NetApp AFF A800

Did you miss one of the biggest news events of May 2018?

  • A British royal married American actress Meghan Markle
  • NASA’s InSight probe blasted off to explore the interior of Mars
  • NetApp launched the NVMe-powered AFF A800, which a new SPC-1 benchmark shows is the world’s fastest enterprise storage system

If you’re into feeds and speeds, you’ll love the fact that the NetApp® AFF A800 all-flash array delivers breakthrough performance in a compact form factor to modernize IT for demanding enterprise applications, AI workloads, and hybrid clouds.


Need proof? We’re delighted to share the news that we have just completed another independent benchmark test that proves the AFF A800 to be the world’s fastest enterprise storage system.

SPC-1 Testing Validates Breakthrough NVMe Performance

Based on a new Storage Performance Council SPC-1 Result, the AFF A800 achieved 2,401,171 SPC-1 IOPS™ at 0.590 SPC-1 IOPS™ Response Time. This places the A800 as number 1 overall in terms of SPC-1 Response Time and makes it the top-performing enterprise all-flash array among the industry’s leading storage providers as well as in the top 4 on the SPC-1 Performance list.


According the Chris Mellor of the Register, “NetApp’s system delivered the most performance (IOPS) at both the lowest response time and lowest $/GB than any of the other vendors in the top 10. 


One of the benefits of AFF is that it provides consistent industry-leading performance whether or not efficiency features are enabled. Most other vendors disable storage efficiency features when they run performance tests, which could explain why they rarely submit test results for independent, third-party verification by organizations such as the Storage Performance Council. 

NetApp AFF A800: Best-in-Class Performance and Cloud Connectivity

The new AFF A800 continues NetApp’s track record for innovation, with the industry’s first end-to-end NVMe offering that runs the world’s number 1 data management software,  NetApp ONTAP® 9.4, which is now generally available (GA release). The latest update to our flagship ONTAP software improves hybrid cloud data tiering and adds support for Microsoft Azure. ONTAP software automatically moves inactive data to a lower-cost storage tier to save money and automatically brings the data back when you need it.


Here’s a recap of AFF A800 innovations:

  • Industry-first end-to-end NVMe/FC host to flash array over 32Gb Fibre Channel
  • Industry-first 100GbE connectivity
  • 2.5PiB effective capacity1 in a 4U chassis with 15.3TB NVMe SSDs (coming soon)
  • 100GbE NetApp MetroCluster™ IP for peak performance

In addition to the A800, the NetApp A-Series family of all-flash arrays includes the A220 entry-level system, the A300 midrange system, and the A700 and A700s high-end systems. A-Series storage systems combine the industry’s highest performance with best-in-class data management and data protection for all of your business-critical applications.

Data Visionaries Are Putting Their Money on NetApp

The NetApp AFF series is the storage array for companies of all sizes that need to modernize their enterprise data infrastructure. Customers are reaping the benefits of the AFF value proposition — cloud connectivity, performance, and efficiency. The results speak for themselves:  NetApp is one of only two vendors growing in the AFA space, and our all-flash annual run rate now exceeds $2.4 billion.


Industry recognition of NetApp’s all-flash momentum includes:

  • Named as a Leader in the Gartner Solid State Array Magic Quadrant
  • Fastest-growing top 5 SAN vendor in capacity shipped 2
  • Only storage provider that can deliver end-to-end visibility across a hybrid cloud

Unlock the Power of Your Data

Take advantage of years of innovation with the best performance so you can run your apps with unprecedented speed and scale to wring maximum value from your data. You can do it all with no compromises for your core enterprise requirements, including integrated data management and efficient data protection. Visit our SAN Solutions page to learn more.

1 Effective capacity based on an average storage efficiency ratio of 4.72:1

2 IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, Q1 2018, June 5, 2018

Rob McDonald

At NetApp, Rob has global responsibility for all outbound marketing strategy (awareness, demand generation, and enablement) for Enterprise Applications and his main focus is to show how NetApp customers benefit from and the business value of running their Enterprise Applications on NetApp solutions. His previous experience includes driving high visibility flagship products and programs at multi-billion dollar high technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Quantum.

Rob lives in San Carlos in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, 3 kids, and dog, and when not working is mostly driving his family to various sporting events.

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