Monthly Archives: October 2019

NetApp INSIGHT 2019 in Las Vegas: Hardware Announcement Roundup

I just wanted to highlight a couple of things that I thought were noteworthy.

We have new high-end and midrange All-Flash FAS (AFF) and Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) systems. These are the new AFF 400 and FAS 8300 and 8700, respectively.

So why would I want one (or more)? Well, generally, you get more! The AFF 400 has more than its predecessor, the AFF 300.

  • More cores: up to 42 cores to be exact, all thanks to the latest Intel CPU technology (Cascade Lake)!
  • More connectivity options with 25Gb and 100Gb, so you can have all the bandwidth you want!
  • More disk: up to 480 Solid State Drives (SSD) to be exact!

Much the same as the new AFF 400, the FAS 8300 and 8700 give us more! But just how much more? Well…

  • More cores: up to 42 cores of the latest Intel CPU technology Cascade Lake goodness!
  • More connectivity options with 25Gb and 100Gb (that’s a lot of bandwidth)!
  • More disk: up to 720 drives of your choice!

So basically, you get can have it bigger, stronger, and faster. This is all well and good but the real magic, in my opinion, is NetApp’s ONTAP OS! This is where things really get interesting.

So stay tuned, there is certainly some ONTAP goodness coming your way!

What’s All This About Then?

A couple of years ago I was recruited into the NetApp A-Team and suddenly a new world was opened up to me of blogging and being social. In truth, I never thought I would be the sort of person to open myself up to the world and share my opinions and experiences.

This is a huge step forward and for that, I have to thank the encouragement of my fellow A-Team members bringing me out of my shell and pushing me to be better.

I am not an expert and I wouldn’t claim to be because in my experience there is always someone out there who is smarter than you! What I am hoping to achieve is to give my viewpoint with the hopes that it will be relatable. Hopefully, we can share war stories and all learn a thing or two.

What is the NetApp A-Team I hear you asking? We are a group of passionate techies who just love technology but especially NetApp! I would highly recommend that you follow us on Twitter #NetAppATeam to keep updated on all things NetApp as well as things that I am discovering along the way!

I hope you will join me on the journey, that said sit back relax and grab a beer!