Storage limits for Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.0 in Azure

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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 the system capacity limit. If you reach the licensed capacity limit, Cloud Manager displays an action required message and no longer allows you to add additional disks.

License Maximum system capacity (disks + object storage)

Freemium

500 GiB

PAYGO Explore

2 TiB (data tiering is not supported with Explore)

PAYGO Standard

10 TiB

PAYGO Premium

368 TiB

Node-based license

368 TiB per license

Capacity-based license

2 PB

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 TiB of capacity between both nodes.

Disk and tiering limits by VM size

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

The tables below show the maximum system capacity by VM size with disks alone, and with disks and cold data tiering to object storage.

  • Single node systems can use Standard HDD Managed Disks, Standard SSD Managed Disks, and Premium SSD Managed Disks, with up to 32 TiB per disk. The number of supported disks varies by VM size.

  • HA systems use Premium page blobs as disks, with up to 8 TiB per page blob. The number of supported disks varies by VM size.

Note You can purchase multiple node-based licenses for a Cloud Volumes ONTAP BYOL system to allocate more than 368 TiB of capacity. The number of licenses that you can purchase for a single node system or HA pair is unlimited. Be aware that disk limits can prevent you from reaching the capacity limit by using disks alone. You can go beyond the disk limit by tiering inactive data to object storage. Learn how to add additional system licenses to Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

Single node with a Premium license

VM size Max data disks per node Max system capacity with disks alone Max system capacity with disks and data tiering

DS5_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

DS14_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

DS15_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

E32s_v3

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

E48s_v3

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

E64is_v3

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

Single node with node-based licensing

Note For some VM types, you’ll need several BYOL licenses to reach the max system capacity listed below. For example, you’d need 6 BYOL licenses to reach 1.95 PB with DS5_v2.
VM size Max data 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

DS3_v2

13

368 TiB

368 TiB

416 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS4_v2

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

928 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS5_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

1.95 PB

368 TiB x each license

DS13_v2

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

928 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS14_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

1.95 PB

368 TiB x each license

DS15_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

1.95 PB

368 TiB x each license

E4s_v3

5

160 TiB

368 TiB

160 TiB

368 TiB x each license

E8s_v3

13

368 TiB

368 TiB

416 TiB

368 TiB x each license

E32s_v3

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

928 TiB

368 TiB x each license

E48s_v3

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

928 TiB

368 TiB x each license

E64is_v3

29

368 TiB

368 TiB

928 TiB

368 TiB x each license

L8s_v2

13

368 TiB

368 TiB

416 TiB

368 TiB x each license

Single node with capacity-based licensing

VM size Max data disks per node Max system capacity with disks alone Max system capacity with disks and data tiering

DS3_v2

13

416 TiB

2 PB

DS4_v2

29

928 TiB

2 PB

DS5_v2

61

1.95 PB

2 PB

DS13_v2

29

928 TiB

2 PB

DS14_v2

61

1.95 PB

2 PB

DS15_v2

61

1.95 PB

2 PB

E4s_v3

5

160 TiB

2 PB

E8s_v3

13

416 TiB

2 PB

E32s_v3

29

928 TiB

2 PB

E48s_v3

29

928 TiB

2 PB

E64is_v3

29

928 TiB

2 PB

L8s_v2

13

416 TiB

2 PB

HA pairs with a Premium license

VM size Max data disks for an HA pair Max system capacity with disks alone Max system capacity with disks and data tiering

DS5_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

DS14_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

DS15_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

E8s_v3

13

104 TiB

368 TiB

E48s_v3

29

232 TiB

368 TiB

HA pairs with node-based licensing

VM size Max data disks for an HA pair Max system capacity with one license Max system capacity with multiple licenses

Disks alone

Disks + data tiering

Disks alone

Disks + data tiering

DS4_v2

29

232 TiB

368 TiB

232 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS5_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

488 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS13_v2

29

232 TiB

368 TiB

232 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS14_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

488 TiB

368 TiB x each license

DS15_v2

61

368 TiB

368 TiB

488 TiB

368 TiB x each license

E8s_v3

13

104 TiB

368 TiB

104 TiB

368 TiB x each license

E48s_v3

29

232 TiB

368 TiB

232 TiB

368 TiB x each license

HA pairs with capacity-based licensing

VM size Max data disks for an HA pair Max system capacity with disks alone Max system capacity with disks and data tiering

DS4_v2

29

232 TiB

2 PB

DS5_v2

61

488 TiB

2 PB

DS13_v2

29

232 TiB

2 PB

DS14_v2

61

488 TiB

2 PB

DS15_v2

61

488 TiB

2 PB

E8s_v3

13

104 TiB

2 PB

E48s_v3

29

232 TiB

2 PB

Aggregate limits

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

Parameter Limit

Maximum number of aggregates

Same as the disk limit

Maximum aggregate size 1

384 TiB of raw capacity for single node 2
352 TiB of raw capacity for single node with PAYGO
96 TiB of raw capacity for HA pairs

Disks per aggregate

1-12 3

Maximum number of RAID groups per aggregate

1

Notes:

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

  2. If using node-based licensing, two BYOL licenses are required to reach 384 TiB.

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

Storage VM limits

Some configurations enable you to create additional storage VMs (SVMs) for Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

These are the tested limits. While it is theoretically possible to configure additional storage VMs, it’s not supported.

License type Storage VM limit

PAYGO

  • 1 storage VM for serving data

  • 1 storage VM for disaster recovery

Freemium

24 storage VMs total 1,2

Capacity-based license 3

24 storage VMs total 1,2

Node-based BYOL 4

24 storage VMs total 1,2

  1. These 24 storage VMs can serve data or be configured for disaster recovery (DR).

  2. Each storage VM can have up to three LIFs where two are data LIFs and one is an SVM management LIF.

  3. For capacity-based licensing, there are no extra licensing costs for additional storage VMs, but there is a 4 TiB minimum capacity charge per storage VM. For example, if you create two storage VMs and each has 2 TiB of provisioned capacity, you’ll be charged a total of 8 TiB.

  4. For node-based BYOL, an add-on license is required for each additional data-serving storage VM beyond the first storage VM that comes with Cloud Volumes ONTAP by default. Contact your account team to obtain a storage VM add-on license.

    Storage VMs that you configure for disaster recovery (DR) don’t require an add-on license (they are free of charge), but they do count against the storage VM limit. For example, if you have 12 data-serving storage VMs and 12 storage VMs configured for disaster recovery, then you’ve reached the limit and can’t create any additional storage VMs.

File and volume limits

Logical storage Parameter Limit

Files

Maximum size

16 TiB

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

100 TiB

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 TiB

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