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NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) – Product Analysis

Last updated June 7th, 2022 for new FAS model and minor ONTAP updates. A 58-page deep-dive into the architecture and functionality of NetApp All Flash FAS. Download the full Product Analysis now!

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 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 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 A700s and A200 were announced in November of 2016. The A320 model was announced in May 2019 and the entry-level C190 announced in June 2019. In October 2019, Netapp announced the A400 model and SAN-only versions of the A220 (now A250) and A700. The first all flash versions of the FAS systems as AFF models were released in 2015. In October 2020, NetApp added support for object access and released the A900 model.

In May of 2018, NetApp released the A800 and the A220, which was updated to the A250 in October of 2020. The A800 was the first to bring NVMe protocol storage devices (SSDs) and NVMe over Fabric support. Initial NVMeoF support is with Gen 6 Fibre Channel at 32 Gb/s, which will be followed by NVMe over Ethernet at 100 Gb/s. The A320 announcement introduced a second model with NVMe support. With the ONTAP 9.9.1 announcement in 2021, NetApp announced NVMeOF support for all All SAN Array (ASA) systems.

Certain models are offered with SAN support only (no NAS or object support). These are termed All SAN Arrays. The following systems can be configured as All SAN Arrays: A250, A400, A700, and A800. With ONTAP 9.9.1, NetApp supports in place conversion of AFF systems to an All SAN Array with minimal disruption.

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

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