It is strongly recommended that you use a NetApp clustered filer. Clustered filers provide high availability with respect to the filer data and do not constitute a single point of failure in the cluster.
It is strongly recommended that you use the network time protocol (NTP) to synchronize time on the cluster nodes and the NAS device. Refer to your Network Appliance documentation for instructions about how to configure NTP on the NAS device. Select at least one NTP server for the NAS device that also serves the cluster nodes.