San Diego NetApp Storage

Managed San Diego NetApp Storage

Why buy your own storage hardware? With AIS Managed NetApp Storage (MNS), clients are provided with their own virtual NetApp (vFiler) with which you (or AIS) can manage your own storage configuration — creating shares or snapshots — even linking your storage to your own Active Directory service for authentication and logging.

Shift your capital expense to operating expense — and take advantage of enterprise-class security and features. Customers have the option of 100M, 1GigE, or 10GigE connections with AIS’ proprietary TL3 high-availability handoff that can connect their storage to a colo, cloud, or corporate site.

Each AIS Managed NetApp Storage (MNS) node consists of dual NetApp FAS3250 controllers in high availability mode. This provides the highest level of redundancy as well as the best performance — because the 3250’s have dual processors. Each controller has dual 10GigE uplinks to a redundant switching infrastructure to maximize I/O and availability.

Two particularly useful features are SnapMirror, which allows you to schedule snapshot replication to one of AIS’ other MNS nodes (e.g., Phoenix), and SnapClone, which allows you to “clone” a copy of your SnapMirrored data for use in Business Continuity testing or test/dev scenarios. Just try doing that on your own (without breaking the bank)!

The new NetApp FAS3200 Series enables flash and clustering to improve IT performance and agility.

netapp-product-lp-fas3220-222x120The NetApp midrange data storage platforms are NetApp’s most powerful ever with up to 80% more performance, 100% more capacity, non-disruptive operations, and industry-leading storage efficiency. That means you don’t have to compromise performance or value.

Improve business agility. With a new processor and memory architecture, the FAS3250 offers unprecedented support for flash and enterprise clustering for an agile infrastructure that adapts to support any combination of application workloads—without introducing complexity.

Deliver impact faster. Self-managing Virtual Storage Tier flash technologies deliver more IOPS with lower latency, and reduce by up to 75% the number of drives needed for a given level of performance.

Maximum System Capacity 2,880TB
Maximum Drives 720
Controller Form Factor Dual enclosure HA;
2 controllers in two 3U chassis, total of 6U
Memory 40GB
Maximum Flash Cache 2TB
Maximum Flash Pool 4TB
Combined Total Flash 4TB
PCIe Expansion Slots 12
Onboard I/O: 4Gb FC 4
Onboard I/O: 6Gb SAS 4
Onboard I/O: GbE 4
Storage Networking Supported FC; FCoE; IP SAN (iSCSI); NFS; CIFS/SMB; HTTP; FTP
OS Version Data ONTAP 8.1.2 and later

The NetApp FAS3250 system comes with the NetApp Data ONTAP operating system and advanced data management and data protection tools. This includes a standard set of software products that deliver storage efficiency, simple data management, and high performance.

AIS also offers NetApp’s extended-value software products which provide advanced capabilities including instant data recovery, instant cloning, data replication, disk-to-disk backup, and application-aware backup and recovery.

Included Software Data ONTAP Essentials:
Efficiency: FlexVol, deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning
Availability: Multipath I/O, MultiStore, MetroCluster (7-mode environments only)
Data protection: RAID-DP, Snapshot, NearStore, and Open Systems SnapVault
Performance: FlexShare, FlexCache
Management: OnCommand System Manager, OnCommand Unified Manager, Workflow Automation
Data Protocols: One SAN or NAS protocol of your choice (iSCSI, FC, NFS, CIFS) is included with your system.
Software Description SnapRestore: Fast restore of Snapshot copies in seconds
SnapMirror: Simple, efficient, and flexible disaster recovery
SnapVault: Disk-to-disk backup software for complete backups and online archives to primary or secondary storage in minutes instead of hours or days
FlexClone: Instant virtual copies of databases or virtual machines
SnapManagerSuite: Application and virtual machine-aware backup, recovery, and cloning
Premium Bundle: Includes all of the Extended Value software above in a single convenient bundle for both 7-mode and clustered Data ONTAP environments. (excludes OnCommand Balance for NetApp)
OnCommand Balance for NetApp: Advanced analytics for physical and virtual environments (Note: not included in Premium Bundle)
Storage Protocols: Native support for all key SAN/NAS protocols (iSCSI, FC, NFS, CIFS). One protocol of your choice is included standard with your system; others can be added as desired.

