Tiering inactive data from your first cluster to Google Cloud Storage

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After you prepare your Google Cloud 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.

  • A Google account that has the required permissions to deploy the Service Connector virtual machine.

  • The project, region, VPC, and subnet in which the Service Connector will reside.

  • A service account that includes the permissions defined in the Service Connector policy for GCP.

If you haven’t met these requirements, see Preparing to tier data to Google Cloud Storage.

  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 Google Cloud Platform as the target location for the Service Connector.

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

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

    3. Basic Settings: Enter a name for the virtual machine and then select a project and service account.

    4. Location: Specify networking for the virtual machine—​a region, zone, VPC, and subnet, and then choose whether you want to assign a public IP address and specify an HTTP proxy 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.

    5. Firewall Policy: Select Create a new firewall policy so Cloud Tiering can create the security group, or select an existing firewall policy.

      The firewall policy that Cloud Tiering creates allows inbound HTTP, HTTPS, and SSH connectivity. It has open outbound connectivity.

    6. Click Go.

  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 GCP.

Tiering inactive data to a Google Cloud Storage bucket

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

What you’ll need
  • Storage access keys for a service account that has the Storage Admin role.

  • The region where the Google Cloud Storage bucket will reside.

  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 Google Cloud as your object storage provider.

  5. Object Storage: Enter the information needed for the GCP bucket:

    • A storage access key and secret key for a service account

    • The region for the bucket

    • The storage class (only Standard is supported at this time)

      You don’t need to create the Google Cloud Storage bucket. 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.