ONTAP 8 goes General Availability

Hi all,

Just in case you missed the announcement, ONTAP 8.0 has been designated as a GA (General Availability) release. Details of the announcement can be found at,

Re: ONTAP 8 goes General Availability

Very cool.....beyond 64 bit aggregates, is anyone seeing any reason to jump on ONTap 8 right now? (given you lose SMB 2.0 as well)

Re: ONTAP 8 goes General Availability

If you are considering 2TB drives, then that might be the reason to go to 64bit aggrs, hence 8.0.

Re: ONTAP 8 goes General Availability

Hi Andrew,

Since this is a Cluster-Mode forum I will list a couple of benefits of upgrading from ONTAP GX to C-Mode...

* The hardware platform support for Scale-Out customers is wider than the platforms that were supported in ONTAP GX. Customers who are using ONTAP GX have a limited choice of hardware platforms (FAS3040, FAS3050, FAS3070 and FAS6080). By choosing to upgrade to Cluster-Mode, customers can use all hardware platforms and expansion cards that are currently offered by NetApp.

* We recently announced the End Of Availability of ONTAP GX. This means that we will not be selling any new instances of ONTAP GX. All existing ONTAP GX systems will continue to be supported as per existing support contracts. Customers who are looking for Scale-Out solutions can look at the features available in ONTAP 8 Cluster-Mode. Details of the EOA can be found at