All data in this table applies to active-active dual controller configurations.

Maximum System Capacity 2,880TB
Maximum Drives 720
Controller Form Factor Dual enclosure HA; 2 controllers in two 3U chassis, total of 6U
Memory 40GB
Maximum Flash Cache 2TB
Maximum Flash Pool 4TB
Maximum Total Flash 4TB
PCIe Expansion Slots 12
Onboard I/O: 4Gb FC 4
Onboard I/O: 6Gb SAS 4
Onboard I/O: GbE 4
Storage Networking Supported FC; FCoE; IP SAN (iSCSI); NFS; CIFS/SMB; HTTP; FTP
OS Version Data ONTAP 8.1.2 and later
High-Availability Features Alternate Control Path (ACP);
Ethernet-based service processor and Data ONTAP management interface; redundant hot-swappable controllers, cooling fans, power supplies, and optics
Supported Configurations Highly available controller configurations
Active-active controller with controller failover and multipath HA storage
Active-active controller with stretch (nonswitch) and fabric-attached MetroCluster
V-Series
Disk Shelves Supported DS2246 (2U; 24 drives, 2.5″ SFF)
DS4246 (4U; 24 drives, 3.5″ LFF)
DS4486 (4U; 48 drives, 3.5″ LFF)
DS4243 (4U; 24 drives, 3.5″ LFF)
Maximum RAID Group Sizes RAID 6 (RAID-DP)
SAS and FC: 28 (26 data disks plus 2 parity disks)
SATA: 20 (18 data disks plus 2 parity disks)
RAID 4
FC: 14 (13 data disks plus 1 parity disk),
SATA: 7 (6 data disks plus 1 parity disk)
RAID 6 + RAID 1 or RAID 4 + RAID 1 (SyncMirror)
Operating Systems Supported Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows XP, Linux, Sun Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Mac OS, VMware, ESX
Max. Number of LUNs 4,096
Number of Supported SAN Hosts Up to 512 hosts per HA pair
Up to 24 directly connected servers per HA pair
FlexVol Volumes Up to 500 per controller
Snapshot Copies Up to 127,000 per controller
Maximum Aggregate Size 105TB
Maximum Volume Size 70TB
Maximum port count includes integrated ports and PCIe expansion slots
FC Target Ports (8Gb/4Gb) (max.) 24
10GbE/FCoE Target Ports (max.) 24
GbE (max.) 52
6Gb SAS (max.) 52
FC Initiator (max.) 52
Maximum Adapters
Dual 10GbE (optical or copper) 12
Quad GbE (copper) 12
Dual 10GbE FCoE SAN Unified Target Adapter (optical or copper) 12
8Gb FC Target (optical) 12
Dual 8Gb VI for SnapMirror over Fibre Channel (SMoFC) 2
Flash Cache Performance Acceleration Module (1TB) 2
Flash Cache Performance Acceleration Module (512GB) 4
Quad 6Gb SAS Storage HBA 12
Quad 4Gb FC Storage/Tape HBA 12
Dual SCSI Tape HBA 12
Storage protocols FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, pNFS, CIFS/SMB

The 3250’s have multiple disk shelves configured with RAID-DP redundancy: it’s essentially RAID5 with two parity disks and two hot spares per storage aggregate. This (again) provides an extremely high level of availability even in the event of a disk failure. This extra level of redundancy also ensures data integrity in virtually any scenario.

From our experience, we have found that the intensive diagnostics built into the NetApp controllers are able to detect and isolate bad drives long before they actually fail. These same diagnostics prevent “bit rot” which is the deterioration of digital data over time due to cumulative bit-level failures on individual disks.


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