ONTAP 9.14

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Create a Flash Pool aggregate using physical SSDs

You create a Flash Pool aggregate by enabling the feature on an existing aggregate composed of HDD RAID groups, and then adding one or more SSD RAID groups to that aggregate. This results in two sets of RAID groups for that aggregate: SSD RAID groups (the SSD cache) and HDD RAID groups.

About this task

After you add an SSD cache to an aggregate to create a Flash Pool aggregate, you cannot remove the SSD cache to convert the aggregate back to its original configuration.

By default, the RAID level of the SSD cache is the same as the RAID level of the HDD RAID groups. You can override this default selection by specifying the raidtype option when you add the first SSD RAID groups.

Before you begin
  • You must have identified a valid aggregate composed of HDDs to convert to a Flash Pool aggregate.

  • You must have determined write-caching eligibility of the volumes associated with the aggregate, and completed any required steps to resolve eligibility issues.

  • You must have determined the SSDs you will be adding, and these SSDs must be owned by the node on which you are creating the Flash Pool aggregate.

  • You must have determined the checksum types of both the SSDs you are adding and the HDDs already in the aggregate.

  • You must have determined the number of SSDs you are adding and the optimal RAID group size for the SSD RAID groups.

    Using fewer RAID groups in the SSD cache reduces the number of parity disks required, but larger RAID groups require RAID-DP.

  • You must have determined the RAID level you want to use for the SSD cache.

  • You must have determined the maximum cache size for your system and determined that adding SSD cache to your aggregate will not cause you to exceed it.

  • You must have familiarized yourself with the configuration requirements for Flash Pool aggregates.


You can create a FlashPool aggregate using ONTAP System Manager or the ONTAP CLI.

ONTAP System Manager

Beginning with ONTAP 9.12.1, you can use ONTAP System Manager to create a Flash Pool local tier using physical SSDs.

  1. Select Storage > Tiers then select an existing local HDD storage tier.

  2. Select kabob icon then Add Flash Pool Cache.

  3. Select Use dedicated SSDs as cache.

  4. Select a disk type and the number of disks.

  5. Choose a RAID type.

  6. Select Save.

  7. Locate the storage tier then select kabob icon.

  8. Select More Details. Verify that Flash Pool shows as Enabled.

  1. Mark the local tier (aggregate) as eligible to become a Flash Pool aggregate:

    storage aggregate modify -aggregate aggr_name -hybrid-enabled true

    If this step does not succeed, determine write-caching eligibility for the target aggregate.

  2. Add the SSDs to the aggregate by using the storage aggregate add command.

    • You can specify the SSDs by ID or by using the diskcount and disktype parameters.

    • If the HDDs and the SSDs do not have the same checksum type, or if the aggregate is a mixed-checksum aggregate, then you must use the checksumstyle parameter to specify the checksum type of the disks you are adding to the aggregate.

    • You can specify a different RAID type for the SSD cache by using the raidtype parameter.

    • If you want the cache RAID group size to be different from the default for the RAID type you are using, you should change it now, by using the -cache-raid-group-size parameter.

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