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NetApp Unveils FAS8000

By Brian Mitchell, Avnet, NetAppGeek.com

 

NetApp today launched the FAS8000 Series, its latest enterprise platform for shared infrastructure, with three new models: FAS8020, FAS8040, and FAS8060, which replace the FAS/V3220, FAS/V3250, and FAS/V6220, respectively. This new line will initially ship with Data ONTAP 8.2.1 RC2, supporting either 7-Mode or clustered Data ONTAP.

 

All systems are available in either standalone and HA configurations within a single chassis. All standalone FAS8000 controller configurations can have a second controller (of the same model) added to the chassis to become HA.

 

The new FAS8000 has been qualified with the DS2246, DS4246, DS4486, DS4243, DS14mk4, and the DS14mk2-AT disk shelves with IOM6, IOM3, ESH4, and AT-FCX shelf modules. Virtualized storage from multiple vendors can also be added to the FAS8000 -- without a dedicated V-Series “gateway” system -- with the new “FlexArray” software feature.

 

NetApp will not offer a separate FlexCache model for the FAS8000 Series.

 

Let’s explore the technical details of each one of these new storage systems.


FAS8020

The 3U form factor FAS8020 (codenamed: "Buell") is targeted towards mid-size enterprise customers with mixed workloads. Each Processor Control Module (PCM) includes a single-socket, 2.0 GHz Intel E5-2620 “Sandy Bridge-EP” processor with 6 cores (12 per HA pair), an Intel Patsburg-J SouthBridge, and 24GB of DDR3 physical memory (48GB per HA pair).

 

NetApp supports single and dual controller configurations in one chassis, but unlike previous systems, I/O Expansion Module (IOXM) configurations are not supported. The increased mix of high-performance on-board ports and the flexibility offered by the new Unified Target Adapter 2 (UTA2) ports reduces the need for higher slot counts on the FAS8000 series.

 

As with the NetApp NVRAM8 on previous FAS systems, each FAS8020 PCM includes 4GB of NVRAM9 (8GB per HA pair) with battery backup; should a power loss occur, the NVRAM contents are destaged onto NAND Flash memory. Once power is restored, the resulting NVLOG is then replayed to restore the system. NVRAM9 is integrated on the motherboard and does not take up a slot.

 

The FAS8020 is built upon the Gen 3 PCI Express (PCIe) architecture for embedded devices (such as PCI bridges, Ethernet / Fibre Channel / InfiniBand adapters, and SAS controllers). Its slots support wide links up to x8 lanes.


Interestingly, the HA interconnect for the FAS8020 now leverages 40Gb QDR InfiniBand adapters; this is a substantial upgrade from the 10GBASE-KR (copper) or 10GBASE-SR (fiber) technology found within the FAS/V3220.

 

Also new to the FAS8020 is the new Unified Target Adapter (UTA) 2; a storage industry first from NetApp. It supports 16Gb Fibre Channel (FC) or 10Gb Ethernet, providing future flexibility. Both ports must be set to the same "personality" and changing one UTA port will change the second port to the same personality. The FAS8020 has a single ASIC for onboard UTA2 ports, and fault tolerance across ASICs requires adding the X1143A-R6.

 

The FC personality on the UTA2 will autorange link speeds from 16/8/4 Gb FC, but do not work at 2 or 1 Gbps. The 10GbE will not autorange below 10GbE speeds. It is important to note that UTA2 ports are not supported with older DS14 FC shelves or FC tape devices. To connect to DS14 shelves or FC tape, use X1132A-R6 or X2054A-R6.

 

The FAS8020 can hold a maximum of 480 drives or 240 SSDs (per HA system), with a maximum capacity of 1,920TB. The maximum amount of Flash Cache and Flash Pool (combined) capacity is up to 6TB per HA pair. Maximum aggregate size on a FAS8020 is 150TB and the maximum volume size is 70TB.

 

Clustered Data ONTAP node limits of a FAS8020 are 24 for NAS and 8 for SAN with a homogeneous cluster. Not surprisingly, platform-mixing rules with heterogeneous (mixed) clusters for the FAS8020 with FAS/V3220s, 3250s, 3270s, and 6210s are limited to a maximum of 8 nodes for both SAN and NAS clusters. More modern systems (such as the FAS/V6220s, 6240/50s, and 6280/90s) are qualified with 24 nodes for NAS and 8 nodes for SAN with the FAS8020 – just like homogeneous clusters. Also be aware that the FAS8020 running within a heterogeneous (mixed) cluster of FAS/V3210s, FAS/V3240s, or FAS22xx systems has only been qualified for 4 nodes for SAN and 4 nodes for NAS at this time.


FAS8040/60

The 6U form factor FAS8040 and FAS8060 (codenamed: "Bimota") are targeted towards medium to large enterprise customers with business-critical applications and cloud infrastructure.

 

Each FAS8040 Processor Control Module (PCM) includes a single- socket, 2.1 GHz Intel E5-2658 “Sandy Bridge-EP” processor with 8 cores (16 per HA pair), an Intel Patsburg-J SouthBridge, and 32GB of DDR3 physical memory (64GB per HA pair).

