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NetApp AFF A900: The superhero in your data center

Powerful, resilient, and secure, the AFF A900 high-end NVMe flash storage in the AFF A-series family has all that you need to fuel your mission-critical enterprise applications and keep your data available and secure at all time.

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AFF A900: The answer to mission-critical applications

Built for large enterprises and cloud service providers where speed, dependability, and security are imperative,  the AFF A900 delivers unparalleled performance and resiliency for the most demanding enterprise applications and databases.  And with the cutting-edge anti-ransomware security in the ONTAP data management software, you can rest assured that your data is safe from potentially catastrophic ransomware attacks.

Unravelled performance, resiliency and security

Built upon a high-resiliency modular architecture, the AFF A900 delivers leading reliability, availability and serviceability for the most critical business applications.  With multi-protocol support, including NVMe/TCP and NVMe/FC, the AFF A900 offers unparalleled performance. Combined with the ONTAP Enterprise Edition software, the AFF A900 system delivers a premium data management solution with built-in data protection and security, while providing maximum flexibility and simplicity.

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AFF A900 hardware technical specifications

Per-cluster specifications
Maximum scale-out 2–24 nodes (12 HA pairs)
Maximum SSDs
5,760
Maximum effective capacity 702.7PB




Per-system specifications (active-active dual controller)
Controller form factor 8U
PCIe expansion slots 20
FC target ports (32Gb autoranging) 64
FC target ports (16Gb autoranging) 64
FCoE target ports, UTA2 64
100GbE ports (40GbE autoranging) 32
25GbE ports (10GbE autoranging) 64
10GbE ports 64
10Gbase-T (1GbE autoranging) 64
12Gb/6Gb SAS ports 64
Storage networking supported NVMe/TCP, NVMe/FC, FC, iSCSI, NFS, pNFS, CIFS/SMB, Amazon S3
OS version ONTAP 9.10.1 RC2 or later
Shelves and media NS224 (2U, 24 drives, SFF NVMe); DS224C (2U, 24 drives, 2.5" SFF); DS2246 (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 A900 benefits

Powerful—accelerate enterprise databases and applications

  • Keep business-critical applications running at top speed with up to 2.4M IOPS per system and latency as low as 100µs
  • Boost SAN deployment with first-to-market enterprise-grade NVMe/TCP (in addition to NVMe/FC) that can be easily deployed without new hardware investments
  • Increase performance by 50% with a non-disruptive upgrade path from its predecessor AFF A700
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Resilient—keep data highly available and secure

  • Safeguard your data with best-in-class data security and cutting-edge anti-ransomware for pre-emption and post-attack recovery​ 
  • Reduce support cost and eliminate disruptions with high reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS)
  • Protect against data loss with integrated backup and disaster recovery
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Smart—simplify data management

  • Maximize cloud flexibility with unified and single ONTAP data management software, for data on-prem or in the cloud
  • Scale and grow with unified protocol support for SAN, NAS and Object
  • Optimize system health with AI-based predictive analytics delivered by Active IQ and Cloud Insight
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