This blog is part of a series on what’s new with clustered Data ONTAP 8.3. This blog focuses on performance improvements. Compared to clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, there are significant increases in read performance with clustered Data ONTAP 8.3. As indicated in Figure 1, the FAS8080 EX offers leading OLTP performance. The all-flash FAS8080 EX running clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 offers 360K IOPS with ~1ms latency providing best-in-class integration with database applications, rich data management capabilities and enterprise-proven availability and non-disruptive operations.

Upgrading an all-flash FAS system from 8.2.x to 8.3 can deliver a performance improvement of up to almost 70% with no hardware changes-and all-flash FAS performance was already highly competitive before 8.3.


Figure 1) All-flash FAS performance with clustered Data ONTAP 8.3




In addition, Flash Pool cache sizes have increased by 4x as shown in table 1 from 8.2.2 to 8.3 for the FAS2500 and FAS8000 systems, as well as older FAS2200, FAS3200 and FAS6200 systems. The cache size increase improves throughput and decreases response times.

Table 1) Supported maximum Flash Pool cache sizes per HA pair.

Partial Model List Data ONTAP 8.2.2 Data ONTAP 8.3
FAS8080 EX 36 TB 144 TB
FAS8060 18 TB 72 TB
FAS8040 12 TB 48 TB
FAS8020 6 TB 24 TB
FAS25xx 4 TB 16 TB


Mike McNamara


Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior manager of product and solution marketing at NetApp with over 25 years of storage and data management marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over 10 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mike was a key leader driving the launch of the industry’s first unified scale-out storage system (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON ). In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent speaker at events.