NetApp FAS8040

The Network Appliance FAS8040 system is designed to adapt faster to changing business needs while delivering on core IT requirements for uptime, scalability and cost-efficiency.

  • Accelerate SAN and NAS workloads with 2x the performance; scale to almost 70PB
  • Increase return on assets and cloud-enable existing storage with FlexArray
  • Perform installs 3x faster and simplify application integration

Accelerate business operations and deliver superior TCO with the industry’s only unified scale-out storage architecture.

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NetApp FAS8040 Features

Accelerate business operations with unified scale-out storage

The demands of a data-driven business require a new approach to storage with an integrated combination of high-performance hardware and adaptive, scalable storage software. It needs to support existing workloads as well as adapt and scale quickly to address new applications and evolving IT models.

FAS8000 hybrid storage systems are engineered specifically to address these needs. Powered by NetApp® ONTAP® data management software, the FAS8000 series unifies your SAN and NAS storage infrastructure. When FAS8000 systems are clustered with NetApp AFF all-flash arrays and integrated with the cloud, you have the control to easily move your data to where it’s needed for your business and place it in the storage environment that delivers the best combination of flash performance, storage capacity, and cost efficiency. With proven agility and data management capabilities, the FAS8000 has the flexibility to keep up with changing business needs while delivering on core IT requirements.

Unlock the power of flash

Flash-accelerated FAS8000 hybrid storage systems deliver twice the performance of our previous generation FAS storage, boosting throughput, lowering latency, and meeting stringent service levels.

In hybrid FAS8000 configurations, flash functions as a selfmanaging virtual storage tier with up to 144TB of flash pool per HA pair and 1.7PB per cluster. Hot data is automatically promoted to flash in real time, so you get the full benefit of flash performance. ONTAP software on the FAS8000 simplifies flash management, resulting in more powerful hybrid storage.

Scale and adapt to meet changing needs

Optimize and accelerate your storage environment as performance and capacity requirements change. Scale up by adding capacity, adding flash acceleration, and upgrading controllers. Scale out by growing from 2 nodes up to a 24-node cluster with 172PB of capacity, including combinations of different FAS and AFF models.

FAS8000 systems also support massive NAS containers that are easy to manage. With the NetApp FlexGroup feature of ONTAP 9, a single namespace can grow to 20PB and 400 billion files while maintaining consistent high performance and resiliency.

With nondisruptive addition and replacement of storage systems and components, scaling occurs without maintenance windows or the challenge of coordinating downtime across teams. Perform your updates during regular work hours.

Achieve unparalleled availability and nondisruptive operations

FAS8000 enterprise storage is engineered to meet demanding availability requirements. All models are designed to deliver 99.9999% availability or greater through a comprehensive approach that combines highly reliable hardware, innovative software, and sophisticated service analytics.

Software and firmware updates, hardware repair and replacement, load balancing, and tech refresh happen without planned downtime. NetApp Integrated Data Protection technologies protect your data, accelerate recovery, and integrate with leading backup applications for easier management.

Advanced service analytics software prevents issues from becoming outages. Risk signatures are constantly monitored, and your administrators and/or NetApp service staff are alerted to proactively address issues that might affect operations.

NetApp MetroCluster™ expands data protection to eliminate risk of data loss by synchronously mirroring data between locations for continuous availability of information. A MetroCluster storage array can exist in a single data center or in two different data centers that are located across a campus, across a metropolitan area, or in different cities. No matter what happens, your data can be protected from loss and is continuously available to meet the most business-critical needs.

Get more from existing storage array investments

Simplify your IT operations and deliver more value from existing third-party arrays by using them as additional storage capacity behind FAS8000 systems. FlexArray® virtualization software running on FAS8000 extends ONTAP to include storage capacity from EMC, Hitachi, HP, IBM, and NetApp E-Series arrays. Consolidate management of your existing storage to increase efficiency, add support for SAN and NAS workloads, and provide superior data management functionality.

Optimize hybrid cloud deployment

Organizations today are focusing on service-oriented IT architectures where cloud IT models are leveraged to enhance return on investment and assets. FAS8000 running ONTAP is optimized for private and hybrid cloud with secure multitenancy, QoS, nondisruptive operations, and easily defined tiers of service.

A FAS8000 tightly integrated with the industry standard OpenStack cloud infrastructure enables an organization to build a private cloud that delivers a leading service-oriented IT architecture and meets the demanding needs of enterprise applications.

For organizations that need an enterprise-class hybrid cloud with predictable performance and availability, the FAS8000 can be used in a NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Cloud solution. With NPS for Cloud you can directly connect to multiple clouds using a private, high-bandwidth, low-latency connection. Connect to industry-leading clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or IBM Cloud and switch between them at any time, all while maintaining complete control of your data on your dedicated, private FAS8000. You get the elasticity of the public cloud and protect your data with NetApp technologies that you understand and trust.

For maximum flexibility, ONTAP Cloud is a version of ONTAP that runs in AWS and Azure. Providing the storage efficiency, availability, and scalability of ONTAP, it allows quick and easy movement of data between your on-premises FAS8000 and AWS/Azure environments with NetApp SnapMirror® data replication software.

Build the right long-term platform

When it comes to long-term storage infrastructure investments, it is critical to focus on flexibility for adapting to future requirements, simplification of your storage environment, and total cost of ownership. FAS8000 provides a significant price/performance benefit: up to two times that of the previous generation. Plus it delivers industry-leading storage efficiency technologies such as deduplication, compression, compaction, thin provisioning, and space-efficient Snapshot® copies to reduce your cost per effective gigabyte of storage.

It is also critical to look at the security of your data environment. With the NetApp volume encryption feature built into ONTAP, you can easily and efficiently protect your at-rest data by encrypting any volume, any disk, and any FAS (and AFF) system.

In a data-driven business, you also need the ability to leverage data for competitive advantage and to assign resources dynamically for more effective operations. The NetApp OnCommand® storage management software portfolio is composed of a range of products for use with the FAS8000, including automation, integration, device-level management, and enterprise storage resource management.

NetApp FAS8040 Technical Specifications

Feature Specification
NAS scale-out 1-24 nodes (12 HA pairs)
Maximum drives (HDD/SSD) 8,640/2,880
Maximum raw capacity 86PB
Maximum Flash Cache™ 48TB
Maximum Flash Pool™ 576TB
Maximum memory 768GB
SAN scale-out 1–12 nodes (6 HA pairs)
Maximum drives (HDD/SSD) 4,320/1,440
Maximum raw capacity 43PB
Maximum Flash Cache 24TB
Maximum Flash Pool 288TB
Maximum memory 384GB
Cluster interconnect 2 or 4 10GbE
Per HA Pair Specifications (Active-Active Dual Controller)
Maximum drives (HDD/SSD) 720/240
Maximum raw capacity 7.2PB
Maximum Flash Cache 4TB
Maximum Flash Pool 48TB
Controller form factor 6U
ECC memory 64GB
PCIe expansion slots 8
Onboard I/O: UTA 2 (16Gb FC/FCoE/10GbE) 8
OS version ONTAP 8.2.1 and later
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Storage protocols supported FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, pNFS, CIFS/SMB
Host/client operating systems supported Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016,
Windows XP, Linux, Sun Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Mac OS, VMware, ESX

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