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.