FlexArray Storage Virtualization Software

Unify with ONTAP. Deliver more from your existing storage arrays.


Leverage the strongest data management capabilities.


-Add support for NAS workloads.


-Gain ONTAP® integrated data protection and security.


-Accelerate dev/test with instant data cloning.


-Deliver continuous data availability for critical applications.


Simplify IT operations.


-Perform maintenance tasks during regular business hours.


-Eliminate storage silos.


-Create a storage pool that spans the hybrid cloud.


-Reduce capacity requirements with inline data reduction.

Maximize your existing storage array investments.


NetApp® FlexArray virtualization software lets you use EMC, HP, Hitachi, IBM, and NetApp E-Series arrays as storage capacity in an ONTAP environment.

Multiple Business Advantages

Virtualize existing arrays to build a Data Fabric.


Create a single data management architecture that overcomes the limitations of your existing storage arrays

Simplify operations and eliminate downtime.


Standardize data management. Add flexibility for delivering file services. Perform maintenance and updates without disruption.

Reduce TCO by increasing storage efficiency.


Reduce storage needs by 35% or more using leading inline storage efficiency technologies

Primary Use Cases

NAS Gateway


Increase IT flexibility by supporting new storage requirements for NAS workloads.

Address Business Risks


Strengthen your responsiveness to unexpected events leveraging the leading data protection and security capabilities in ONTAP.

Grow with the Cloud


Eliminate storage silos and create an environment that can manage data across the hybrid cloud.


FAS models

FAS8200, FAS9000, FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060, FAS8080 EX 
Purchase and activate FlexArray at any time

Data ONTAP versions

ONTAP 8.2.1 and later (ONTAP, clustered Data ONTAP, and 7-Mode)


EMC, HP, Hitachi, IBM, NetApp E-Series (see Interoperability Matrix Tool for details)
FlexArray also supports NetApp FAS disk shelves (SSDs and HDDs).



Additional software

FlexArray supports all ONTAP software except SnapLock® Compliance.

Number of disks plus array LUNs

FAS8200: up to 480
FAS9000: up to 1440 
FAS8020: up to 480
FAS8040: up to 720
FAS8060: up to 1,200
FAS8080 EX: up to 1,440

Flash acceleration

Flash Cache™: Supported with FlexArray running on FAS8000/8200/9000 systems configured with storage arrays or NetApp FAS disk shelves 
Flash Pool™: Supported with FlexArray running on FAS8000/8200/9000 systems configured with NetApp FAS disk shelves.