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Storage limits for Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.6 in AWS

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Cloud Volumes ONTAP has storage configuration limits to provide reliable operations. For best performance, do not configure your system at the maximum values.

Maximum system capacity by license

The maximum system capacity for a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system is determined by its license. The maximum system capacity includes disk-based storage plus object storage used for data tiering. NetApp doesn’t support exceeding this limit.

For some HA configurations, disk limits prevent you from reaching the 368 TB capacity limit by using disks alone. In those cases, you can reach the 368 TB capacity limit by tiering inactive data to object storage. Refer to capacity and disk limits below for more details.

License Maximum system capacity (disks + object storage)

Explore

2 TB (data tiering is not supported with Explore)

Standard

10 TB

Premium

368 TB

BYOL

368 TB per license

For HA, is the license capacity limit per node or for the entire HA pair?

The capacity limit is for the entire HA pair. It is not per node. For example, if you use the Premium license, you can have up to 368 TB of capacity between both nodes.

For an HA system in AWS, does mirrored data count against the capacity limit?

No, it doesn’t. Data in an AWS HA pair is synchronously mirrored between the nodes so that the data is available in the event of failure. For example, if you purchase an 8 TB disk on node A, Cloud Manager also allocates an 8 TB disk on node B that is used for mirrored data. While 16 TB of capacity was provisioned, only 8 TB counts against the license limit.

Disk and tiering limits by EC2 instance

Cloud Volumes ONTAP uses EBS volumes as disks, with a maximum disk size of 16 TB. The sections below show disk and tiering limits by EC2 instance type because many EC2 instance types have different disk limits. Disk limits are also different between single node systems and HA pairs.

The disk limits below are specific to disks that contain user data. The limits do not include the boot disk and root disk.

Disk limits are shown by instance for Premium and BYOL licenses only because disk limits can’t be reached with Explore or Standard licenses.

Single node with a Premium license

Instance type Max disks per node Max system capacity with disks alone Max system capacity with disks and data tiering

c4.4xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

c4.8xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

c5.9xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

c5.18xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

c5d.4xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

c5d.9xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

c5d.18xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

m4.4xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

m5.4xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

m5d.8xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

r4.2xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

r5.2xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

r5d.2xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

Single node with one or more BYOL licenses

Instance type Max disks per node Max system capacity with one license Max system capacity with multiple licenses

Disks alone

Disks + data tiering

Disks alone

Disks + data tiering

c4.4xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

c4.8xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

c5.9xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

c5.18xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

c5d.4xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

c5d.9xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

c5d.18xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

m4.xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

m4.2xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

m4.4xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

m5.xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

m5.2xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

m5.4xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

m5d.8xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

r4.xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

r4.2xlarge

34

368 TB

368 TB

544 TB

368 TB x each license

r5.xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

r5.2xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

r5d.2xlarge

22

352 TB

368 TB

352 TB

368 TB x each license

HA pairs with a Premium license

Instance type Max disks per node Max system capacity with disks alone Max system capacity with disks and data tiering

c4.4xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

c4.8xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

c5.9xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

c5.18xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

c5d.4xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

c5d.9xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

c5d.18xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

m4.4xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

m5.4xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

m5d.8xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

r4.2xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

r5.2xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

r5d.2xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

HA pairs with one or more BYOL licenses

Instance type Max disks per node Max system capacity with one license Max system capacity with multiple licenses

Disks alone

Disks + data tiering

Disks alone

Disks + data tiering

c4.4xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

c4.8xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

c5.9xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

c5.18xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

c5d.4xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

c5d.9xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

c5d.18xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

m4.xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

m4.2xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

m4.4xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

m5.xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

m5.2xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

m5.4xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

m5d.8xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

r4.xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

r4.2xlarge

31

368 TB

368 TB

496 TB

368 TB x each license

r5.xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

r5.2xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

r5d.2xlarge

19

304 TB

368 TB

304 TB

368 TB x each license

Aggregate limits

Cloud Volumes ONTAP uses AWS volumes as disks and groups them into aggregates. Aggregates provide storage to volumes.

Parameter Limit

Maximum number of aggregates

Single node: Same as the disk limit
HA pairs: 18 in a node 1

Maximum aggregate size

96 TB of raw capacity 2

Disks per aggregate

1-6 3

Maximum number of RAID groups per aggregate

1

Notes:

  1. It is not possible to create 18 aggregates on both nodes in an HA pair because doing so would exceed the data disk limit.

  2. The aggregate capacity limit is based on the disks that comprise the aggregate. The limit does not include object storage used for data tiering.

  3. All disks in an aggregate must be the same size.

Logical storage limits

Logical storage Parameter Limit

Storage virtual machines (SVMs)

Maximum number for Cloud Volumes ONTAP
(HA pair or single node)

One data-serving SVM and one destination SVM used for disaster recovery. You can activate the destination SVM for data access if there’s an outage on the source SVM. 1

The one data-serving SVM spans the entire Cloud Volumes ONTAP system (HA pair or single node).

Files

Maximum size

16 TB

Maximum per volume

Volume size dependent, up to 2 billion

FlexClone volumes

Hierarchical clone depth 2

499

FlexVol volumes

Maximum per node

500

Minimum size

20 MB

Maximum size

Dependent on the size of the aggregate

Qtrees

Maximum per FlexVol volume

4,995

Snapshot copies

Maximum per FlexVol volume

1,023

Notes:

  1. Cloud Manager does not provide any setup or orchestration support for SVM disaster recovery. It also does not support storage-related tasks on an additional SVM. You must use System Manager or the CLI for SVM disaster recovery.

  2. Hierarchical clone depth is the maximum depth of a nested hierarchy of FlexClone volumes that can be created from a single FlexVol volume.

iSCSI storage limits

iSCSI storage Parameter Limit

LUNs

Maximum per node

1,024

Maximum number of LUN maps

1,024

Maximum size

16 TB

Maximum per volume

512

igroups

Maximum per node

256

Initiators

Maximum per node

512

Maximum per igroup

128

iSCSI sessions

Maximum per node

1,024

LIFs

Maximum per port

32

Maximum per portset

32

Portsets

Maximum per node

256