Traditionally NetApp deployments have focused on FAS controller hardware. NetApp’s next generation of clustered Data ONTAP is championed with the tag-phrase Simply Anywhere. ONTAP 9 supports deployment in a variety of ways including On-premise installations, installation in near-cloud environments with NetApp Hardware, deployment on NetApp approved commodity server hardware and deployment in Cloud environments.
On-premise is the traditional installation of clustered Data ONTAP on FAS and All FAS Flash hardware within the datacenter. Clustered Data ONTAP has been renamed ONTAP 9 in the newest release. Cloud ONTAP is NetApp’s release supporting Amazon Web Services and the software defined version of ONTAP that can now be installed on NetApp approved commodity server hardware is now called ONTAP Select. Installation is supported on commodity hardware can be deployed as a single node or four-node cluster using a hypervisor.
Additional ways that ONTAP can be installed include installation as part of a FlexPod converged infrastructure and as FlexArray. FlexArray supports ONTAP using third-party storage. Those familiar with previous version of Data ONTAP may remember FlexArray with the previous generation name V-Series.
To learn more about ONTAP 9 check out the newly available one day course What’s New in ONTAP 9 now offered by Fast Lane.