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FAS2554 upgrade to ONTAP 9.1 - Is recommended?

Hi,

my FAS2554 (20x4TB+4x400SSD) is running 8.3.2P12 and works fine (I'm using only NFS as protocol).

 

Now I would like upgrade to 9.1P19 as suggested by Upgrade Advisor because for 8.3 NetApp don't provide anymore support.

 

Since FAS2554 was born with 8.3 so, is safe and recommended upgrade to 9.1?

Should I expect a drop in performance?

Thanks

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Re: FAS2554 upgrade to ONTAP 9.1 - Is recommended?

We have FAS25xx series controllers running 9.5P4 with no issue, and upgrades have made them faster, not slower (when using the same features/workloads).

Re: FAS2554 upgrade to ONTAP 9.1 - Is recommended?

I'd go as high as possible. There are a few things that will make 9.3+ better. Ideally if you can go to 9.5Platest that would be the best.

Re: FAS2554 upgrade to ONTAP 9.1 - Is recommended?

Thanks Paul,

 

I will follow the upgrade path provided from Upgrade Advisor, so 8.3 -> 9.1, 9.1 -> 9.x and so on.

 

But ONTAP 9.5 can works fine with FAS2554 that have less RAM than 2750 (36GB vs 64GB)?

Re: FAS2554 upgrade to ONTAP 9.1 - Is recommended?

Yes. I've seen several filers on 9.5 on 2500s.

Re: FAS2554 upgrade to ONTAP 9.1 - Is recommended?

One gotcha we just identified. A SSL cert expired on the 6th within ONTAP, so if you go past 9.1 to 9.3 then 9.5, you will encounter an error. See https://kb.netapp.com/app/answers/answer_view/a_id/1089462 for more information.

 

If you encounter this problem this is well documented and Support can help on a case when doing the upgrade, otherwise patch releases for 9.3 and 9.5 will be out in a few days it seems.

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