NetApp Introduces New Flash Array And Performance Optimised Enterprise Storage Systems

NetApp has announced two new hardware platforms and updated a third to address the broad performance requirements of data-intensive applications.

By offering the broadest and most complete flash portfolio in the industry, NetApp maximises the value of flash across the entire compute, network, and storage stack, improving efficiency and accelerating business-critical application performance. Every workload is different; that’s why NetApp’s broad portfolio of hybrid and all-flash arrays allows customers to create an optimal solution.

The new platform releases continue to execute against the storage industry’s most innovative roadmap, which recently included NetApp’s unveiling of a comprehensive strategy for cloud integration. As organisations turn to hybrid cloud environments to optimise costs, seize opportunities, and mitigate risks, NetApp is providing its clustered Data ONTAP® platform for seamless cloud management across any blend of private and public cloud resources. Already more than 175 cloud service providers deliver cloud services built on Data ONTAP. IDC recently named NetApp Data ONTAP as the world’s number-one branded storage operating system.[1]

“At NetApp, our product innovation strategy is to deliver the industry’s leading portfolio of cloud-integrated, flash-accelerated storage and data management solutions. We are committed to meeting our customers’ specific needs for multiple workloads and deployment models, whether dedicated or as part of a shared infrastructure,” said Matt Hurford, national systems engineering manager, NetApp Australia and New Zealand. “The expansion of our EF-Series all-flash arrays and E-Series platforms will meet growing demand for performance-oriented architectures that offer superior performance, reliability, efficiency and scale.”

“The InfiniBand-connected NetApp E5460 has been a platform enabler for the Queensland Brain Institute,” said Jake Carroll, infrastructure manager, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland. “Before implementing the NetApp platform, our high performance computing (HPC) facilities had grown to a point where the existing technology in disk storage was no longer able to meet our needs.

“NetApp has delivered a high throughput, low latency offering in HPC disk that also affords us the capacity we require for our research. This enables us to effectively manage aggressive mixed genomics, neuro-imaging and computational neuroscience workloads that have developed over time as a consequence of our research demands.”

About the platforms

EF550 Flash Array

The new NetApp EF550 is a trusted platform that keeps business operations running by delivering business results faster and improving the customer experience. The EF550 delivers consistent, predictable, submillisecond response times to accelerate the latency-sensitive applications responsible for driving revenue, productivity, and/or customer satisfaction on a day-in, day-out basis. Key applications include database, VDI, and web services. The EF550’s scale-up architecture provides more data access to low-latency performance while remote replication enables business-critical application to be fully protected at a remote site.

Operational costs are dramatically lowered with the EF550 due to the elimination of overprovisioning. In fact, a single EF550 is able to match the performance of two full racks of traditional spinning drives. This results in significant savings of space, power, and cooling.


The NetApp E-Series leads in innovation with Dynamic Disk Pools, Intelligent Cache Tiering with SSD Cache, the NetApp AutoSupport™ tool, remote replication in a simple array, and the latest release of 12G SAS. The E-Series is part of the NetApp portfolio of block-based, performance optimised storage. Easily scalable by design, the E-Series is for workloads requiring 99.999% reliability and consistently high performance.

E2700: The new E2700 offers simple and flexible management, allowing IT staff to focus on adding business value versus managing storage. IT departments can add storage capacity as their organisations grow without reconfiguring running applications. By introducing 12G SAS, the E2700 dramatically accelerates application performance for price/performance value. Seamless operations with seamless application integration meet the demands of any application environment with the support of fabric controller (FC), Internet small computer system interface (iSCSI), and SAS.

E5500: The performance-efficient E5500 expands enterprise data protection with the SANtricity suite of data replication features and flexible interface offerings with 10G iSCSI and 16G FC, in addition to SAS and IB. With NetApp AutoSupport, users have enterprise monitoring and installed-base analytics for proactive operations. The E5500 scales to 1.5PB per system for data-intensive storage at scale.

Leadership in cloud-integrated storage solutions

In 2013, NetApp discussed its vision to provide seamless data management and control across a blend of private and public cloud resources. By harnessing the versatility and efficiency of Data ONTAP, NetApp delivers a universal data platform, enabling dynamic data portability and extensive customer choice across private cloud, public cloud service provider, and hyperscale cloud provider options. NetApp has more than 175 cloud service providers delivering over 300 cloud services built on Data ONTAP. It is the first and only major storage supplier building an ecosystem around a private storage solution for Amazon Web Services and was recognised as the Private Cloud Partner of the Year by Microsoft. In addition, the # 1 integrated infrastructure platform, FlexPod®, from Cisco and NetApp is a proven platform for service providers and enterprises.[2] FlexPod is deployed across multiple data centers and integrates on-premise private clouds with secure public clouds.

With a customer-centric approach that strikes the right balance between technology and business needs, NetApp solves the inherent data management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, helping customers realise the true benefits of the cloud.

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