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NetApp AFF C-Series

: The ‘C’ stands for cool

Take the latest capacity flash technology, add some best-in-class smarts, and you get an affordable flash solution that redefines security, scalability, and sustainability.The product images shown may represent the range of products or be for illustration purposes only. They may not be an exact representation of the product.

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Why capacity flash with the AFF C-Series?

Modernize to an all-flash data center connected to the cloud

If you haven’t noticed, QLC is all grown up and capable of achieving some impressive ROI numbers. Like reducing power and cooling costs up to 85% with only a fraction of the footprint of hybrid storage. And with flash performance gains to match, you can now afford to move a lot more workloads to flash with ease. It gets even better–you can connect to the cloud in just a few clicks with the unified control plane of NetApp BlueXP.

Key benefits of the AFF C-Series

AFF C-Series arrays are sustainable, scalable, and secure solutions suited for tier 1 and tier 2 applications. With capacity flash performance and easy affordability, now you can have it all with zero compromise. 

The C-Series is ideal for: 

  • Transitioning from hybrid/HDD to all-flash storage
  • Business-critical VMware environments, database applications, and file workloads
  • A secondary storage target for disaster recovery, backup, and tiering

Reduce TCO and energy costs while simplifying operations​

Save up to 95% of rack space and 85% of power and cooling costs over hybrid storage with high-density capacity flash. Realize even greater savings with our 4:1 guaranteed storage efficiency for SAN workloads and easy tiering of cold data to the cloud.

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Scale capacity and performance as your data grows

Expand capacity and​ eliminate storage silos with non-disruptive scale-out in a cluster. Deploy and move workloads with the ultimate flexibility of unified support across different protocols (SAN, NAS and object) and storage media (performance flash, capacity flash and disk), and across hybrid cloud, on premises, or in the cloud.

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Keep important data secure and available

Safeguard against threats like ransomware and get built-in, application-consistent data protection. Achieve superior business continuity with best-in-class security and availability that minimizes loss should disaster strike.

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Recover your data - guaranteed

Your data is your most valuable asset. Trust NetApp to protect your data from ransomware attacks. If we can’t help you recover your data in the event of a ransomware attack, we will make it right.

ONTAP data management software: the power behind AFF C-Series

Secure your data. Simplify your hybrid cloud. Reduce costs. That’s the power of NetApp® ONTAP® software. We offer the most comprehensive software suite on the market with your storage system purchase. ONTAP is designed to give AFF C-Series arrays every advantage possible in the data center and when connected to the cloud. You just won the data management lottery.

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All-flash storage paired with a best-in-class ownership experience

With NetApp® Advance, you get predictability and adaptability to meet your future needs. Enjoy guaranteed efficiency; free, non-disruptive controller upgrades; and options to shift infrastructure investments to the cloud if and when it’s right for your business.

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NetApp once again named a Leader in Gartner® Magic Quadrant™

We're honored NetApp has been named a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Primary Storage. NetApp also ranked highest in two Use Cases in the 2023 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Primary Storage report: Cloud IT Operations and Containers.Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage, Jeff Vogel | Joseph Unsworth | Chandra Mukhyala, 18 September 2023
Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Primary Storage, Jeff Vogel | Joseph Unsworth | Chandra Mukhyala, 18 September 2023

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Software Features
Data Access Protocols
High Availability
  • Active-active and symmetric active-active (SAN-only) host connectivity
  • Nondisruptive maintenance, upgrade and scale-out clustering
  • Multi-site resiliency for continuous data access
Storage Efficiency
  • Inline data compression, deduplication and compaction
  • Space-efficient LUN, file and volume cloning
  • Automatic data tiering
Data Management
  • Intuitive onboard GUI, REST APIs and automation integration
  • AI-informed predictive analytics and corrective action
  • Quality of Service (QoS) workload control
  • Easily provision and manage data from market-leading host operating systems, hypervisors and application software
Scalable NAS
  • Large-scale single namespace management with local and remote caching
Data Protection
  • Application-consistent Snapshot® copies and restore
  • Integrated remote backup/disaster recovery
  • Synchronous zero data loss replication
  • Tamper-proof Snapshots
  • Business continuity across sites
Security and Compliance
  • Autonomous ransomware protection
  • Multifactor admin access
  • Secure multitenant shared storage
  • In-flight and data at-rest encryption
  • Regulatory compliant data retention
  • Multi-admin verification before executing sensitive commands
Cloud Integration
  • Seamlessly tier, backup, replicate, cache data to private and public clouds
  • Move data between major public cloud services
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Cloud tiering made simple, smart, and wonderfully frugal

This hands-on lab will show you how easy it is to tier your cold data from a NetApp all-flash system to an on-premises private cloud and keep dollars from unnecessarily flying out the window.

Risk-averse? Fear not, we removed it from the equation

We believe you should always get predictable, blazing-fast speed from every application even at peak demand. We also believe you should always experience the most effective capacity. That’s why we guarantee both with our NetApp® Keystone® consumption model.

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GigaOm declares NetApp storage a leader

With three leader rankings in storage, our trophy case just got a lot more crowded.

AFF C-Series Technical Specifications

The AFF C-Series all-flash systems are ideal for tier 1 and tier 2 workloads while also delivering better performance than disks. Find out which model is the best fit for your requirements.

  NetApp AFF C800 System NetApp AFF C400 System NetApp AFF C250 System
AFF C800The product images shown may represent the range of products or be for illustration purposes only. They may not be an exact representation of the product. AFF C400The product images shown may represent the range of products or be for illustration purposes only. They may not be an exact representation of the product. AFF C250The product images shown may represent the range of products or be for illustration purposes only. They may not be an exact representation of the product.
Best for More demanding workloads requiring moderately high performance and high capacity Most enterprise applications that require best balance of performance and capacity Mid-size business and enterprises that require simplicity and best value
Maximum scale-out 24 nodes 24 nodes 24 nodes
Raw capacity 182TB-2.2PB 122TB-1.46PB 122-734TB
Max Effective CapacityEffective capacity based on 5:1 storage efficiency ratios with the maximum number of SSDs installed; space savings will vary dependent on workload and use cases. 176PB 71PB 35PB
Controller Chassis Form Factor 4U; 48 internal SSD slots 4U 2U; 24 internal SSD slots
Power Consumption (Median) 1463W 1240W (with NS224) 491W

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NetApp’s capacity flash storage is perfect for our business-critical applications in managing the significant amounts of data our animated films require, and we're excited about the TCO benefits of high density and efficient storage footprint that the extended C-Series portfolio has to offer.

Skottie Miller, Technology Fellow for Systems Architecture, DreamWorks Animation

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