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FAS2220: Raising the Bar for the Entry Level


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FAS2220: Raising the Bar for the Entry Level

  1. 1. Tech OnTap Newsletter ArticleFAS2220: Raising theBar for the Entry Level NetApp strives to deliver storage to-disk backup and/or replication Steven Miller that addresses the performance and to a corporate data center via Senior Technical scalability needs and budget realities NetApp SnapVault® or SnapMirror® Director and of the enterprise, midrange, and entry technology. Platform level without imposing unnecessary Architect barriers that make it difficult or Understanding the FAS2220 impossible to move between platforms. When NetApp started to design the Steven has been the platform We achieve this by running the same FAS2220, we had a few goals in mind. architect for NetApp for over Data ONTAP® operating environment We wanted a new entry-level system six years and was responsible and the same management tools that would deliver value for smaller IT for the FAS3100, FAS3200, across all FAS platforms, and by organizations, and we wanted a system FAS6200, and FAS2240 as well using the same or similar components that was easier and faster to set up and as the Performance Acceleration wherever possible. We’re also run than anything we’d built before. In Module (PAM) and Flash Cache committed to deliver enterprise-level addition, as I said in the introduction, (PAM II). He is also the NetApp features for reliability, availability, we wanted to deliver the same RASM Engineering liaison to the National serviceability, and manageability features we provide in the FAS6200 Security Agency (NSA), National (RASM) across our entire line. We think series (https://communities.netapp. Geospatial-intelligence Agency these things allow you to start right, com/docs/DOC-9948) and FAS3200 (NGA), and Central Intelligence keep it simple, and grow smart. series (https://communities.netapp. Agency (CIA). Steven is currently com/docs/DOC-9215) in our entry-level involved with several IEEE and With the new FAS2220, we wanted to FAS systems as well. industry groups. He is credited round out our entry-level offering with a with 26 issued patents and 19 platform that addresses several needs: The result is a new system that offers pending applications in the areas clear advantages versus the FAS2020, of storage and high-performance • Smaller IT teams get the advantages our earlier entry-level platform. The computing. of unified storage, integrated data FAS2220: protection, and advanced storage efficiency in a platform that’s quick • Supports single or dual controllersTech OnTap provides monthly IT to install, easy to manage, and plus disks in a compact 2U forminsights plus exclusive access to sized and priced for their unique factorreal-world best practices, technical requirements. • Improves SAS resiliency with MP-HAcase studies, and behind the scenes • Distributed enterprises get a for both internal and external disksengineering interviews. To subscribe storage platform that fits the needs • Delivers three to seven times thevisit of remote offices while improving performance of the FAS2020community/tech-ontap. data protection by facilitating disk-
  2. 2. Table 1) Comparison of FAS2220 and previous-generation FAS2020. NetApp FAS Storage Want to learn more about the FAS2020 HA FA2220 HA NetApp FAS storage line? Processor Cores 2 x 32-bit 4 x 64-bit Platform Architect Steve Miller has written articles that cover the Hyperthreading CPU No Yes entire FAS product line: Physical Memory 2GB 12GB • Enterprise-class FAS6200 series Onboard I/O 4 x 4Gb FC 4 x 6Gb/s SAS (https://communities.netapp. 4 x GbE 8 x GbE com/docs/DOC-9948) Maximum Disks 68 60 • Midrange FAS3200 series (https://communities.netapp. Maximum Capacity 68TB 180TB com/docs/DOC-9215) • Entry-level FAS2240 Management BMC Service Processor (SP) (https://communities.netapp. Data ONTAP Support 7.2.2+, 7.3 8.1.1 com/docs/DOC-13020) Performance 1x 3–7x• Includes all supported storage The FAS2220 uses 6Gb/s SAS for all Upgrades protocols (NFS, CIFS, iSCSI) at no internal and external disk connections. Unlike the FAS2240, the FAS2220 additional cost For expansion storage, three external cannot be converted into a disk shelf as• Provides simplified management shelves—DS2246, DS4243, and part of an upgrade operation because via the latest OnCommand® System DS4246—are supported and can be the chassis is not supported as a disk Manager software mixed on a single FAS2200 SAS stack. shelf. However, you can migrate SSD• Is cluster-ready for future growth Up to 2 external shelves are supported and capacity HDD drive carriers from• Offers the new NetApp® Flash