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NetApp FAS Disk Shelves and Storage Media
Disk Shelves, Storage Media, and Cabling for NetApp FAS Systems


DS4246 and DS4486
DS4246 and DS4486

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Best For

  • Backup and Recovery
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Services
  • Microsoft Solutions
  • NetApp Private Storage for Cloud
  • OpenStack
  • Oracle Solutions
  • SAP and SAP HANA
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Virtualization

Provide reliability and flexibility to support a broad set of application needs

Addressing the performance, capacity, and density needs of different applications can be a tricky balancing act, especially in shared virtual infrastructures in which the supported workloads can change quickly.

Storage administrators must constantly think ahead. Their infrastructure must be highly available, contain the right mix of HDD and SSD storage, and deliver the necessary data security for the changing requirements of modern IT deployments—including the cloud.

Acquiring and supporting separate storage systems for each workload can quickly exhaust your available budget, staff, and resources. When you add the ever-present need to optimize power, cooling, and floor space utilization, it’s clear that storage hardware must be more flexible than ever

Leading flexibility, performance, connectivity, and cross-platform leverage from NetApp

Designed for the most demanding environments, the NetApp FAS architecture offers a high degree of flexibility and choice in supported disk shelves and storage media. From high-capacity HDDs to high-performance SSDs to self-encrypting drives, NetApp delivers the right drive technology to meet your specific capacity, density, performance, and security needs.

Our selection of disk shelves helps you optimize for capacity, performance density, or versatility. You can attach different types of disk shelves to a single storage system to satisfy diverse requirements without having to deploy new storage systems. Your infrastructure is then more agile and more responsive to your business needs. For enhanced flexibility and resilience, optical SAS delivers high-performance, low-latency connectivity—between controllers and shelves—across extended data center distances.

NetApp is a proven leader in the use of flash technology to optimize storage cost and performance. NetApp Flash Pool intelligent caching technology combines HDD and SSD, caching “hot” data to SSDs in real time to accelerate performance. All-SSD shelves provide the highest performance for persistent storage.

The NetApp family of disk shelves delivers the enterprise-class resiliency and availability that you expect from the NetApp Data ONTAP operating system. Plus, the same drives and shelves work across all FAS platforms with nondisruptive controller upgrades for the utmost in flexibility. All shelves and media are supported in clustered Data ONTAP configurations.

NetApp disk shelves and storage media provide flexibility, reliability, storage efficiency, and cross-platform leverage.

NetApp offers a full range of high-capacity, high-performance, and self-encrypting disk drives plus ultra-high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs). Disk shelf options let you optimize for capacity, performance, or versatility. NetApp Optical SAS interconnects simplify infrastructure while providing industry-leading performance.

Gain cross-platform leverage. 
The same drives and shelves work across all FAS storage platforms. Nondisruptive controller upgrades allow you to change platforms without additional media purchases or data migration.

Enhance performance with flash. 
Self-managing Virtual Storage Tier technologies, including Flash Pool, optimize data placement on flash for maximum performance—reducing by up to 75% the number of spindles needed for a given level of performance.

Strengthen security. 
Enhance physical data security and prevent unauthorized data access with NetApp Storage Encryption (NSE) and a full line of self-encrypting drives.

Achieve enterprise-class resiliency. 
Full redundancy is standard in all disk shelf designs. Advanced features such as alternate control path for out-of-band management, NetApp RAID-DP® for superior data protection, and Maintenance Center for advanced error recovery protect the availability of your data. Industry-first, optical SAS delivers high-performance, low-latency SAS connectivity across extended data center distances (up to 500M) for enhanced flexibility and resilience.

Key Benefits

  • High Availability and Resiliency
    Full redundancy, multipath connections, out-of-band management, and advanced analytics are standard.
  • Integrated Flash SSD Support
    Choose full solid-state disk (SSD) configurations or mix SSD and HDD to combine the performance of flash with the capacity of hard disks.
  • Optical SAS Connectivity
    Deliver high-performance, low-latency SAS connections across distances of up to 500m for enhanced flexibility and resilience.
  • Flexibility to Optimize Storage for a Variety of Needs
    NetApp FAS disk shelves and storage media give you flexibility to optimize for high performance or high capacity or to strike a balance.
  • Greater Simplicity
    The same media and disk shelves work for all NetApp FAS systems, so you can upgrade controllers and keep shelves and media in place.