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Number of SVMs in a cluster

The number of SVMs that you can create in a cluster depends on the number of nodes and how the LIFs are configured and used in your cluster.

The maximum number of nodes within a cluster depends on the platform model and licensed protocols. For details about the number of nodes in a cluster, see the Hardware Universe at hwu.netapp.com.

The following table lists the recommended number of SVMs in a cluster based on the number of LIFs configured:

SVMs with protocol type Nodes Nodes per cluster SVM configuration
1 2 4 6 8 10-24
SVMs with NFS/CIFS protocol: one single LIF for data and management 125 250 500 750 1000 1000 Each SVM with one active IP LIF for data and management, and one IP LIF reserved for failover.
SVMs with FC/FCoE protocol: one LIF for data and one LIF for management 125 250 250 250 250 NA Each SVM with two FC/FCoE LIFs on each node of the cluster and an IP LIF dedicated for management.
SVMs with iSCSI protocol: one LIF for data and one LIF for management 125 125 165 190 200 NA Each SVM with one iSCSI LIF on each node of the cluster and an IP LIF dedicated for management.

You should not create SVMs with Infinite Volume if the cluster contains SVMs with SAN configuration.

SVMs with Infinite Volume cannot span more than 10 nodes of a NAS cluster.

Note: The number of SVMs in a cluster might not be same if the cluster has a combination of SVMs with different protocols.