NetApp ONTAP Select is an optional service provided with NetApp HCI. Deploying a single/dual node cluster of ONTAP Select within the NetApp HCI environment allows provisioning of file shares (SMB and NFS) via the ONTAP Select user interface on top of the NetApp HCI block storage. The ideal use cases are home directories and departmental file shares.
In anticipation of the preview availability of NetApp Cloud Volumes Service for NetApp HCI, ONTAP Select is no longer installed from the NetApp Deployment Engine in NetApp HCI v1.6 and up.
NetApp HCI v1.4 allows the automatic configuration of NetApp ONTAP Select 9.4 file services as part of the NetApp HCI deployment process streamlined by NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE). NDE v1.4 deploys a single-node NetApp ONTAP Select cluster. A second node can be added afterwards to form an HA-pair with the first node. NetApp ONTAP Select 9.4 is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.0U3a, 6.5U1/U2 and 6.7U1.
NetApp ONTAP Select nodes are VMware virtual machines deployed on top of the NetApp HCI Compute node cluster. The NetApp ONTAP Select clusters initial licensing supports 2-8TB of raw storage capacity. ONTAP Select datastores are mapped to VMware virtual disks (VMDKs) that reside on the NetApp HCI storage cluster.
NetApp ONTAP Select requires a separate license (Standard or Premium).