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Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

Is it possible we can have Data Ontap 8 series for FAS3020?

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

Hi and welcome to the Communities!

No, it is not possible - FAS3020 is a 32-bit machine & will not run 64-bit ONTAP 8.

Regards,
Radek

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

Radek's iscorrect that FAS3020 is not and will not be supported with Data ONTAP 8, however the reason is not quite correct.

The reason FAS3020 isn't supported is Data ONTAP 8 requires more memory and CPU to run properly than the FAS3020 has.  Recall, FAS3020 first shipped in June 2005 and thus its design was locked down well before that.  This is way before Data ONTAP 8 as the merger of Data ONTAP 7G and GX was conceived.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs can be supported on Data ONTAP 8; in fact, the FAS2040 has a 32-bit CPU.  That said, Data ONTAP 8 does run better on 64-bit CPUs.

Skip

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

Thanks a lot for you professional explaintion.

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

Both 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs can be supported on Data ONTAP 8; in fact, the FAS2040 has a 32-bit CPU.

Hi Skip,

I stand corrected - I thought these days 64-bit CPU is needed to run any sort of modern code , but apparently it's not the case.

Regards,

Radek

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

From what I heard, FAS3020 shipped with AMD CPU as well as Intel CPU, is that correct?

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

Not that i've seen, AMD CPU's in the 60x0 series.

From what i understand the XXX_setup_q.exe is the AMD code and XXX_setup_e.exe is the intel one

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

FAS/V3020 doesn't have enough memory or CPU to run Data ONTAP 8 releases. Or won't be supported.

Skip Shapiro

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Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

If you've run the ONTAP8 simulator, the banner makes it very apparent it's FreeBSD (obviously there's been a lot of customization and it's not off-the-shelf FBSD).  That being said, I think it's fairly safe to assume any platform FreeBSD supports *could* be supported with ONTAP8.  Whether it will be or not is an entirely different story.

Re: Data Ontap 8 for FAS3020

I never bought the 64 bit answer because the FAS2040 is a 32 bit box. I don't buy all the memory size answers either - the FAS2050 isn't supported, but the 3040 is. They have similar memory.

I don't work for NetApp and I don't have any official answer, but I can hazard a guess. As mentioned the port to BSD happened. I used to be a device driver writer for another company. While BSD UNIX should be great for having access to a lot of code for commodity hardware such as: Ethernet, FCoE, FC, etc, NetApp likely has to write their own drivers for certain pieces of hardware -- especially NVRAM and the IB connection on it. There are different versions or generations of NVRAM on the different systems out there. I'm guessing these drivers, as well as other specialized drivers for old built-in ports, hardware-specific items not found in the BSD kernel are the reasons. Also the older boxes were not likely commodity server hardware but more specialized.

Remember it's porting the existing driver, code testing, regression testing, testing some more for interoperability and then supporting, probably really costly on older boxes.