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Introduction to NetApp storage

The NetApp storage system is a hardware- and software-based data storage and retrieval system. It responds to network requests from clients and fulfills them by writing data to or retrieving data from its disk array. It provides a modular hardware architecture running the Data ONTAP operating system and WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout) software.

For information about all of the models of NetApp storage systems, see the NetApp Products and Technologies page.

Note: Backend storage subsystems such as IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, and HP® for V-Series systems provide storage for data. NetApp V-Series systems fulfill client requests from Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) on the backend storage subsystems. For more information about V-Series systems, see the V-Series Systems Software Setup, Installation, and Management Guide.

Data ONTAP is the operating system for all NetApp storage systems. It provides a complete set of storage management tools through its command-line interface, through the FilerView interface, through the DataFabric Manager interface (which requires a license), and—for storage systems with a Remote LAN Module (RLM) or a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) installed— through the RLM or the BMC Ethernet connection to the system console.