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NetApp AFF A250: Small but mighty

An entry-level all-flash system in the AFF A-series family, the AFF A250 simplifies your data management at an accessible starting price while delivering amazing horse power for all your workloads.

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AFF A250: Your new IT specialist

Designed to meet the data management needs for mid-size businesses or remote offices of a large enterprise, the AFF A250 modernizes your data center and accelerates enterprise applications, AI/ML, virtualization, as well as consolidation of different workloads. Plus, it allows you to connect to the cloud without a hitch, whenever you need to.

Smart, powerful and efficient—wrapped in one sleek package

You will be surprised how simple it is to set up the AFF A250. It uses the same set of software tools to manage your data, either on-prem or in the cloud. Better yet, it reduces your storage cost by automatically tiering cold data to the cloud. A powerhouse of its class, the AFF A250 is built on an end-to-end NVMe architecture that delivers a stunning 45% more performance than its predecessor. So you can consolidate a lot of workloads on a single system, simplifying support while eliminating silos.

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AFF A250 technical specifications

Per-cluster specifications
Maximum scale-out 2–24 nodes (12 HA pairs)
Maximum SSDs 576
Maximum effective capacity 35PB
Per-system specifications (active-active dual controller)
Controller form factor 2U
PCIe expansion slots 4
FC target ports (32Gb autoranging) 16
FC target ports (16Gb autoranging) n/a
FCoE target ports, UTA2 n/a
100GbE ports (40GbE autoranging) 4
25GbE ports (10GbE autoranging) 20
10GbE ports n/a
10Gbase-T (1GbE autoranging) 4
12Gb/6Gb SAS ports 8
Storage networking supported NVMe/TCP, NVMe/FC, FC, iSCSI, NFS, pNFS, CIFS/SMB, Amazon S3
OS version ONTAP 9.8 RC1 or later
Shelves and media NS224 (2U, 24 drives, SFF NVMe); DS224C (2U, 24 drives, 2.5" SFF)
Host/client OS supported Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Linux, Oracle Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, macOS, VMware, ESX

AFF A250 benefits

Simplify data services for the hybrid cloud

Manage your data across the hybrid cloud effortlessly

  • Provision storage in minutes and upgrade OS easily with Integrated management tools such as ONTAP System Manager
  • Automatically tier, backup, and cache your data to the cloud with built-in cloud integration
  • Get system health checks and one-button remediation with AI-based Actve IQ digital assistant and Cloud Insight.
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Accelerate and modernize

Accelerate enterprise apps with the power of modern infrastructure.

  • Best technology in its class: end-to-end NVMe to future proof your data center
  • 45% higher performance than its predecessor to consolidate more workloads, eliminating silos
  • Capacity and performance expansion without disruption
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Consolidate—transform datacenter economy

Reduce TCO with workload consolidation

  • 2U compact design to reduce footprint especially when replacing HDDs
  • Leading storage efficiency to reduce storage cost
  • Mid-range performance at entry-level price points that include flat and predictable support cost
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