Does this mean people using real computers will never be able to enjoy netapp products?
See me shed a tear.
NetApp's FilerView management product is going to be replaced by NetApp System Manager, a Windows application built as a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 snap-in, and available in a few months. The concept behind it is to provide management of one or many NetApp arrays through a simple and easy to use GUI. FilerView is …
Well, I can see all the Unix shops going out and getting the Open Source version of MMC - or isn't there one.
It's a bit of a shame when the current FilerView is OS agnostic and just needs a web browser to work.
It's probably just to spite Solaris sysadmins.
Nope. It means people who are scared of the NetApp CLI will now be able to do horrendous things using a mouse, instead of typing. Wizards notwithstanding, someone with little experience is likely to make very poor or sub-optimal decisions on aggregate/volume setup.
Like, for example, putting all their disks into one aggregate and putting Vol0 in that aggr. That plays merry hell when they come to the time they need to shrink aggr0... and can't.
"It's reckoned that a FAS array can be set up for the first time in around five minutes"
Probably the most pointless "new feature" in history.
When has anyone sat in a meeting with storage vendors and asked "its 13:00 now, if you haven't got me a LUN provisioned by 13:05 you are out of the door"
And its MMC, because Netapp customers deserve to have their OS choices taken away from them.
The title that NetApp dumps FilerView is not accurate and rather misleading. FilerView will not be going away in the foreeable future. It will still be there, fully supported for those who chose to use it. Eventually, it may get replaced but not until a suitable replacement is found.
As always, the *nix jihadists poo-poo what they don't want or don't like.
Given that filerview is a clunky incomplete pile of Java-crap, this provides a useful alternative for many, particularly 100% Windows shops who just don't want to/ haven't the skills to do CLI stuff over ssh. This is especially the case with your average FAS2020 buyer.
So before jumping on your lentil munching, sandal wearing high horse, think of the silent majority.
AC as I don't want a hatemail campaign by Tuxtards.
Our customer surveys indicated the overwhelming majority managed their storage from a Windows admin workstation. They also indicated their strong preference for a responsive UI, hence the MMC approach for NSM.
Linux / Unix customers also preferred the CLI to any GUI. Nevertheless, FilerView will not go away with the release of NSM. We will monitor customer feedback for the pace of any eventual FilerView phaseout.
Finally, NSM is supported under most Virtual or Remote Desktop configuration, offering GUI access to NSM from almost any modern client OS platform.
NetApp Office of the CTO
I work on System Manager at NetApp.
I also work on our web UIs, Java tools and other stuff. They are all still around. I try hard to be architecturally agnostic. I try to talk to customers and build what they need, with the tools required.
I wrote a little more on my blog. I'll be explaining some of the background and technical details as time progresses - questions and comments will be welcome and encouraged.
We appreciate your attention and interest.
Steve Klinkner (NetApp engineering)
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