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Provisioning storage by creating a Flash Pool aggregate

You can use System Manager to create a Flash Pool aggregate or convert an existing HDD aggregate to a Flash Pool aggregate by adding SSDs. When you create a new HDD aggregate, you can provision SSD cache to it and create a Flash Pool aggregate.

Before you begin

About this task

You cannot use partitioned SSDs when creating the Flash Pool aggregate.

Steps

  1. Expand either the Cluster or the Nodes hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, click Storage > Aggregates .
  3. Click Create.
  4. In the Create Aggregate dialog box, specify the name of the aggregate, the disk type, and the number of HDD disks to include.
  5. Click Use Flash Pool Cache with this aggregate.
  6. Specify the cache source by choosing one of the following actions:
    If want to select the cache source as... Then...
    Storage pools
    1. Select Storage pools as the Cache Source.
    2. Select the storage pool from which cache can be obtained and specify the cache size.
    3. Modify the RAID type, if required.
    Dedicated SSDs
    1. Select Dedicated SSDs as the Cache Source.
    2. Select the SSD size and the number of SSDs to include.
    3. Modify the RAID configuration, if required:
      1. Click Change.
      2. In the Change RAID Configuration dialog box, specify the RAID type and the RAID group size.
      3. Click Save.
  7. Click Create.

Result

The Flash Pool aggregate is created with the specified configuration and added to the list of aggregates in the Aggregates window.