NetApp FlexArray Storage Virtualisation Software

Increase the flexibility and ROI of your existing arrays with the industry’s only unified storage virtualisation platform.

Building on 10 years of storage virtualization experience with V-Series, NetApp® FlexArray virtualization software lets FAS8000 systems provide full storage virtualization of EMC, HP, Hitachi, and NetApp E-Series arrays.

Unify and simplify IT operations. Expand support to both SAN and NAS workloads by virtualising your current arrays. Keep business operations running smoothly with a common management structure that simplifies and accelerates critical tasks such as data provisioning and protection.

Deliver proven efficiency and ROI. Leveraging NetApp storage efficiency technologies, FlexArray reduces capacity requirements on existing arrays by more than 35% and increases the usefulness of your current storage for a greater return on assets.

Provide superior storage functionality and performance. When virtualised, your existing arrays gain the benefits of the no.1 branded storage operating system**, NetApp Data ONTAP®. Eliminate planned downtime by dynamically performing maintenance tasks – even tech refreshes – during normal business hours without impacting users. Transform legacy arrays into cloud-ready storage with the proven cloud integration and dynamic data portability of Data ONTAP.

FlexArray storage virtualization software runs on the FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060, and FAS8080 EX systems. You can purchase and activate FlexArray at any time.

*Read more about the Payback Guarantee Programme

**Source:  IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker 2014 Q2, September 2014 (Open Networked Disk Storage Systems revenue)


FlexArray Storage Virtualisation Software Supported Configurations

FAS models

FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060, FAS8080 EX
Purchase and activate FlexArray at any time
Data ONTAP versions Data ONTAP 8.2.1 and later (clustered Data ONTAP and 7-Mode)
Arrays EMC, HP, Hitachi, NetApp E-Series (see Interoperability Matrix Tool for details)
Also supports NetApp FAS disk shelves (SSDs and HDDs)
Protocols FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS/SMB
Additional software Supports all Data ONTAP software except SnapLock® Compliance (see FAS8000 for more details)
Number of disks plus array LUNs
  • FAS8020: up to 480
  • FAS8040: up to 720
  • FAS8060: up to 1,200
  • FAS8080 EX: up to 1,440
Flash portfolio Flash Cache™: With FAS8000/FlexArray plus storage arrays or NetApp FAS disk shelves
Flash Pool™: With FAS8000/FlexArray plus NetApp FAS disk shelves