What’s new for FAS and AFF systems

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Learn about the new features for FAS and AFF systems.

New adapter support

Adapter part number Description Category Available beginning

2-port 100GbE RoCE QSFP28

  • Storage

  • Networking

  • HA/MetroCluster

ONTAP 9.8

2-port 25GbE RoCE QSFP28

  • Networking

  • HA/MetroCluster

ONTAP 9.8

NVMe SSD Module (1 TB)

Core dump device

ONTAP 9.8

New switch support

Switches Description Available beginning

Supports a shared Infrastructure (Cluster, HA, and switch-attached storage) on the same pair of Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 switches, including support for MetroCluster IP configurations.

ONTAP 9.9.1

Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 cluster interconnect switch and storage switch support for AFF/FAS controllers, as well as for front-end data connectivity.

ONTAP 9.8

Broadcom BES-53248 cluster interconnect switch support for AFF/FAS controllers with 40/100GbE ports.

ONTAP 9.8

Cisco Nexus 100 GbE switch can be used as a dedicated storage switch to connect NS224 NVMe drive shelves to the following platforms:

  • AFF A800/AFF ASA A800

  • AFF A700/AFF ASA A700

  • AFF A400/AFF ASA A400

  • AFF A320

ONTAP 9.8

Broadcom BES-53248 cluster interconnect switch support for AFF/FAS controllers with 10/25GbE ports.

ONTAP 9.5P8

New platform support

Platforms (with links to data sheets) Available beginning

ONTAP 9.10.1

ONTAP 9.8

ONTAP 9.8

ONTAP 9.8

ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP 9.6

ONTAP 9.6

New shelf support

Shelves Available beginning

NS224

ONTAP 9.6

New hardware updates

Functionality Description and where to learn more Available beginning

Expanded platform support for NS224 drive shelves

The following platforms support NS224 drive shelves:

  • AFF A800/AFF ASA A800

  • AFF A700/AFF ASA A700

  • AFF A250/AFF ASA A250

  • FAS500f

ONTAP 9.8

Hot-adding 12Gb SAS shelves to 6Gb SAS storage stacks

A single speed transition from 6Gb to 12Gb in a SAS storage stack is now supported. This enables storage expansion of existing 6Gb stacks with 12Gb shelves.

ONTAP 9.7P4

ONTAP 9.6P9

ONTAP 9.5P14

New hardware upgrade enhancements

The hardware upgrade procedures have been simplified in ONTAP 9.8 with the introduction of the automatic port placement feature. When you are upgrading a system running ONTAP 9.8 you must use the correct procedure to account for the port placement feature.

Review the following table to see the available upgrade procedures. See each guide for additional details to determine if the procedure is appropriate.

For additional MetroCluster-specific procedures, see Choosing an upgrade or refresh method.

ONTAP version Location Nondisruptive Supports MetroCluster

9.8 to 9.0.x

Controller Hardware Upgrade Express Guide (Moving existing physical storage)

No

No

Controller Hardware Upgrade Express Guide (Moving volumes to new storage)

Yes

No

9.8

Yes

Yes (FC)

9.8

Yes

Yes (FC)

9.7 to 9.5

Yes

Yes (FC)

9.7 and earlier

Yes

Yes (FC)