 

Each FAS8060 PCM includes dual-socket, 2.1 GHz Intel E5-2658 “Sandy Bridge-EP” processors with a total of 16 cores (32 per HA pair), an Intel Patsburg-J SouthBridge, and 64GB of DDR3 physical memory (128GB per HA pair). Data ONTAP CPU utilization on each FAS8060 PCM reaches 1,560%; this means all 16 cores are actively servicing the workload (100% equals one core).

 

NetApp supports single and dual controller configurations in one chassis, but unlike previous systems, I/O Expansion Module (IOXM) configurations are not supported. The increased mix of high-performance on-board ports and the flexibility offered by the new UTA2 ports reduces the need for higher slot counts on the FAS8000 series.

 

As with the NetApp NVRAM8 on previous FAS systems, each FAS8040 or FAS8060 PCM includes 8GB of NVRAM9 (16GB per HA pair) with battery backup; should a power loss occur, the NVRAM contents are destaged onto NAND Flash memory. Once power is restored, the resulting NVLOG is then replayed to restore the system. NVRAM9 is integrated on the motherboard and does not take up a slot.

 

The FAS8040/60 is built upon the Gen 3 PCI Express (PCIe) architecture for embedded devices (such as PCI bridges, Ethernet / Fibre Channel / InfiniBand adapters, and SAS controllers). All slots support x8 wide links.

 

Interestingly, the HA interconnect for the FAS8040/60 now leverages 40Gb QDR InfiniBand adapters; this is a substantial upgrade from the 10GBASE-KR (copper) or 10GBASE-SR (fiber) technology found within the FAS/V3250 and a modest improvement from the FAS/V6220’s 20Gb DDR InfiniBand interconnect.

 

According to NetApp, the FAS8040 and FAS8060 should use all four on-board ports for the cluster interconnect in order to reach peak performance for remote workloads within Data ONTAP 8.2.1. This best practice also ensures deployments can take advantage of potential performance increases in future releases of Data ONTAP.

 

Also new to the FAS8040 and FAS8060 is the new Unified Target Adapter (UTA) 2; a storage industry first from NetApp. It supports 16Gb Fibre Channel (FC) or 10Gb Ethernet, providing future flexibility. Both ports must be set to the same "personality" and changing one UTA port will change the second port to the same personality. The FAS8040 and FAS8060 have two UTA2 ASICs, and port pairs are e0e/0e and e0f/0f sharing an ASIC, while port pairs e0g/0g and e0h/0h share the second ASIC.

 

The FC personality on the UTA2 will autorange link speeds from 16/8/4 Gb FC, but does not work at 2 or 1 Gbps. The 10GbE will not autorange below 10GbE speeds. It is important to note that UTA2 ports are not supported with older DS14 FC shelves or FC tape devices. To connect to DS14 shelves or FC tape, use X1132A-R6 or X2054A-R6.

 

The FAS8040 can hold a maximum of 720 drives or 240 SSDs (per HA system), with a maximum capacity of 2,880TB. The maximum amount of Flash Cache and Flash Pool (combined) capacity is up to 12TB per HA pair. Maximum aggregate size on a FAS8040 is 180TB and the maximum volume size is 100TB.

 

The FAS8060 can hold a maximum of 1,200 drives or 240 SSDs (per HA system), with a maximum capacity of 4,800TB. The maximum amount of Flash Cache and Flash Pool (combined) capacity is up to 18TB per HA pair. Maximum aggregate size on a FAS8060 is 324TB and the maximum volume size is 100TB.

 

Clustered Data ONTAP node limits of a FAS8040/60 are 24 for NAS and 8 for SAN with a homogeneous cluster. Not surprisingly, platform-mixing rules with heterogeneous (mixed) clusters for the FAS8040/60 with FAS/V3220s, 3250s, 3270s, and 6210s are limited to a maximum of 8 nodes for both SAN and NAS clusters. More modern systems (such as the FAS/V6220s, 6240/50s, and 6280/90s) are qualified with 24 nodes for NAS and 8 nodes for SAN with the FAS8040/60 – just like homogeneous clusters.


SUMMARY

The FAS8000 is available to quote and order immediately with Data ONTAP 8.2.1 RC2. Shipments are planned to begin March 2014. Starting in May 2014, FAS8000 systems will be orderable as Factory Configured Clusters (FCCs).

Comments
NetApp Employee on ‎2014-02-19 10:54 AM

Very comprehensive overview, Brian! Great job.

on ‎2014-02-19 08:24 PM

Very informative, Good work !!

resqme914 on ‎2014-02-20 07:36 AM

The FAS8020 looks sweet with the Infiniband and UTA among other improvements.  If I understand correctly, the 8020 is targeted to replace the 3220, and the 8040 the 3250.  I hope the price points are similar.

on ‎2014-02-20 09:17 AM

Nice one..!

on ‎2014-02-20 12:50 PM

Nice work, sir!

on ‎2014-02-20 07:29 PM

I have a question about system memory - not sure if you can answer it for me.