Pool for a maximum of 60 drives. the FAS2220 to a DS4243 or DS4246 capability to increase performance disk shelf and assign ownership to a and decrease storage cost The power supply units (PSUs) used new controller or you can migrate these• Is priced to fit any budget in the FAS2220 are the same as those disks into a FAS2240-4. used in the DS2246 disk shelf andHardware the FAS2240-2. Processor Controller Software EnhancementsThe FAS2220 features a new 2U, 12-disk Modules (PCMs) use the same form All FAS2220 systems run Datachassis capable of accommodating factor and conform to the Storage ONTAP 8.1.1 or later and includeone or two controller modules for Bridge Bay (SBB) standard. the Data ONTAP Essentials bundlestandalone or high availability (HA) with NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI supportconfigurations (see Figure 1). Each PCM provides two 6Gb/s SAS at no additional cost. Data ONTAP ports and four Gigabit Ethernet portsService Analytics Essentials gives you immediate access (see Figure 2). Two additional ports to key NetApp technologies includingThe 12 large-form-factor drive carriers provide connectivity for the service deduplication (http://communities.are the same as those used in the processor and ACP (discussed later)., thinDS4243 and DS4246 disk shelves and Configuration Options provisioning (http://communities.the FAS2240-4 and are offered with • Standalone. FAS2220 standalone,three disk options: configurations contain a single PCM compression (http://communities.• Performance HDD. 10K RPM SAS in the main chassis with a controller, drives blank in the second PCM slot to Snapshot™ copies, RAID-DP® (http://• Capacity HDD. Large-capacity SATA provide proper cooling. Both 6- and disks 12-disk configurations are available. 12850) technology, Open Systems• SSD. Solid-state disks • HA. FAS2220 HA configurations SnapVault, MultiStore® technology use two PCM modules in the main ( capacity and SSD options are the chassis and assign a minimum of 6 DOC-4915), and core managementsame as those used in the DS424x. disks per controller. tools including OnCommand ManagerExisting SSDs and capacity HDDs from and OnCommand System Manager.these disk shelves can be migrated to In either configuration, up to 2 externala FAS2220. disk shelves (DS424x and/or DS2246) can be added.
  3. 3. Figure 2) Rear view of FAS2220 PCM showing connectivity.Figure 1) FAS2240-2 rear view. Figure 3) NetApp Flash Pool.Ease of Management. OnCommand Figure 3. (With Flash Cache the cache ACPSystem Manager lets you manage has to be “rewarmed” during HA For out-of-band management ofNetApp storage without being takeover events.) NetApp SAS disk shelves, all FASa “storage expert.” Wizards systems provide NetApp Alternateand intuitive graphics guide you Expect to see more details about Flash Control Path (ACP) technology. ACPthrough configuration and ongoing Pool technology in Tech OnTap® in enhances data availability by giving aadministration tasks. Dashboards coming months. storage controller the ability to resetprovide at-a-glance views of capacity, Reliability, Availability, a storage channel without having tonotifications, and performance. Serviceability, and Manageability communicate over that channel. If a On the resiliency and availability front, channel is down or misbehaving, aNetApp Flash Pool Technology. we’ve added a number of features to quick reset can bring it back onlineThe FAS2200 series (FAS2220 and enhance the FAS2220, bringing it on without external intervention. ACPFAS2240) supports Flash Pools, an par with the FAS2240 and the FAS3200 allows a storage system to recover fromexciting new feature that NetApp and FAS6200 series. faults that might otherwise require it tointroduced in Data ONTAP 8.1.1. reboot, and that’s a big advantage.Flash Pools extend the NetApp Service ProcessorVirtual Storage Tier (VST) (https:// ACP gives you a “back door” into your Previous entry-level platforms disk shelves. It is completely separate a more basic service processor10322) approach to provide both read- from the SAS data path and provides than our midrange and enterpriseand write-level caching in a NetApp new options for nondisruptive recovery storage platforms. Both the FAS2220aggregate and can be used by FlexVol® of shelf modules, including the ability and FAS2240 use the same servicevolumes contained in the aggregate. to reset or power cycle an individual processor design as our higher-endBy adding SSDs to an aggregate, you I/O module or an entire domain. We platforms. The service processorcan use economical, capacity-oriented designed in the ability to power cycle remains operational even when theHDDs and achieve great performance. an entire shelf as well. ACP technology rest of a