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NetApp FAS2000 Storage Line Delivers up to 432 TB

NetApp has launched its new FAS2000 line of entry-level storage systems for midsize organizations.

There are two products in the FAS2000 product line, the FAS2040 and the higher-end FAS2240. According to NetApp, the FAS2040 is "excellent for consolidating virtualized environments with one to three Windows applications and lighter file-serving workloads," while the FAS2240 is "ideal for consolidating virtual environments with multiple workloads and Windows applications."

The FAS2040 is available in a 2 rack unit (U) form factor with 12 drive bays, while the FAS2240 is available in either a 2U or 4U form factor, both with 24 drive bays. The FAS2040 and FAS2240 both feature dual controllers, remote management, and support for FCP, iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS storage protocols. The FAS2000 series systems use NetApp OnCommand System Manager 2.0 to simplify, control, and automate system setup and management and run the latest version of NetApp's proprietary operating system, Data ONTAP.

Key features of the FAS2000 series, operating with dual-controller, active-active configurations, include:

  • Support for dual controllers;
  • Maximum raw capacity of 408 TB (FAS2040), 374 TB (FAS2240-2U), or 432 TB (FAS2240-4U);
  • Support for up to 136 disk drives (FAS2040) or 144 disk drives (FAS2240);
  • Maximum of eight Ethernet ports;
  • Up to four 4 GB fibre channel ports (FAS2040 only);
  • Support for 8 gigabit fibre channels on the FAS2240, when using the optional dual-port 10 GbE or 8 gigabit fibre channel mezzanine card and a single slot per controller;
  • Two (FAS2040) or four (FAS2240) onboard serial-attached SCSI (SAS) ports;
  • 10 GbE support (FAS2240 only);
  • Remote management; and
  • Support for FCP, iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS storage protocols.

"With NetApp, we have achieved amazing results and have lowered our IT costs by 45 percent," said Greg Flanik, Chief Information Officer, Baldwin-Wallace College. "The affordability and efficiencies we gained with our NetApp storage system resulted in major cost savings and a payback on our investment in the first 12 months. In a midsize environment where people need to be multifaceted, the simplicity is key in enabling our team of IT generalists to manage our NetApp storage infrastructure and free up valuable time and expertise to focus on the business."

The NetApp FAS2000 series systems start at under $7,500 and are available through NetApp authorized resellers, distributors, and integrators. For more information, visit

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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