With the strongest and broadest flash portfolio in the industry, in a complete line of products, including intelligent caching technologies Flash Cache, Flash Pool, and Flash Accel, the new EF540 flash array and the forthcoming FlashRay family provide flexibility and choice and maximize the value of flash across the entire compute, network, and storage stack. NetApp has deployed more than 36PB of flash in the market to date. These new product introductions will further extend that leadership.
"Flash changes everything by transforming the speed of business", stated Manish Goel, executive vice president, Product Operations, NetApp. "However, enterprise imperatives for global scale, efficiency, and reliability remain the same. NetApp's approach to flash removes the compromise from consideration, offering customers the best of all worlds."
The EF540, built on the proven SANtricity operating system, is the industry's first flash array to combine consistent extreme performance with enterprise-class high availability, reliability, manageability, and worldwide support. Designed for performance-driven applications, the EF540 delivers over 300,000 IOPS and submillisecond data access in a highly available, fault-tolerant architecture. It can eliminate storage over-provisioning and dramatically reduces costs by cutting space utilization, power, and cooling. Business-critical database applications can run up to 500% faster than in traditional storage environments, delivering instant response times and enterprise-class reliability.
The EF540 features intuitive storage management and advanced tuning functions, enabling efficient management with minimal effort. The storage system maximizes application value and has a fully redundant architecture designed to eliminate downtime.
With the introduction of the FlashRay family, NetApp is extending its storage and data management leadership by developing a new, purpose-built all-flash storage architecture. The FlashRay product architecture is founded on rich scale-out and efficiency capabilities to maximize the benefits of 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.
FlashRay will be available in limited beta in the middle of 2013 and will be generally available in 2014. The product line is designed from the ground up to maximize the value of flash. FlashRay continues to execute against a strategy to deliver an intelligent and integrated architecture that is optimized for flash.
NetApp has also released three new platforms within its FAS6200 storage systems family. The FAS6220, FAS6250, and FAS6290 increase the performance and value of its high-end product line for the most stringent workloads.
The NetApp EF540 flash array is available today. The FlashRay product line will be generally available early in 2014.