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FAS2500 Hybrid-Flash Storage Systems

Simplify operations. Raise ROI. Adapt to business growth.

Primary Use Cases


Consolidate all your workloads—including those in a virtualized environment—with a common set of data services.

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Microsoft Solutions

Accelerate and protect your critical Microsoft and business applications on FAS2500 storage.

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Backup & Recovery

Safeguard your critical data with enterprise-grade, continuous data protection.

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Multiple Business Advantages

High Performance with Flash

Accelerate your SAN and NAS workloads.

Simplified Operations

Service and upgrade your systems during regular business hours.

Scalable Solution

Start small—as little as 10TB. Grow to 8 nodes and more than 4PB.

Integrated Data Protection

Reduce downtime risk. Meet your business-continuity goals.

Models & Specifications

  fas2520 fas2552 fas2520
Print all specs print FAS2554 FAS2552 FAS2520
Single Controller Dual Controller Single Controller Dual Controller Single Controller Dual Controller
Max. Raw Capacity 1152TB 1152TB 1052TB 1052TB 672TB 672TB
Internal Drives 24 24 24 24 12 12
Supported Internal Drives
Performance HDD N/A 600GB, 900GB, 1.2TB 600GB, 900GB, 1.2TB
Capacity HDD 2TB, 3TB, 4TB,6TB,8TB N/A 2TB, 3TB, 4TB,6TB,8TB
SSD 200GB, 400GB, 800GB 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB, 3.84TB 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB, 3.84TB
Self-encrypting Drives 4TB at 7.2K RPM AES-256, FIPS 140-2 compliant 900GB at 10K RPM, 800GB SSD AES-256, FIPS 140-2 compliant 900GB at 10KRPM, 4TB at 7.2K RPM AES-256, FIPS 140-2 compliant
Max. Drives (Internal + External) 144 144 144 144 84 84
ECC Memory 18GB 36GB 18GB 36GB 18GB 36GB
Controller Form Factor 1 or 2 controllers in a single 4U chassis 1 or 2 controllers in a single 2U chassis 1 or 2 controllers in a single 2U chassis
Maximum Flash Pool 16TB[1] 16TB[1] 16TB[1] 16TB[1] 16TB[1] 16TB[1]
Onboard I/O: UTA 2 (8Gb FC/16Gb FC/FCoE/10GbE/1GbE[2]) 4 [3] 8 [3] 4 [3] 8 [3] N/A N/A
Onboard I/O:
10G Base-T
N/A N/A N/A N/A 4 [4] 8 [4]
Onboard I/O: 6Gb SAS 2 4 2 4 2 4
Onboard I/O: GbE 2 4 2 4 2 4
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Specifications for Scale-Out Configurations (Hybrid and Disk-Only Configurations)
NAS/SAN Scaling 1–8 nodes (4 HA pairs) 1–8 nodes (4 HA pairs) 1–4 nodes (2 HA pairs)
Maximum Drives 576 576 168
Maximum Raw Capacity 4.6PB 4.2PB 1.3PB
Maximum Flash Pool 64TB 64TB 32TB
Maximum Memory 144GB 144GB 72GB
Cluster Interconnect 10GbE 10GbE 10G Base-T
Storage Protocols Supported FAS2552/FAS2554 = FC; FCoE; iSCSI; NFS; pNFS; CIFS/SMB
OS Version ONTAP® 8.2.2 or later
High-Availability Features Alternate Control Path (ACP); Ethernet-based service processor and ONTAP management interface; redundant hot-swappable controllers, cooling fans, and power supplies
Supported Configurations Hardware Cluster Configurations
  • Single-node cluster
  • Two-node switchless cluster
  • Two-node switched cluster
  • Clusters of HA pairs

Back-End Disks: Single path with single controller or HA pair; dual path with single controller MP-HA with HA pair (best practice)

Consult the Interoperability Matrix Tool for FAS2500 support on earlier versions of ONTAP software.

