AFF A-Series arrays: Cloud-integrated, primed to perform

Need a little (or a lot) more performance for your critical business applications? Our AFF A-Series arrays deliver the award-winning speed and responsiveness your performance-sapping workloads demand.

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Why NetApp AFF A-Series?

Rich data services and agile cloud connection made simple

Go ahead, feed the AFF A-Series arrays your biggest demands—enterprise databases, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML)—they simply hum under pressure. Not only do these arrays deliver consistent low latency under the most stressful workloads, but performance won’t suffer when storage efficiency technologies are turned on.

Trustworthy? You bet. AFF A-Series arrays deliver best-in-class integrated data protection, leading cyber resilience, and seamless cloud backup and recovery. After all, what good is performance without security?

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AFF A900: A new superhero for your enterprise applications

Every data center needs a superhero to keep their business-critical applications running and important data always available and secure. Say hello to the new NetApp® AFF A900 system. Powered by NetApp® ONTAP® Enterprise Edition software and a high-resiliency design, our new lightning-fast NVMe storage system saves the day (every day) by eliminating disruptions to mission-critical operations, minimizing performance tuning, and safeguarding your data from ransomware attacks.

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Everyone loves a good win-win-win

Using an annual process of in-depth market research and product assessment to identify the best of the best for IT decision makers, GigaOm has now released multiple GigaOm reports in which NetApp ranks first in:

  • Primary Storage for Large Enterprises
  • Enterprise Scale-out File Systems
  • Cloud File SystemsSource: GigaOm, Data Storage for the Hybrid Multicloud Era, January 25, 2022

Key benefits of choosing the A-series

AFF A-Series arrays are smart, powerful, and trusted solutions that take advantage of modern cloud technologies to deliver the speed, efficiency, and security your data fabric needs.

Smarter than your average storage array

Deep integration with your critical business applications allows the provisioning of storage in minutes. Market-leading data reduction capabilities ensure maximum storage savings. And move your data wherever you need, on premises or in the cloud without a hitch.

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There’s powerful, and then there’s AFF A-Series powerful

Boost the performance of your enterprise apps and AI/ML with the industry’s lowest latency NVMe storage. The dual support of NVMe/FC and NVMe/TCP connectivity lets you choose the best fit to maximize performance with easy integration into your existing SAN. Plus, scale performance and capacity without causing disruptions.

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No other array works as hard to earn your trust

Meet your strictest SLAs with integrated and application-consistent data protection. Optimized tier-one SAN resiliency delivers zero data loss and zero downtime. Automatic ransomware protects against next-gen attacks with industry-leading security enhancement for an extra layer of detection and recovery. And SupportEdge optimizes your systems with simplified, predictive support services.

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

Unify your data. Simplify your hybrid cloud. Reduce costs. That’s the power of NetApp® ONTAP® software. Designed to give AFF A-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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Software Features
Data Access Protocols
  • FC, iSCSI, NVMe/FC, NVMe/TCP, FCoE, NFS, SMB, Amazon S3
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
Security and Compliance
  • Automatic ransomeware protection
  • Multifactor admin access
  • Secure multitenant shared storage
  • In-flight and data at-rest encryption
  • Regulatory compliant data retention
Cloud Integration
  • Seamlessly tier, backup, replicate, cache data to private and public clouds
  • Move data between major public cloud services

Meet the models in the AFF A-Series

While each AFF A-Series model features the same ONTAP software, they differ in hardware capabilities. From modernizing your IT to moving data in and out of multiple clouds, find the right solution for your data needs in the AFF A-Series.

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AFF A250

Check out the entry-level model that's more than what you'd expect.

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AFF A400

Extend a warm welcome to the ideal combination of all that you need at the midrange.

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AFF A800

Greet the solution for performance-hungry applications.

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AFF A900

Say hello to the new powerhouse of the A-Series.

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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 best effective capacity. That’s why we guarantee both with our NetApp® Keystone® consumption model.

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Thanks Gartner®, we could get used to this

For the third year in a row, NetApp has been recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant™ for Primary StorageGartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage, 11 October 2021, Jeff Vogel, Roger W. Cox, Joseph Unsworth, Santhosh Rao..

As a fitting compliment to this impressive streak, NetApp landed at or near the top of Gartner’s list for server virtualization and VDI, containers, and cloud IT operations in the 2021 Critical Capabilities for Primary StorageGartner Critical Capabilities for Primary Storage, 11 October 2021, Santhosh Rao, Roger W. Cox, Joseph Unsworth, Jeff Vogel.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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AFF technical specifications

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AFF A900 TechSpecs of previous model of AFF A700 can be found here. AFF A800 AFF A400 AFF A250
Best forPerformance-driven workloads and mission-critical applications requiring high resiliency Most demanding workloads requiring ultra-low latency Most enterprise applications that require best balance of performance and cost Mid-size business and small enterprises that require simplicity and best value
Maximum scale-out 24 nodes 24 nodes 24 nodes 24 nodes
Maximum SSD 5760 2880 5760 576
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. 702.7PB 316.3PB 702.7PB 35.2PB
Controller Chassis Form Factor 8U 4U; 48 internal SSD slots 4U 2U; 24 internal SSD slots
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10,000 employees and contractors seamlessly transition to work-from-home during COVID-19

Bringing its data infrastructure in-house, just in time to confidently respond to COVID-19 demands, was a massive undertaking for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. It involved two data centers and off-site cloud investments using NetApp All Flash products.


Precisely what is needed

Digitization of measurement and cloud-based data collection is changing how Testo creates testing equipment. A reliable data infrastructure gives engineers and software designers always-available access. Testo developers save time and shorten development cycles.


A solid foundation for demanding customers

SysAdminOK was founded in 2012 with a clear objective: To offer professional cloud solutions for web projects where demand, availability, performance, and security are critical factors for the business. NetApp is a foundational technology.


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With NetApp AFF, we never worry. NetApp allows us to provide excellent performance to our customers because it’s a reliable system. It’s just always on all the time. It allows us to sleep at night.

Greg Weld, Senior Converged Infrastructure Engineer, Fair Isaac Corp.

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