What’s new in this release of NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription services

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The following features and enhancements have been introduced in this release of NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription (Flex Subscription) services:

Features introduced in NetApp Service Engine 2.1

The new features in this release include supporting multi-tenancy in a Flex Subscription environment, and tiering capability that facilitates moving of inactive data to a lower cost local or cloud tier.

Introducing Flex Subscription services for service providers

NetApp Service Engine now supports the management of a multi-tenant environment by a service provider. You can perform the functions of provisioning, reporting, billing, and managing customers having their own subscriptions. For supporting this feature, the following enhancements have been made:

  • Dashboard: The Dashboard displays information on the storage subscriptions, such as service tiers, capacity usage for each service level, and add-on data protection services, for a specific subscription number. As a service provider, you can view the details of your NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription and tenant subscriptions. As a tenant administrator, you can view the details of all the tenant subscriptions for your tenancy.

  • Reporting: You can create capacity and performance reports with respect to your NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription usage and also for your tenant usage. As a partner administrator, you can view the capacity report for your Flex Subscription usage from Reports > Keystone Usage. As a partner admin, you can view the capacity usage reports for a specific tenant from Reports > Tenant Usage/Capacity Usage. As a tenant administrator, you can view the tenancy reports from Reports > Tenant Usage.

  • Subscription: As a partner admin, you can view and update your Flex Subscription and tenant subscriptions from SUBSCRIPTIONS > Keystone Subscriptions and SUBSCRIPTIONS > Tenant Subscriptions respectively. As a tenant administrator, you can only view your tenant subscriptions.

  • Users: Based on your role, you can assign privileges to a new or existing user within a tenancy as per the requirement. The role can be NetApp administrator, NetApp administrator with read only privileges, partner administrator, or tenant administrator. As a partner administrator, you can assign only partner administrator or tenant administrator roles to new users. A tenant administrator user can assign only the tenant administrator role to other users.

  • Networks menu: As a partner administrator, you can view the networks defined for your tenancy. You can also create subnets for your subtenant and zone from NETWORKS > Subnets. This is required while provisioning storage by the end customers or subtenants.

  • API support: The /tenants/{tenant_id}/zones/{zone_name}/subnets and /tenants/{tenant_id}/zones/{zone_name}/subnets/{id}/tags APIs are being offered as a part of this release to create and view subnets for subtenants.

Tiering

NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription service now includes a tiering capability that leverages the NetApp FabricPool technology. It identifies less frequently used data and tiers it to a cold storage that is owned, deployed, and managed on-premises by NetApp. You can opt for tiering by subscribing to the extreme-tiering or premium-tiering performance levels.

The following APIs have been modified to include new attribute values for the new tiering service levels:

  • File services APIs

  • Block store APIs

For more information, see the following links:
* Tiering
* Performance Service Levels

Features introduced in NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription 2.0.1

Support extended to Cloud Volumes Services for Google Cloud Platform

NetApp Service Engine now has the ability to support Cloud Volumes Services for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in addition to its existing support for Azure NetApp Files. You can now manage subscribed services, and provision and modify Google Cloud Volumes from NetApp Service Engine.

Subscriptions to Cloud Volumes Services are managed outside of NetApp Service Engine. The relevant credentials are provided to NetApp Service Engine to allow connection to the cloud services.

Ability to manage objects provisioned outside of NetApp Service Engine

The volumes (disks and file shares) that already exist in the customer environment and belong to the storage VMs configured in NetApp Service Engine, can now be viewed and managed as a part of your NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription (Flex Subscription). The volumes provisioned outside of the NetApp Service Engine are now listed on the Shares and Disks pages with appropriate status codes. A background process runs at a periodic interval and imports the foreign workloads within your NetApp Service Engine instance.

The imported disks and file shares may not be in the same standard as the existing disks and file shares on NetApp Service Engine. After import, these disks and file shares are categorized with Non-Standard status. You can raise a service request from Support > Service Request > New Service Request for them to be standardized and managed through the NetApp Service Engine portal.

