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One of the benefits of having a NetApp filer is their ability to easily and efficiently scale out. But many NetApp users are unaware of just how many options they have when it comes to adding capacity to their filer. One of the first questions we receive from potential customers pertains to price. After all, performance and capacity options for your NetApp filer don’t mean much if you can’t afford them.

So, how much does a NetApp disk shelf cost? The short answer: it depends. There are a number of factors that go into pricing a NetApp disk shelf. First of all, will the shelf be new or used? This question will have a big impact on price. What will the shelf be used for? Is it an older generation shelf? How will the shelf be configured? To clear up this popular question we decided to go over the factors that determine NetApp disk shelf pricing.

What Kind of Disk Shelf Do I Need?

Before answering the cost question, you must first begin to think about how this shelf will be used. You should consider your workload, applications you plan on using, and your overall environment when purchasing your disk shelf. This will help you make the best decision for your IT infrastructure. When doing capacity upgrades, most NetApp users consider NetApp’s DS2246, DS4243, DS4246, and DS4486 shelves. These disk shelves are compatible with many of NetApp’s current filer offerings. Each of these shelves can help you add capacity, optimize performance, or both. That largely depends on the configuration you choose.

What Configuration Do I Need?

Now that you understand your data center and the best use cases for each shelf, you can begin to think about what configuration will benefit your environment the most. Choosing the right configuration allows you to customize your shelf to your specific needs.

Planning on using your shelf for large scale backups? Then an all SATA configured DS4246 or DS4486 could be a good choice.

Do you want to optimize performance for a specific project? A SAS + SSD configured DS2246 would be another option. At only 2U of rack space the DS2246 delivers enhanced performance in a small space.

If you’re like many NetApp users, you’re probably wanting both performance and capacity. The DS4243 is a favorite for its ability to provide a capacity and performance boost without breaking the bank.

Ready to Buy Your NetApp Shelf?

Now that you have an idea of how NetApp disk shelf pricing works, you can make an informed decision when adding capacity to your NetApp infrastructure. As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, We can help you cost effectively upgrade your NetApp filer. For our current NetApp disk shelf deals check out our Exclusive Hardware Specials. Don’t see what you need there? Our inventory changes daily so reach out to our dedicated NetApp storage specialists to learn more about our other upgrade options.