Creating IPspaces

IPspaces are distinct IP address spaces in which storage virtual machines (SVMs) reside. You can create IPspaces when you need your SVMs to have their own secure storage, administration, and routing.

About this task

Beginning with ONTAP 9, there is a cluster-wide limit of 512 IPspaces. The cluster-wide limit is reduced to 256 IPspaces for clusters that contain nodes with 6 GB of RAM or less for platforms such as FAS2220 or FAS2240. See the Hardware Universe to determine whether additional limits apply to your platform.

NetApp Hardware Universe

Note: An IPspace name cannot be "all" because "all" is a system-reserved name.


  1. Create an IPspace: network ipspace create -ipspace ipspace_name
    ipspace_name is the name of the IPspace that you want to create.
    The following command creates the IPspace ipspace1 on a cluster:
    cluster-1::> network ipspace create -ipspace ipspace1

After you finish

If you create an IPspace in a cluster with a MetroCluster configuration, IPspace objects must be manually replicated to the partner clusters. Any SVMs that are created and assigned to an IPspace before the IPspace is replicated will not be replicated to the partner clusters.

After creating an IPspace, you must create a broadcast domain to define the ports that will be part of the IPspace prior to creating SVMs.