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Cloud Tiering

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.

What you'll need
  • To discover the cluster, you'll need the following:

    • The cluster management IP address.

    • 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.

  • To deploy the Service Connector in GCP, you'll need the following:

    • 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.

  • To set up tiering to Google Cloud Storage, you'll need storage access keys for a service account that has the Storage Admin role.

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

  1. Log in to NetApp Cloud Central.

  2. Select the Cloud Tiering service.

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

  4. Complete the steps on the Discover Cluster page:

    1. Enter the cluster management IP address and the user name and password of an account that has administrator-level privileges.

      A screenshot that shows several fields to discover an ONTAP cluster: the cluster management IP address, user name, and password.

    2. Click Discover Cluster.

      If you already have an existing Service Connector, then Cloud Tiering automatically attempts to use that Service Connector. Cloud Tiering moves on to the next step, if any existing Service Connector has connectivity to the cluster.

    3. If Cloud Tiering prompts you to create a Service Connector, click Create your first Service Connector.

      If you have an existing Service Connector and Cloud Tiering can't use it, then you'll need to do one of two things:

      • Click Add Service Connector to create a new Service Connector.

      • Check the status and connectivity of any existing Service Connectors and then try to discover the cluster again.

    4. If you clicked the button to create a Service Connector, follow the prompts to deploy it in GCP:

      • Select Provider: Select Google Cloud Platform as the target location for the Service Connector.

        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.

      • Basic Settings: Enter a name for the virtual machine, select a project, and then select a service account that includes the permissions defined in the Service Connector policy for GCP.

      • 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.

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

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

        Leave the page open until the deployment is complete.

    5. Back on the Discover Cluster page, select the Service Connector that you just created.

  5. Complete the steps on the Tiering Setup page:

    1. Bucket: Add a new Google Cloud Storage bucket or select an existing bucket and click Continue.

    2. Storage Class: Select the storage class that you want to use for the tiered data and click Continue.

    3. Credentials: Enter the storage access key and secret key for a service account that has the Storage Admin role.

    4. Cluster Network: Select the IPspace that ONTAP should use to connect to object storage and click Continue.

      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.

  6. Click Continue to select the volumes that you want to tier.

  7. For each volume, click the A screenshot of the edit icon that appears at the end of each row in the table for tiering volumes icon, select a tiering policy, optionally adjust the cooling days, and click Apply.

    A screenshot that shows volumes selected in the Tier Volumes page.

  8. When you're done, click Close.


You've successfully set up data tiering from volumes on the cluster to Google Cloud object storage.

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.