SnapCenter integration with NetApp Service Engine

As a part of SnapCenter integration with NetApp Service Engine, you can now clone your disks and file shares from the Snapshots created in your SnapCenter environment, outside of your NetApp Service Engine instance. While cloning a file share or disk from an existing Snapshot on the NetApp Service Engine portal, these Snapshots are listed for your selection. An acquisition process runs in the background at a periodic interval to import the Snapshots within your NetApp Service Engine instance.

New screen for maintaining backups

The new Backup screen enables you to view and manage the backups of the disks and file shares created in your environment. You can edit the backup policies, break the backup relationship with the source volume, and also delete the backup volume with all its recovery points. This feature allows the backups to be retained (as orphan backups) even when the source volumes are deleted, for later restoration. For restoring a file share or disk from a specific recovery point, you can raise a service request from Support > Service Request > New Service Request.

Provision for restricting user access on CIFS shares

You can now specify the Access Control List (ACL) for restricting user access on a CIFS (SMB) or multi-protocol share. You can specify Windows users or groups based on the Active Directory (AD) settings to add to the ACL.
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Features introduced in NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription 2.0

MetroCluster support

NetApp Service Engine supports sites configured with MetroCluster configurations. MetroCluster is a data protection feature of ONTAP that provides recovery point objectives (RPO) 0 or recovery time objectives (RTO) 0 using synchronous mirror for continuously available storage.
MetroCluster support translates to a synchronous disaster recovery feature within NetApp Service Engine. Each side of an MetroCluster instance is registered as a separate zone, each with its own subscription that includes a Data Protection Advanced rate plan.
Shares or disks created in a MetroCluster-enabled zone synchronously replicate to the second zone. The consumption of the replicated zone follows the Data Protection Advanced rate plan applicable to the zone where storage is provisioned.

Cloud Volumes Services support

NetApp Service Engine now has the ability to support Cloud Volumes Services. It can now support Azure NetApp Files.

Subscriptions to Cloud Volumes Services are managed outside of NetApp Service Engine. The relevant credentials are provided to NetApp Service Engine to allow connection to the cloud services.

NetApp Service Engine supports:

  • Provisioning or modifying the Cloud Volumes Services volumes (including the ability to take snapshots)

  • Backing up data to a Cloud Volumes Services zone

  • Viewing Cloud Volumes Services volumes in NSE inventory

  • Viewing Cloud Volumes Services usage.

Host groups

NetApp Service Engine supports the use of host groups. A host group is a group of FC protocol host worldwide port names (WWPNs) or iSCSI host node names (IQNs). You can define host groups and map them to disks to control which initiators have access to the disks.
Host groups replace the need to specify individual initiators for every disk and allow for the following:

  • An additional disk to be presented to the same set of initiators

  • Updating the set of initiators across multiple disks

Burst usage and notifications

Some NetApp Service Engine-supported storage subscriptions allow customers to use a burst capacity over their committed capacity, which is charged separately over and above the subscribed committed capacity. It is important for users to understand when they are about to use or have used burst capacity to control their usage and costs.

Notification when a proposed change results in using burst capacity

A notification to display a change in the proposed provisioning that will cause a subscription to go into burst. The user can choose to continue, knowing that will put the subscription into burst or choose not to continue with the action.
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Notification when subscription is in burst

A notification banner is displayed when a subscription is in burst.
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Capacity report shows burst usage

Capacity report showing the number of days the subscription has been in burst and the quantity of burst capacity used.
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Performance Report

A new Performance Report in the NetApp Service Engine web interface displays information about the performance of individual disks or shares on the following performance measures:

  • IOPS/TiB (Input/Output operations per second per tebibyte): The rate at which input and output operations per second (IOPS) occur on the storage device.

  • Throughput in MBps: The data transfer rate to and from the storage media in megabytes per second.

  • Latency (ms): The average time for reads and writes from the disk or share in milliseconds.

Subscription management

Subscription management has been enhanced. You can now:

  • Request a data protection add-on, or request additional capacity for a data protection add-on for a subscription or service

  • View data protection usage capacity

Billing enhancement

Billing now supports the ability to measure and bill for snapshot usage for ONTAP (file and block) storage.

Hidden CIFS shares

NetApp Service Engine supports creating hidden CIFS shares.