Data ONTAP 7 and earlier
Nx series storage systems
What features are supported by the SMI-S agent?
How do partners and customers get SMI-S agent?
Data ONTAP SMI-S agent provides a standards based storage management interface that can be used to discover, monitor, and manage NetApp storage systems. The specifications for SMI-S are developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).
The SMI-S agent is implemented as a proxy-based management solution. The agent needs to be installed on an external server rather than being embedded within Data ONTAP. Currently the supported platforms for SMI-S agent installation are Windows and Linux Red Hat and SUSE based hosts.
The following illustration shows SMI-S Architecture and explains how management applications interact with the NetApp storage system through the SMI-S agent interface.
The SMI-S agent covers every platform that runs Data ONTAP. It provides the following functionality:
- Storage Area Network (SAN) Provisioning:
- Logical Unit Number (LUN) Reporting, Creation, Mapping and Masking
- Network-Attached Storage (NAS) Functionality:
- Self-Contained NAS
- Discover resources disks,aggregates,volumes,RAID groups,etc
- System Health monitoring
- Self-Contained NAS
- iSCSI SAN Functionality
- LUN creation and export
- Create sessions
- Create connections
- Support for V-Series filers
- Manage and Monitor the File Exports and File Systems
- Manage and Monitor File System quotas
- Alert indications - Support for all the traps generated by Data ONTAP
- Storage Synchronized Association to provide information about Snapshot/SnapMirror information
NetApp specific extensions
- Capacity utilization (multi-protocol storage system)
- ZAPI tunneling
The SMI-S agent is available free-of-charge through the Support site. To access the SMI-S agent, partners and customers need to sign-up for it. The steps to sign-up and download of SMI-S agent are described on the SMI-S agent access steps webpage.
NetApp's Data ONTAP SMI-S Portal Page