The Fabric Attached Storage (FAS) Series are the scale out enterprise system family offered by NetApp that can be configured to satisfy both high-end, mid-tier and entry-level customer needs. With the FlexArray software, the high-end FAS systems can support virtualization of third party external storage attached. This feature integrates the capabilities of the earlier V-Series line of virtualization controllers. The FAS8200, FAS8300, FAS8700, and FAS9000 support scaling of both capacity and performance using clustered scale-out, which allows NetApp to offer highly configuable systems to cover a broad market.
NetApp offers the systems as Unified Storage, which is unified in that they support both file and block access. The FAS8200, FAS9000, and FAS2700 series of storage systems were announced in September of 2016. The all flash versions of the FAS systems as All Flash FAS (AFF) models were released in 2015 with new versions released periodically and are covered in separate Evaluator Group documents. The FAS8300 and FAS8700 were released in 2019.
This document provides an overview and analysis of the major features and functions of the NetApp FAS storage systems including the high-end FAS8200, FAS8700 and FAS9000 as well as the mid-range FAS8300, and entry/mid-range FAS2700 family. NetApp systems use the ONTAP operating environment. This document covers the complete storage OS functionality including data protection and deduplication capabilities.