Disk Shelves Supported DS2246 (2U; 24 drives, 2.5" SFF)
DS4246 (4U; 24 drives, 3.5" LFF)
For complete details on expansion disk shelves and supported media in those shelves, see the NetApp Disk Shelves and Storage Media web page.
Maximum RAID Group Sizes RAID-TEC™ (triple parity, ONTAP 9)
  • SSDs and Performance HDDs: 29 (26 data disks plus 3 parity disks)
  • Capacity HDDs: 21 (18 data disks plus 3 parity disks)
  • SSDs and Performance HDDs: 28 (26 data disks plus 2 parity disks)
  • Capacity HDDs: 20 (18 data disks plus 2 parity disks)
  • SSDs and Performance HDDs: 14 (13 data disks plus 1 parity disk)
  • Capacity HDDs: 7 (6 data disks plus 1 parity disk)
RAID 6 + RAID 1 or RAID 4 + RAID 1 (SyncMirror®)
Host/Client Operating Systems Supported Windows® 2000, Windows Server® 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows XP, Linux®, Oracle® Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Mac® OS, VMware®, ESX
Max. Number of LUNs 2048 per controller
Number of Supported Hosts
  • Up to 6 ports per controller configured as front-end (host) connectivity ports
  • Up to 12 directly connected servers per active-active configuration
  • Connected hosts per HA pair: Up to 512 SAN connected servers
FlexVol Volumes Up to 1,000 per controller
Snapshot® Copies Up to 255,000 per controller
Maximum Volume Size 60TB
Maximum Aggregate Size 120TB
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Thermal Rating 1,948 BTU (typical)
2,044 BTU (worst case)
1,218 BTU (typical)
1,737 BTU (worst case)
1,164 BTU (typical)
1,843 BTU (worst case)
Weight[1] 111.3 lbs 55.4 lbs 58.6 lbs
Height 7" (17.9 cm), fits into 4U space 3.35" (8.5 cm), fits into 2U space 3.45" (8.76 cm), fits into 2U space
Width 19" IEC rack-compliant (17.6", 44.7 cm)
Depth (without cable management brackets) 22" (56 cm) 19" (48 cm) 20" (50.8 cm)
Operating Temperature, Altitude, and Relative Humidity 50°F to 104°F (10°C to 40°C); at ≤ 3,000m (at ≤ 10,000') elevation; 20% to 80% relative humidity, noncondensing
Nonoperating Temperature and Relative Humidity -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C); at ≤ 12,192m (at ≤ 40,000') typical of unconditioned airplane cargo bay, 8% to 80% relative humidity, noncondensing, in original container
Operating Acoustic Noise FAS2520:
  • Declared sound power (LwAd) per ISO 9296: 6.2 Bel
  • Sound pressure (LpAm) (bystander positions): 49.6 dB
  • Declared sound power (LwAd) per ISO 9296: 6.2 Bel
  • Sound pressure (LpAm) (bystander positions): 49.6 dB
  • Declared sound power (LwAd) per ISO 9296: 6.1 Bel
  • Sound pressure (LpAm) (bystander positions): 49.6 dB
Compliance RoHS-compliant
Safety/Emissions/Immunity Safety: EN 60950, CE, CSA 60950, UL 60950, CB IEC60950-1 (all national deviations), EN60825-1, IRAM, CU, BIS, BSMI, SONCAP, NRCS LOA (South Africa)

Emissions/Immunity: FCC Part 15 Class A, ICES-03, CE, KCC, VCCI, AS/NZS CISPR 22, EN55022, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3, SABS COC (South Africa), BSMI
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  1. 16TB for ONTAP® 8.3 and higher, 4TB for Data ONTAP 8.2. (cluster-mode and 7-mode)
  2. 1GbE optical and copper SFP support starts with the release of Data ONTAP 8.3.1RC. 1GbE is also supported on ONTAP 8.2.4 or later for 7-mode systems.
  3. FAS2552 and FAS2554 onboard UTA2 ports can be configured as either 8Gb/16Gb FC port pair or 10GbE/1GbE port pair and mixed combinations.
  4. FAS2520 onboard ports are 10GBASE-T only that can autorange to 1GbE.


NetApp FAS2500 Series

Features and Software Included with the ONTAP® Software

Storage Protocols: All supported data protocol licenses included

Efficiency: FlexVol®, deduplication, compression, compaction[1], and thin provisioning

Availability: Multipath I/O

Data protection: RAID-TEC™[1], RAID-DP®, and Snapshot®

Performance: Storage QoS

Scalable NAS container: FlexGroup

Management: System Setup, ONTAP System Manager, Active IQ Unified Manager

Extended Value Software (optional)

  • SnapLock®: Compliance software for write once, read many (WORM) protected data

A Premium Bundle is available for purchase with FAS2500 systems, includes:

  • SnapRestore®: Software to restore Snapshot copies in seconds
  • SnapMirror®: Simple, efficient, and flexible disaster recovery
  • FlexClone®: Instant virtual copies of databases or virtual machines
  • SnapManager® suite and SnapCenter® software: Application- and virtual machine–aware backup, recovery, and cloning
  • SnapVault®: Disk-to-disk backup software for complete backups and online archives to primary or secondary storage in minutes instead of hours or days
  1. Available with ONTAP 9

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