an account that has administrator-level privileges

  5. Click Add Service Connector and follow the prompts:

    1. Select Microsoft Azure as the target location for the Service Connector.

    2. When prompted, sign in and accept the permissions request from Microsoft.

      The form is owned and hosted by Microsoft. Your credentials are not provided to NetApp.

    3. Virtual Machine Authentication: Enter a name for the virtual machine and choose an authentication method.

    4. Basic Settings: Select an Azure subscription, choose a region, and specify a new or existing resource group for the virtual machine.

    5. Network: Select a VNet and subnet, choose whether to assign a public IP address, and specify an HTTP proxy, if one is required for outbound connectivity.

      Remember, the Service Connector must have a constant connection to the ONTAP cluster and a constant internet connection to the Cloud Tiering service.

    6. Security Group: Select Create a new security group so Cloud Tiering can create the security group, or select an existing security group.

      The security group that Cloud Tiering creates has no inbound connectivity and open outbound connectivity.

  6. Back on the Discover ONTAP Cluster page, select the Service Connector that you just created and click Continue.

    A screenshot that shows details of an ONTAP cluster and a selected Service Connector running in Azure.

Tiering inactive data to Azure Blob storage

You’re now ready to start tiering inactive data to low-cost object storage.

  1. Click Set up Tiering and follow the prompts.

  2. Source Volumes: Select the volumes that you want to tier and choose a tiering policy for each volume.

    A screenshot that shows volumes selected in the Select Source Volumes page.

  3. Cluster Connectivity: 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.

    If you haven’t reviewed requirements for the IPspace and the associated intercluster LIFs, see ONTAP cluster requirements.

  4. Object Storage Provider: Click Continue to choose Azure as your object storage provider.

  5. Object Storage: Enter the information needed for your object storage provider and click Continue.

    • The region for the Blob container

    • The Blob access tier (only Hot is supported at this time)

      You don’t need to create the Blob container. Cloud Tiering does that for you.
  6. Review: Review your selections and click Go.

    A screenshot that shows the Review and Approve page

You can also add additional clusters or review information about the active and inactive data on the cluster. For details, see Managing data tiering from your clusters.