NetApp launches Flash array, updates portfolio

Summary:NetApp has actively targeted hybrid cloud enterprises and has worked to integrate various environments as well as push solid state storage in data centers.

NetApp on Tuesday rolled out a new Flash array and enterprise storage systems as big vendors increasingly push solid-state technology into data centers.

Specifically, NetApp rolled out the EF550 flash array, which is designed for low latency and mission critical apps. NetApp's move comes a few days after EMC's XtremIO Flash effort, which has been panned by rivals IBM and HP as a lock-in strategy.

NetApp rolled out the following:

  • The NetApp EF550 flash array.
  • NetApp E2700 for branch offices.
  • And an updated E5500 for data intensive workloads.

NetApp has actively targeted hybrid cloud enterprises and has worked to integrate various environments with partnerships with Amazon Web Services.

Related EMC's XtremIO flash array hits market  |  NetApp's Q2 sales, Q3 outlook light

As for the storage systems, the EF550 is the most notable. NetApp argues that the EF550 can cut operating costs because it eliminates over provisioning. A single EF550 can match the performance of two racks of traditional drives.

In all cases, NetApp is using its OnTap software to automate as much as possible and improve app performance.

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Topics: Storage, Data Centers


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