March 5th, 2018 John Fish

NetApp ONTAP Select. The solution for software defined storage (SDS)

NetApp ONTAP Select

ONTAP Select is NetApp’s solution for the software defined storage (SDS) market. Being an SDS solution NetApp ONTAP Select runs on commodity server hardware, but provides enterprise class storage to the software defined data center.

With ONTAP Select 9.3 and ONTAP deploy 2.5 (used for the installation and configuration for ONTAP select) ONTAP Select adds support for the KVM hypervisor to increase choice and flexibility.

ONTAP Select 9.3 supports up to four node configurations, with each node supporting 100TB (400TB raw across the 4 nodes). Just like the FAS engineered option it supports all the NAS protocols as well as iSCSI connections.

NetApp ONTAP Select 4-Node Configuration

NetApp ONTAP Select 4-Node Configuration

ONTAP select is part of the NetApp Data Fabric solution. Unlike the traditional NetApp ONTAP releases which required NetApp FAS controller to run the ONTAP operating system, ONTAP Select uses commodity servers. A low cost commidity purchase which already exist in the data centre.

ONTAP select supports the following bare metal hypervisors:

  • VMware vSphere 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5.
  • KVM – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, CentOS 7.2.

Supports the following HCI platforms:

  • NetApp HCI.
  • VMware VSAN 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2.

Because ONTAP Select is a software solution, you can purchase and deploy it in less than a day to get new projects up and running quickly. Capacity is licensed on a per-node (per–virtual machine instance) basis, in as little as 1TB increments.The ONTAP Select capacity licenses relate to the total size of the virtual data disks that are attached to the ONTAP Select virtual machine. You can start with a just a few terabytes and then dynamically add capacity as your project grows.

Contact your Simplify IT account manager today on 0345 1243 440 to try ONTAP Select with a free 90 day trail.


Download the NetApp ONTAP Select Datasheet.

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John Fish
John Fish Solutions Architect for Simplify IT Solutions Limited, focusing on NetApp, VMware and Cisco.

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