Deploying Azure NetApp Files – A Quick Guide

I wanted to write a quick guide on how to deploy Azure NetApp Files… yes, in Microsoft Azure. I say quick but that all depends on how much rambling I do this morning… Azure NetApp Files – What Is It? Azure NetApp Files (ANF) is an Azure native deployment of NetApp’s ONTAP platform in their cloud environment. As part of a partnership between Microsoft and NetApp there are AFF hardware platforms deployed across most of Azure’s regions globally. As an Azure native solution provisioning and billing is all done through the Azure Portal. You quite literally don’t need to know[…]

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Intro to Autonomous Ransomware Detection and Mitigation in ONTAP 9.10.1 and Later

With the release of ONTAP 9.10.1 comes a new feature built into ONTAP, anti-ransomware detection. What it Does One of the concerns of a ransomware attack is the lack of visibility, which directly impacts response time. If ransomware kicks off overnight, or over the weekend it could be hour or days before anyone knows what happens. For archive environments it could be even longer with disastrous consequences. Anti-ransomware detection in ONTAP is built on file system analytics and uses “machine learning” to detect possible ransomware attacks on NAS. The first thing it’s looking for is whether the incoming data is[…]

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Deploying Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure via Cloud.NetApp.com (draft)

My last guide was built around installing Cloud Volumes ONTAP (CVO) in Azure done predominantly through the Azure portal. NetApp has since transitioned much of the process to NetApp Cloud Central (cloud.netapp.com) portal. The process is largely the same, just some of the workflow steps have shifted around. For this guide I’m going to walk through deploying CVO and Cloud Manager in Azure. CVO deployment in AWS is also available, Google Cloud is on the road map. Cloud Manager can either be installed in your preferred hyperscaler or in your local environment. Best practice is to have it in the[…]

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