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Data ONTAP 8 and PAM II Cards

Hi everyone,

I'm a new NetApp customer and I'm still trying to get a feel for where to post things so forgive me if this is an old discussion.  We just purchased a FAS3140 with the 256GB PAM II cards.  We were considering deploying Data ONTAP 8 on this hardware but I just found in the readme for 8 that the PAM II cards are not supported.  Does anyone know if this will be changing in the near future?  I was considering building aggregates across two of our SAS shelves which from what I understand you need to have 8 for, so I'm now trying to decide if 7 would be a better fit.  While I've been dealing with IBM and EMC storage for years, what I know about NetApp is very minimal at this point so hopefully this isn't a 'noob' question!

Thanks!

Re: Data ONTAP 8 and PAM II Cards

What I was told by our local SE was that PAMII/Flash Cache will be supported in 8.0.1 and the old PAMI cards are currently supported.  I didn't find anything documented that confirms that however.

Re: Data ONTAP 8 and PAM II Cards

This may help:

http://now.netapp.com/NOW/knowledge/docs/hardware/NetApp/syscfg/scdot80/index.htm

Select NetApp storage systems for left pane, then FAS3140, then expansion slots/cards under the components section.

Notice only PAM I is listed here.

Alternatively go directly to:

http://now.netapp.com/NOW/knowledge/docs/hardware/NetApp/syscfg/scdot80/f3140/slotsf3140.htm

Richard

Re: Data ONTAP 8 and PAM II Cards

https://now.netapp.com/NOW/download/software/ontap/8.0D1/

Date Posted: 24-MAR-2010
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                  PVR(PAMII support) PATCH RELEASE 8.0D1

                  Based on release 8.0
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This is a PVR DEBUG patch, which means it has bug fixes and/or unverified
features that have not been released in a regular software version yet.
These changes, if validated, will be checked in and released in a future
maintenance release after adequate QA and testing. Before upgrading your
storage appliance from this patch, please consult the release advisor to
ensure that the desired features have been incorporated into the
proposed destination release.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PVR PATCH IS SUPPORTED ONLY FOR CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE AN APPROVED PVR.


Please get in touch with your local netapp tech support and issue a pvr if needed.