0 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2011 4:11 PM by minaeng RSS

FAS3200 Dramatically Boosts Expandability

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When NetApp set out to refresh the FAS3100 line, we knew that we needed to do more than just give it the standard bump in performance and capacity. First, we knew that each FAS3100 system in our installed base already had an average of 3.3 expansion slots populated (of a possible 4), so expandability was clearly becoming a limiting factor. And, with the transition taking place in the storage industry from FC to SAS disk, we knew we needed to help facilitate that transition by allowing storage systems to easily support both. We designed the FAS3200 for space efficiency, flexibility, and greater expandability with up to 50% more PCIe slots, 15% more spindles and capacity, and a onboard SAS and FC ports.

 

Senior engineering director Steve Miller  recently wrote a Tech OnTap article on the FAS3200 that covers all aspects of the design including expandability and performance. You can check out the article at http://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-9215?REF_SOURCE=EMMtot-1101

 

What do you think?  Does the FAS3200 series better address your midrange requirements? Why or why not?

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