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NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) – Product Analysis

Last updated October 25th, 2018 or a correction. A 49-page deepdive into the architecture and functionality of NetApp All Flash FAS.

The NetApp All Flash FAS Series are the scale out enterprise system family offered by NetApp that can be configured to satisfy both high-end and mid-tier customer needs with the performance of an all flash storage system. The all flash models support scaling of both capacity and performance using clustered scale-out, which allows NetApp to offer highly configurable 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 AFF A700 and A300 storage systems were announced in September of 2016, replacing the the earlier models that shared product number with the FAS systems. The first all flash versions of the FAS systems as AFF models were released in 2015.

This document provides an overview and analysis of the major features and functions of the NetApp All Flash FAS storage systems. NetApp systems use the ONTAP operating environment. This document covers the complete storage OS functionality including data protection and deduplication capabilities.

NetApp All Flash FAS Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Hardware Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Features and Functions
  • Advanced Features
  • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
  • Performance

 

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