NetApp Expands Portfolio of All-Flash Arrays

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NetApp (NTAP) announced a new all-flash array and high-end flash-optimized storage systems.

EF540 Flash Array plus FlashRay architecture

NetApp announced the availability of the EF540 all-flash array for extreme performance-driven enterprise applications. Built on the SANtricity operating system the EF540′s fault tolerant achitecture delivers 300,000 IOPS and sub-millisecond data access.

“A new class of arrays is unlocking flash’s full potential and delivering capabilities that accelerate the performance, reliability, and efficiency of enterprise data centers,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research director, Solid State Storage and Enabling Technologies at IDC. “For all-flash arrays to gain broader market adoption, it is important to look beyond the performance improvements and deliver must-have reliability, availability, and supportability features. The continued growth of NetApp flash storage systems, underscores the value of the company’s approach to managing and storing the massive amounts of data being created today.”

NetApp also previewed the architecture of its new, purpose-built FlashRay product family, which will deliver scale-out and efficiency features to maximize the benefits of all-flash arrays. The new product line will combine consistent, low-latency performance, high availability, and integrated data protection with enterprise storage efficiency features such as inline deduplication and compression. The product line will be generally available in early 2014.

Flash-optimized enterprise storage systems

NetApp introduced new high-end storage systems – the FAS/V6220, FAS6250, and FAS6290 – to address the demanding performance and capacity requirements of enterprise organizations. The FAS and V-Series platforms are designed for 99.999 percent availability and leverage clustered Data ONTAP for nondisruptive operations even during upgrades. The new enterprise storage systems can scale to over 65PB. All models support flash offerings, which increases IOPS over 80 percent and reduces latency by up to 90 percent.

“Enterprises need storage and data management solutions that have the scalability for short-term efficiencies and long-term growth,” said Brendon Howe, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp. “NetApp’s FAS storage platforms and integrated flash portfolio are architected for mission-critical SAN and NAS environments to deliver agility at scale, nonstop operations, and ease of management. These systems have the performance and scale for virtualized and cloud environments, enabling IT administrators to make the appropriate infrastructure decisions, whether it is on-premise or in the cloud.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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