NetApp E2800 Series Software

E2800 all-flash and hybrid systems run the SANtricity OS and the on-box web-based SANtricity System Manager software.

NetApp® SANtricity® software lets you achieve maximum performance and utilization of your E2800 data storage systems.

The SANtricity operating system:

  • Accelerates performance for high-IOPS and low-latency applications as well as high-bandwidth and high-throughput applications—all out of the same enterprise-grade storage building block
  • Delivers best-in-class reliability with automated features, online configuration options, state-of-the-art RAID, proactive monitoring, and AutoSupport™ capabilities
  • Features extended data protection via Dynamic Disk Pools, Snapshot® copies, mirroring, data-at-rest encryption[*], and T10-PI standard support to ensure data integrity and extensive diagnostic capabilities

SANtricity Storage Manager:

  • Offers extensive configuration flexibility and custom performance tuning
  • Features online administration
  • Simplifies storage management through an easy-to-use intuitive interface with wizards

SANtricity System Manager:

  • Provides an easy-to-use, web-based, on-box user interface
  • Lets you manage your E2800 storage system anytime, anywhere

The following table describes the standard SANtricity software features that are available with every E-Series and EF-Series storage system.

Feature Function Customer Benefit
SANtricity Operating System
High Availability
Dual I/O path protection Sustain availability and load balancing in the event of path failures. Gain access resiliency, increase data availability, and load balance for performance by working around path HBA and connectivity faults.
Mirroring Get synchronous and asynchronous volume mirroring, with consistency groups. Protect against site failures through remote mirroring of critical data. For RPO of zero, synchronous mirroring is available for short distances, while asynchronous replication is available for longer distances without slowing local processing speeds.
Data Protection
Dynamic Disk Pools Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) enables dynamic rebalancing of drive-count changes and increased data protection. DDP significantly lowers data exposure during drive failure. It reconstructs data much faster while protecting performance. Drive failures or additions become non-events.
RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 Multiple RAID levels offer the flexibility to optimize for your workloads—and they can be changed on the fly. Optimize for your workload performance. You can even change the RAID group or strip size while a volume stays online.
Data Assurance Support for T10-PI standard Data assurance, based on the ANSI T10-PI standard, offers enterprise-grade data integrity and protects against silent data corruption.
Proactive Drive Health Monitoring Detect issues before a drive fails. Proactive Drive Health Monitoring examines drive health and notifies administrators much earlier that a drive is having issues—allowing time for replacement before the drive affects the system.
Background Media Scans Background media scans proactively check drives for media defects and initiate repairs. Improve E-Series and EF-Series system reliability and robustness.
Snapshot Create a point-in-time image of data or a set of related data volumes. Snapshot technology and views provide a look into the data at a specific time, forming the basis for RPO, test and development, and other modifiable datasets.
Volume Copy Create a complete physical copy (clone) of a volume in a storage system. The clone volume is a unique entity that can be assigned to any host and used by applications that require a full point-in-time copy of production data (such as backup, application testing or development, information analysis, or data mining) without affecting the performance of the production volume.
Diagnostic

Recovery Guru

It provides troubleshooting assistance and procedure guidance. Recover your system faster in the unlikely event of an issue.
Performance
SSD Cache Achieve automatic serving of high-reference data by up to 5TB of SSD via data-driven caching. Data-driven caching accelerates applications while providing low-latency SSD access for highly referenced data.
SANtricity Storage Manager
Storage Administration Manage the SANtricity OS and E-Series storage systems and EF-Series all-flash arrays.

Intuitive GUI and task wizards automate functionality, making it easy to set up and operate the E-Series and EF-Series systems. SANtricity Storage Manager also provides access to the detailed configuration for experts wishing to optimize manually.

Enterprise Management Window See a combined overview of all E-Series and EF-Series systems, with consolidated host-level administration and alerts, plus access to individual storage system management. The easy-to-use consolidated view of all storage systems, with consolidated reporting and host management, speeds common high-level storage maintenance tasks. Respond quickly and easily to systems needing attention.
Array Management Window Manage individual storage systems, diagnose issues, and change configurations. Configure individual volume group attributes, define hosts and access rights, monitor system health and performance, and view event and performance logs. The Array Management window makes it quick and easy to deliver storage value to your enterprise SAN environment.
Online Management Manage all operations online. You can manage your E-Series and EF-Series systems as 'no scheduled downtime' systems. Save yourself the headaches of coordinating service windows while continuing to deliver storage business value.
SANtricity System Manager
Web-based User Interface Manage individual storage systems, diagnose issues, and change configurations. You gain the flexibility to log into an individual system from a variety of web browsers and manage your storage through an easy-to-use on-box, web interface.
Performance Monitoring Enhanced performance monitoring and access to 30 days of performance data. Gain insight into your environment and track performance
Storage Management View The single dashboard shows real-time status of key operations. The easy-to-use view of all operations, with consolidated reporting and host management, speeds common high-level storage maintenance tasks.

Optional Software
Affordable, easy-to-buy add-on software is available to enhance your base-system functionality.

Feature Function Benefit
Full Disk Encryption AES-256 encryption and simplified key management protect data throughout the drive’s lifecycle without sacrificing performance. All drives leave the datacenter. With Full Disk Encryption, your data doesn’t have to leave with them—and you also can perform secure instant erase for repurposing systems. SANtricity also supports FIPS-certified hard drives for security-sensitive customers.
[*] Hardware and software for at-rest data encryption is not available in certain countries including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and other Eurasian Customs Union countries.