I've heard conflicting reports about system memory - some stating that the total system memory eg in 8020 is 48GB for the HA pair (including the NVRAM). Which is it? Is it:

1. 48GB of system memory + 16GB of NVRAM per HA pair

or

2. 48GB of system memory - 16GB of NVRAM?

Regards

Asaf

on ‎2014-02-20 11:15 PM

According to the NetApp Hardware Universe, the 8020 comes with the following:

1) 1 x 6-core 64-bit CPU per controller

2) 24GB of RAM per controller

3) 4GB of NVRAM per controller

Thanks,

Dan

on ‎2014-02-21 07:28 AM

Yes, that's correct. Glad you like the FAS8020!

on ‎2014-02-21 07:28 AM

Thank you!

on ‎2014-02-21 10:42 AM

Thanks for the fantastic overview.. Heard a few webcasts but there was quite a few points here which was not talked about..

on ‎2014-02-21 09:50 PM

I'm never normally critical about NetApp gear but the PCI slot limitations on the 8020 are crazy. I've done 3 customer configs and the 8020 is not suitable to replace 3240 or even 3220's from existing customers due to lack of port. Am I missing something. This is worse than the 3140's.

Mick

on ‎2014-02-22 07:31 AM

Forgive in advance my possible lack of imagination. I have a question about the new UTA2 ports. They can be configured as targets -or- initiators, but the initiator mode does not support connections to DS14 shelves or FC tape drives. This from the FAS8000 Technical FAQ:

Can UTA2 ports in FC personality be used with DS14MK2/MK4 shelves or tape devices?

Answer: No, UTA2 ports are not supported with older DS14 FC shelves or FC tape devices. To connect to DS14 shelves or FC tape, order X1132A-R6 or X2054A-R6.

My question is this: if the initiator mode doesn't support shelves or tape, why have it? What else would you use initiator mode for on a NetApp?

Bryce

on ‎2014-02-24 07:24 AM

Initiator mode. other than to connect to tape & shelves: ....for V series? ie to connect to 3rd party storage arrays

on ‎2014-02-25 12:09 PM

Remember, all 8000 series controllers must run 8.2.1 which is RC2. Not sure about you, but I dont want RC in my Prod environment

on ‎2014-02-27 01:32 AM

I think something changed in licensing.

Does this system has Data ONTAP Essentials and one protocol for free?

on ‎2014-03-28 01:15 AM

Hi Brian

Good summary of the fas8000, this looks like a improvement, infiniband for interconnect and UTA ports, more RAM and more processing power.

But, I don't like the capacity based license model introduced in c-m.

Cheers!

NetApp Employee on ‎2014-03-31 06:35 AM

Hi Sergey and Svein,

yes it´s true, we changed our licensing policy. So there will be no OTAP Essentials any more for the 8000Series.

The first protocol for the 8000 series is also not for free any more.

Instead of that we introduced a OS-Enablement charge based on the amount and type of storage you add to your systems.

We also significantly REDUCED the cost for our Storage Hardware (Disks/Shelfs).

The new pricing model just separates the OS pricing for Ontap and Santricity from the Storage Hardware compents.

On the bottom line a piece of storage costs pretty much the same with new pricing than before. You just see 2 different line items on the order: one for OS enablement and one for the Storage Hardware.

This new pricing makes the value of our operating systems visible and reduces the support list price (as a percentage of the HW price) in most deals.

Cheers

on ‎2014-04-17 05:21 AM

Very informative brian

on ‎2014-07-21 08:27 AM

@Brian Mitchell - Excellent summary write-up!

@Bryce - Excellent question! I was also trying to figure this out with a new FAS8040. I was able to configure the UTA2 ports in initiator mode, however I could not find any command to actually enable/online the initiator ports. The "fcadmin" command is depreciated in Ontap 8.2.1 and the new "ucadmin" command does not have any parameter to "online" initiator ports. Similarly trying to bring "up" the UTA2 port using the "fcp" command results in an error message that just states the adapter/port is not configured as a FC target :-\

If anyone has any suggestions on how to online/enable the UTA2 ports once they are configured as FC initiators I would be most appreciative.

Best regards,


Ryan

on ‎2014-08-20 01:13 PM

We have 3220 and we are planing to replace with 8060. Can we swap without any outages.

NetApp Employee on ‎2014-08-21 12:29 AM

it depends. E.g. if you don´t have a HA (active/active) configuration with 2 controllers you will have an outage. It also depends on the ontap version.

with cDOT it´s no problem at all.

on ‎2014-08-21 12:40 PM

Thank you for your response. we have ontap version 8.2P3 cDOT HA
(active/active) configuration with 2 controllers. If this is possible, could you
please point to me document?

NetApp Employee on ‎2014-08-22 12:34 AM

Logan,

I am not into the deep technical Details, but http://support.netapp.com is a good resource to find some help.

I also found a TR document about Flexpod http://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-4257.pdf that might help you.

Your NetApp Reseller should be able to help you as well.

on ‎2014-10-29 11:03 AM

hi, we currently have FAs8040 and have ports 0g and )h configured as initiators.

I am currently able to use oprt 0g but 0h is not seeing any links.

 

Is there a limitation to this configuration? are both ports not able to be used as initiators simultaneously?