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NetApp | Date: 2017-01-20

A system can maintain multiple queues for deduplication requests of different priorities. The system can also designate priority of storage units. The scheduling priority of a deduplication request is based on the priority of the storage unit indicated in the deduplication request and a trigger for the deduplication request.


Methods and systems for tracking information that is transferred from a source to a destination storage system are provided. The source storage system maintains a first data structure for indicating that a storage block has been transferred. The destination storage system receives the storage block and updates a second data structure to indicate that the storage block has been received. The first data structure and the second data structure are compared to determine that the storage block was successfully transferred from the source storage system and received by the destination storage system.


Patent
NetApp | Date: 2016-12-04

One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for cluster configuration information replication, managing cluster-wide service agents, and/or for cluster-wide outage detection. In an example of cluster configuration information replication, a replication workflow corresponding to a storage operation implemented for a storage object (e.g., renaming of a volume) of a first cluster may be transferred to a second storage cluster for selectively implementation. In an example of managing cluster-wide service agents, cluster-wide service agents are deployed to nodes of a cluster storage environment, where a master agent actively processes cluster service calls and standby agents passively wait for reassignment as a failover master in the event the master agent fails. In an example of cluster-wide outage detection, a cluster-wide outage may be determined for a cluster storage environment based upon a number of inaccessible nodes satisfying a cluster outage detection metric.


A storage management computing device obtains an information lifecycle management (ILM) policy. A data protection scheme to be applied at a storage node computing device level is determined and a plurality of storage node computing devices are identified based on an application of the ILM policy to metadata received from one of the storage node computing devices and associated with an object ingested by the one of the storage node computing devices. The one of the storage node computing devices is instructed to generate one or more copies of the object or fragments of the object according to the data protection scheme and to distribute the object copies or one of the object fragments to one or more other of the storage node computing devices to be stored by at least the one or more other storage node computing devices on one or more disk storage devices.


Individual wire defects in a data transfer/communication system that employs differential signaling can be detected during connectivity verification of a link prior to link training by individually disconnecting wires by wire polarity and testing the link. For example, the positive transmit wire of a lane may be verified by disconnecting the negative transmit wire of the lane and performing link connectivity verification. If the link passes connectivity verification, then the positive transmit wire of the lane is functioning normally. Connectivity of the negative transmit wire of the lane may then be verified by disconnecting the positive transmit wire of the lane and determining if the passes the connectivity verification


An embodiment of the invention provides a method to extract selected information from an image file selectively without requiring the user to restore, on the destination storage server, the image file which has the data for a file system. The selected information can be, for example, contents of a file, contents of a directory, other information from the image file. The selected information can be selectively extracted by reading the blocks of the file from the WAFL data structures that has been stored in the image file. An index file is generated and this index file tracks the location of VBNs (virtual block numbers) in an image file so that the user can easily obtain the selected information from disk blocks that are identified by these VBNs.


Patent
NetApp | Date: 2017-02-13

Data consistency and availability can be provided at the granularity of logical storage objects in storage solutions that use storage virtualization in clustered storage environments. To ensure consistency of data across different storage elements, synchronization is performed across the different storage elements. Changes to data are synchronized across storage elements in different clusters by propagating the changes from a primary logical storage object to a secondary logical storage object. To satisfy the strictest RPOs while maintaining performance, change requests are intercepted prior to being sent to a filesystem that hosts the primary logical storage object and propagated to a different managing storage element associated with the secondary logical storage object.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-07-2014 | Award Amount: 6.94M | Year: 2015

The SSICLOPS project will focus on techniques for the management of federated private cloud infrastructures, in particular cloud networking techniques (within software-defined data centres and across wide-area networks). Key deliverables from the project will include a meta data description language for workloads, resources and policies, a flexible scheduling system using meta data, workload-specific adaptations to TCP/IP stacks, and data center performance analysis tools. Addressing topics, such as dynamic configuration, automated provisioning and orchestration of cloud resources the SSICLOPS projects will investigate high-performance, vertically integrated network stacks for intra/inter-cloud communication and efficient, scalable, and secure intra/inter-DC and client-facing transport mechanisms. The project will design, implement, demonstrate, and evaluate three specific use cases, namely a cloud-based in-memory database, the analysis of physics experiment data, and the prototypical extension of network stacks for a telecom provider in the SSICLOPS testbed.


A flash-optimized, log-structured layer of a file system of a storage input/output (I/O) stack executes on one or more nodes of a cluster. The log-structured layer of the file system provides sequential storage of data and metadata (i.e., a log-structured layout) on solid state drives (SSDs) of storage arrays in the cluster to reduce write amplification, while leveraging variable compression and variable length data features of the storage I/O stack. The data may be organized as an arbitrary number of variable-length extents of one or more host-visible logical units (LUNs) served by the nodes. The metadata may include mappings from host-visible logical block address ranges (i.e., offset ranges) of a LUN to extent keys, as well as mappings of the extent keys to SSD storage locations of the extents. The storage location of an extent on SSD is effectively virtualized by its mapped extent key (i.e., extent store layer mappings) such that relocation of the extent on SSD does require update to volume layer metadata (i.e., the extent key sufficiently identifies the extent).


Patent
NetApp | Date: 2016-08-22

One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for redeploying a baseline VM (BVM) to one or more child VMs (CVMs) by merely cloning virtual drives of the BVM, instead of the entirety of the parent BVM. A temporary directory is created in a datastore that has the target CVMs that are targeted for virtual drive replacement (e.g., are to be re-baselined). One or more replacement virtual drives (RVDs) are created in the temporary directory, where the RVDs comprise a clone of a virtual drive of the source BVM. The one or more RVDs are moved from the temporary directory to a directory of the target CVMs, replacing existing virtual drives of the target CVMs so that the target CVMs are thus re-baselined to the state of the parent BVM.

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