(All done on a Crackberry while on a moving train and with very few spelling mistakes. Awesome.)
NetApp CSB-0807-02: Upgrade Requirement for SnapLock Customers. Who knew on Monday we'd be talking about this on Thursday. Well the people who'll be performing OnTap upgrades all this weekend knew and wanted you to know too.
Now while Kostadis correctly pointed out that all software ship's with bugs, I hereby dub this "The Kostadis Law", he dodges the issue of why NetApp won't stand by the SnapLock user agreement until people upgrade to 7.2.5?
Inquiring minds want to know as this isn't an advisory. It's a demand.
And your work isn't done yet if you're the poor FAS administrator. If you are mirroring SnapLock you need to upgrade the source and destination as mirrors from an upgraded system to a system which hasn't been upgraded *will* fail.
Later, it's all aboard the drama yacht when NetApp's Chief Photoshop Officer Val B. makes a rare appearance (You don't call, you don't write) while foaming at the mouth.
I'll admit I'm jealous of the time machine Val has access to since he had to go back three and a half years to fling discredited FUD at Centera. The quotes from disgruntled former EMC employees who are now competitors of the company and need to see it fail if they want to keep paying their mortgage are more recent though.
Then we get the obligatory customer quote showing that the person quoted doesn't understand how Centera works if they think hash collisions, Martians or garden gnomes are the cause of all their ills.
It's telling that their migration path was backwards to some thing like SnapLock which doesn't allow a retention period to be enforced at the object level and doesn't provide any content authenticity. Why not just buy WORM tape? It's a lot cheaper and does as much as SnapLock does.
We'll end the way Val did with an obligatory quote from a NetApp customer. I'll ask you to excuse for being so crude, but the end result is somewhat humorous.
While speaking to a storage admin I asked what the current versions of OnTap were like over a cup of something warm as we waited for various things to complete. She said and I'm directly quoting here "Its (OnTap) a load of old bollocks at the moment but I'm hoping we're over the worst of it."
Less than 24 hours later NetApp pulled 7.2.5 for quota related panics.