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FlexGroup Quantity Administration for Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is now accessible

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Now you can create, handle, and again up your Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP FlexGroup volumes utilizing the AWS Administration Console, the Amazon FSx CLI, and the AWS SDK. FlexGroups could be as giant as 20 petabytes and supply larger efficiency for demanding workloads. Earlier than this launch you might solely create them utilizing the ONTAP CLI and the ONTAP REST API (these choices stay accessible). Additionally new to this launch is the flexibility to create Amazon FSx backups of your FlexGroup volumes.

FlexVol and FlexGroup
FSx for ONTAP helps two quantity kinds:

FlexVol – Help for as much as 300 TiB of storage, making these volumes a very good match for general-purpose workloads.

FlexGroup – Help for as much as 20 PiB of storage and billions of information per quantity, making these volumes a very good match for extra demanding digital design automation (EDA), seismic evaluation, and software program construct/check workloads.

Utilizing FlexGroups
I’ll use the AWS Administration Console to create a brand new file system. I choose Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, and click on Subsequent:

I choose Normal create, enter a reputation for my file system (FS-Jeff-1), and choose Single-AZ because the deployment kind:

I can use the advisable throughput capability, or I can specify it explicitly:

As you possibly can surmise from the values above, the throughput is set by the variety of excessive availability (HA) pairs that might be used to host your file system. A single-AZ file system could be hosted on as much as 6 such pairs; a multi-AZ file system should reside on a single pair. To be taught extra about these choices go to New – Scale-out file programs for Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

After making my picks for Community & safety, Encryption, and Default storage digital machine configuration, I choose the FlexGroup quantity model, assign a reputation to the preliminary quantity, and both settle for the advisable variety of constituents or specify it myself:

On the subsequent web page I assessment my decisions and click on Create file system:

The creation course of is an efficient time for a lunch break. Once I return the preliminary quantity (Vol1) of my file system is able to use. I can create extra FlexVol or FlexGroup volumes as wanted:

Issues to Know
Listed here are a few issues to bear in mind about FlexGroup volumes:

Constituents – Though every FlexGroup quantity can have as many as 200 constituents, we suggest 8 per HA pair. Given the 300 TiB per-constituent dimension restrict, this lets you create volumes with as much as 2.4 PiB of storage per HA pair. ONTAP will steadiness your information throughout constituents mechanically.

File Counts – In case you are utilizing NFSv3 and anticipate to retailer many billions of information on a FlexGroup quantity, you should definitely allow 64-bit identifiers on the storage digital machine related to the file system.

Backups – Beginning in the present day you can even create backups of FlexGroup volumes, giving you an identical fully-managed built-in choices that you have already got for FlexVol volumes.

NetApp System Supervisor – You should utilize the ONTAP CLI and the browser-based NetApp System Supervisor to carry out superior operations in your ONTAP file programs, storage digital machines, and volumes. The administration endpoint and administrator credentials can be found on the File system particulars web page:

Areas – Each quantity kinds can be found in all AWS Areas the place Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is supported.

Pricing – You pay for the SSD storage, SSD IOPS, and throughput capability that you simply provision, with separate fees for capability pool utilization, backups, and SnapLock licensing; see the Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP Pricing web page to be taught extra.


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