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A lot of announcements today on our end, one of which deals with a HW refresh of our mid-tier and high-end platforms.


Truth be told the FAS6000 was running a bit long in the tooth and needed an upgrade. The FAS 3100 series if I recall correctly, was introduced exactly 2 yeas ago November, also it too need a boost. And a boost they got and what a boost!!! Basically 6 out of 8 models got refreshed.


Bigger, better faster is an understatement as both platforms, HW wise, underwent a serious facelift. In fact, the 6200 series is the first disk array offering on-board 10GbE stateless offload ports.

The New Product Lineup




There are 3 primary differences between the 3 new models in the FAS/V6200 series: performance, expandability, and scalability.


Performance: The FAS/V6280 delivers the highest performance in the family, and the FAS/V6240 delivers more performance than the FAS/V6210. This is due to differences in the leading-edge multi-core processors and amount of memory that are designed into each system. 


Expandability (number of slots): The FAS/V6280 and FAS/V6240 have equal expansion capabilities (on-board 10Gb Ethernet, 8Gb FC, and 6Gb SAS, as well as 24 PCIe slots) for host & back-end connectivity as well as for Flash Cache (for example, up to 8TB of Flash Cache in the FAS6280). Both models have more expandability than the FAS/V6210 (8 PCIe slots in addition to its on-board I/O). 


Scalability: The FAS/V6280 and FAS/V6240 can scale up to nearly 3PB of storage capacity. The FAS6210 can scale up to 2.4PB.


Preserving Existing Infrastructure Investments

For those customers with existing infrastructures investments in 3rd part disk arrays who are interested in leveraging NetApp's Storage efficiency  and data optimization techniques, the new product line is also available as a V-series controller supporting the majority of the reputable disk arrays in the market without requiring additional disk investments.

Family Specs - 6200 Series

Performance, Reliability,  and Availability features

    • PCIe v2.0 (Gen2) x8 architecture and slots
    • Latest 64-bit processing architecture
    • Faster memory, and significantly more memory
    • Integrated 10GbE stateless offload
      From 16 to 24 Processor Cores
    • Persistent write log
        1. De-stages NVRAM contents to flash memory
    • Enhanced I/O expandability and flexibility
        1. New I/O expansion module offers 50% more slots
        2. /O expansion module has all PCIe v2.0 (Gen2) slots
    • 6U and 12U HA configuration options available
    • Greater storage capacity
    • New Service Processor (SP) and Alternate Control Path (ACP) features improve Reliability, Availability, Serviceability and Manageability


Family Specs - 3200 Series




Performance, Reliability and Availability  features

    1. PCIe v2.0 (Gen2) slots
    2. Latest 64-bit processing architecture
    3. Faster memory
    4. From 4 to 8 Processor Cores
    5. On Board 6Gb SAS ports
    6. Flexible 3U or 6U HA configurations with  or without IO expansion Modules
    7. New Service Processor (SP) and Alternate Control Path (ACP) features improve Reliability, Availability, Serviceability and Manageability
    8. Persistent write log
        1. De-stages NVRAM contents to flash memory
    9. Enhanced I/O expandability and flexibility
        1. New I/O expansion module offers 50% more slots


New Dense Disk Enclosure - DS2246

Increased Density with 24 x 2.5" SAS drives in a 2U enclosure and 100% more TB capacity per U. More disk IOPS per U and greater I/O bandwidth (24Gbps per SAS port - 6Gbps x 4 lanes).




We are offering the DS2246 with 10,000 RPM 450GB and 600GB SAS drives. We've opted for 10K RPM drives since currently the only 15K RPM drives in the market in 2.5" form factor are 73GB drives. However, as denser 15K RPM drives make it to the market, i'm quite certain we will enhance our offering.

DS2246 Supported Platforms

    1. FAS2040 and FAS2050
    2. FAS/V3040 and FAS/V3070
    3. FAS/V3100 Series
    4. FAS/V3200 Series
    5. FAS/V6000 Series
    6. FAS/V6200 Series


Solid State Disks

with today's release we've also announced support for SSD. The initial offering is for 100GB SLC SSD to be used in our DS4243 (24 drives) with up to 4 shelves per standalone or HA configuration. RAID-DP is recommended with the default config been 212 and the maximum config been 262. We believe, SSDs are well suited for High IOP/Low capacity read intensive, random workload environments were the behavior of the active dataset is predictable. For datasets with high locality of reference, were basically a portion of the dataset is accessed with high frequency, considering Flash Cache instead will be the better approach.  </p>


Unified Connect

With the release of ONTAP 8.0.1 we have the ability to support Unified Connectivity via our Unified Target Adapters (UTA - CuSFP+ & LC)  where an single 10GbE ethernet port on the UTA will carry FCoE, iSCSI, NFS and CIFS traffic. With previous releases of ONTAP we would only carry FCoE traffic ver the FCoE Target Adapetrs and would redirect I/O at the switch for NFS, CIFS and iSCSI to 10bE adapters.

NetApp DataMotion for Volumes

With the introduction of Data ONTAP 8.0.1 a new feature is available for non-disruptively migrating volumes with LUNs between aggregates. This is NOT the same as NetApp DataMotion which operates in the context of vfilers. NetApp DataMotion for Volumes operates on Block protocols only (FC, iSCSI, FCoE) and outside of vfilers. The movement of blocks is completely non-disruptive to the application, and as far as hypervisors go, a large number of VMs can be moved with a single datastore/volume relocation.

Data Compression

Another new feature with ONTAP 8.0.1 is the introduction of inline data compression. Compression works at the block level, in fact it works on groups of WAFL blocks, not the file level.


Because ONTAP will compress new data blocks before they are written onto  the disk there will be less blocks written to the disk drive which means fewer back-end IOs.


That said, we also have a compression scanner to compress existing data. Similar to deduplication, compression is a free license with a 16TB max volume size.


We see primary use of compression taking place in environments that are not application performance sensitive, such as file services, home dirs, seismic data, engineering data, backups and archives.


What we have found thru testing is that reads are minimally affected and that the effect on writes is really dependent on current system load, the type of data and the access patterns.


You can start, stop  or disable data compression on a volume as well as decompress data. When you stop the data compression scanner a checkpoint is taken so the next time the scanner continues where it left of.


We will be taking a similar cautious approach with compression like we did with the initial deduplication release. Thus we will not recommend compression across the board. Instead, we will initially recommend a specific set of data types and look to gain valuable insight as how customers will use it and based on that knowledge we're hoping it expands to broader use cases.

Space Savings Estimation Tool (SSET 3.0)

We have upgrade our space-saving estimation tool (SSET 3.0) to also support compression. The tool runs on a host system, and analyzes data by doing reads and uses similar algorithms to determine savings on real data sets. It can predict dedupe-only savings, compression-only savings, and combined savings. The results are typically accurate to within 5%. The data can reside on any storage system. All we need is a host with read-access to the data.


Tune in for more info today during the Future-Ready Launch event @ 10AM PST, 12CST, 1:00PM EST 




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