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Network file services

Data ONTAP enables users on client workstations (or hosts) to create, delete, modify, and access files or blocks stored on the storage system.

Storage systems can be deployed in network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) environments for accessing a full range of enterprise data for users on a variety of platforms. Storage systems can be fabric-attached, network-attached, or direct-attached to their clients. Supported protocols for NAS are NFS, CIFS, HTTP, and FTP for file access. Supported protocols for SAN (block) are iSCSI, FC, and FCoE for block-storage access.

Client workstations are connected to the storage system through direct-attached or TCP/IP network-attached connections, or through FC, fabric-attached connections.

For information about configuring a storage system in a NAS network, see the Data ONTAP Network Management Guide for 7-Mode.

For information about configuring a storage system in a SAN fabric, see the Data ONTAP SAN Administration Guide for 7-Mode.