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NetApp ONTAP Select – Product Brief

NetApp ONTAP Select is a software-defined storage solution that runs the NetApp ONTAP operating system on user-provided hardware. Deployed as a virtual machine appliance on industry-standard servers (nodes), ONTAP Select can create a storage solution with the features of a NetApp FAS or AFF and the flexibility of a scale-out architecture.

ONTAP Select software runs as a VM appliance on VMware vSphere or KVM hypervisor installed on Intel x86 server hardware, with Cisco, Dell, HPE, Fujitsu, Lenovo and Supermicro currently supported. ONTAP Select clusters can contain up to eight server nodes in HA pairs, but can also be deployed on a single node for small or remote office deployments.

Storage capacity is direct-attached to each node, typically internal hard drives or SSDs. ONTAP Select can also access VMFS datastores hosted on external storage systems or provided by vSAN.
ONTAP Select nodes can support up to 60 HDDs or all-flash storage devices, for up to 400TB in each node. This puts the maximum total capacity for the cluster at 3.2PB (raw). ONTAP Select also supports up to 16 NVMe drives.

ONTAP Select provides block (iSCSI) and file services (NFS/CIFS) to VM-based workloads running on hosts connected to the cluster, but does not support Fibre Channel workloads. Container workloads are also supported via the Trident Container Storage Interface (CSI), which provides persistent volumes in the Read/Write Once (RWO) access mode for block and NFS storage and the Read/Write Many (RWX) access mode for NFS only.

NetApp ONTAP Select Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group Opinion

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Related to this document:
Software Defined Storage Comparison Matrix, Software Defined Storage Evaluation Guide, Software Defined Storage EvaluScale Comparison Matrix

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October 19, 2023


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