storage system is down and provides capabilities such as remote enhances the ability of Data ONTAPFlash Pool technology shares many power cycle, call-home notification of to automatically reset a misbehavingfeatures with Flash Cache: It works at a down system, and always-on access component in order to return it to a fullya granularity of 4KB, provides real-time for troubleshooting. operational mode without disruption.caching that adapts automatically tochanges in usage, and works seamlessly Internal Processor State Additional features include:with key Data ONTAP features From an engineering standpoint, thelike deduplication and FlexClone® • FRU reporting and tracking resiliency feature I’m most excited abouttechnology. In addition, Flash Pool • Advanced current/voltage and is the ability to go into the processorcaches random writes to enhance write temperature sensor reporting and read out its internal state evenperformance and provides consistent • Monitor LED status when it’s not running. The combinationperformance across HA events. See • Force core dumps (replaces NMI of core dumps and internal processor button on controllers)
  4. 4. Table 2) The FAS2200 series. FAS2220 FAS2240-2 FAS2240-4Form Factor 2U 2U 4UChassis Depth 20.5 in. 19 in. 24 in.Maximum Storage 180TB 374TB 432TBMaximum Drive Count 60 1448 x GbE 144Flash Pool Support Yes Yes YesOptional I/O Ports N/A 4 x 8Gb FC or 4 x 8Gb FC or 4 x 10 GbE 4 x 10 GbEConv. to Disk Shelf N/A Yes YesOS Version Data ONTAP 8.1.1+ Data ONTAP 8.1+ Data ONTAP 8.1+state gives us the detailed forensics to overall storage resiliency, and it also design supports either standaloneunderstand exactly what is happening enables Data ONTAP to perform or HA configurations and up to 12when a problem occurs so we can maintenance activities such as shelf disk drives in just 2U of rack space.correct it. We can even single step the firmware upgrades nondisruptively. The new version of OnCommandmain CPU to pinpoint failure modes. Performance improves because MP-HA System Manager simplifies setup andAlthough you may never need to take provides twice the bandwidth to your ongoing management, while Flash Pooladvantage of these capabilities, they can storage. MP-HA also load-balances technology lets you combine SSDs withhelp us isolate hardware failures much the two storage paths with every GB HDDs to optimize both read and writemore quickly, reducing their potential of data transferred to maintain optimal performance.impact. This type of capability is not performance.common on entry-level storage. The FAS2220 is capable of providing About NetAppSystem-Level Diagnostics MP-HA for all attached disks, both NetApp creates innovative storageWe’ve also included the same system- internal and external, for dual-controller and data management solutions thatlevel diagnostics used on FAS3200 and configurations, reducing the chance of deliver outstanding cost efficiency andFAS6200 to help you better identify a failover occurring as the result of path accelerate business breakthroughs.hardware problems. You can run failures. Having a second path to reach Discover our passion for helpingsystem-level diagnostics after one of storage protects against a variety of companies around the world gothe following events: possible faults, such as: further, faster at• Initial system installation • Port failure Go further, faster ®• Addition or replacement of • Controller-to-shelf cable failure hardware components (in configuration with multiple disk• System panic caused by an unidentified failure• Access to a device that becomes shelves) • Shelf module failure • Dual intershelf cable failure Tech OnTap Subscribe Now intermittent or unavailable • Secondary path failure (in HA To receive useful content like this• System response time that configurations) and other members-only benefits, becomes sluggish and that other Conclusion subscribe to our monthly newsletter troubleshooting has not resolved The FAS2220 is designed to deliver at HA for Internal more value for smaller requirements community/tech-ontapand External Disks than we’ve ever offered in an entry-MP-HA is the capability to provide level platform while providing a levelredundant paths between storage of resilience normally found only incontrollers and disks. MP-HA increases enterprise storage. The unique chassis © 2012 NetApp, Inc. All rights reserved. No portions of this document may be reproduced without prior written consent of NetApp, Inc. Specifications are subject to change without notice. NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, Data ONTAP, FlexClone, FlexVol, MultiStore, OnCommand, RAID-DP, SnapMirror, Snapshot, SnapVault, and Tech OnTap are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as