NetApp Unveils New Portfolio of Products and Solutions to Tackle Big-Bandwidth and High-Performance Applications

New E5400 Storage System and Solutions for Full-Motion Video and Hadoop Analytics Are Built on Engenio Storage Platform

LONDON.-May 9, 2011- Customers today are experiencing an explosion in the sheer volume of data and information like never before. From managing massive amounts of data generated from big-bandwidth applications to real-time analysis of complex datasets, customers require storage products and solutions that are optimised to help them address these unique applications. NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced a portfolio of products and solutions built on the NetApp® E-Series Platform to enable customers and partners to effectively tackle these new and growing storage requirements. The E-Series Platform leverages technology gained from NetApp's completed purchase of the Engenio external storage systems business from LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) and enables NetApp to enter emerging markets.

NetApp E5400 Storage System
The NetApp E5400 storage system, which is available for OEMs, is a sixth-generation storage system that delivers high-class performance optimal for big-bandwidth applications, extreme storage density, and exceptional uptime. This unique combination makes the E5400 an ideal solution for high-performance environments with massive amounts of critical data and computing demands that require enterprise-class scalability and reliability. Benefits include the following:

  • The E5400 provides OEMs with a proven architecture, with over 300,000 E-Series systems shipped and a history of more than 20 years of design knowledge and firmware development.
  • The E5400's compact 4U form factor integrates controllers and drives to maximise storage density while reducing operational expenditures.
  • The E5400's fully redundant design and online administration enable continuous high-speed data access.

"NetApp is a storage-focused company, which enables us to make R&D investments in advanced storage technologies and existing product enhancements much faster and more effectively than other vendors," said Joel Reich, vice president and GM of the Array Products Business Unit, NetApp. "With the E-Series Platform now part of the NetApp portfolio, we will continue to build upon the existing product road map and engineering innovations to deliver to our OEMs a high-speed, cost-effective, scalable, and reliable storage platform to help them address their customers' growing high-performance workload requirements."

NetApp Technology Enables Improvement of Battlefield Intelligence with New Full-Motion Video Storage Solution
Full-motion video is fast becoming a tool widely used and leveraged by federal government agencies to improve operational and intelligence support on the battlefield. Full-motion video data, which is gathered from unmanned vehicles and satellites, provides mission-critical information that enables better decision-making in environments in which every second counts. The adoption of this technology is expected to increase over the next several years as federal customers capture and store multiple streams of high-definition digital video more frequently, placing an enormous strain on IT infrastructures. NetApp today unveiled a Full-Motion Video Storage Solution built on the E-Series Platform, enabling government agencies to more effectively take advantage of full-motion video.

"The market for full-motion video and digital video surveillance is growing at an accelerated pace and is primarily being driven by government demand," said Tom Coughlin, president, Coughlin Associates. "In particular, agencies within the federal government are looking for advanced storage solutions to help them manage and capture an incredible amount of data in an efficient manner. To help them address this challenge, agencies are turning to IT vendors, such as NetApp, who can offer them unique solutions that meet their specific and critical video capture needs."

"As a leading and trusted storage provider to the federal government, we have unique insight into some new use cases around full-motion video," said Mark Weber, president of U.S. Public Sector, NetApp. "The convergence of warfare technology, richer media types, huge datasets, and large-scale data processing is creating new challenges for our customers in terms of how they manage and capture all of this video information. NetApp is providing the federal government with a storage solution that is purpose built to handle the unique requirements of full- motion video and is preconfigured for easy deployment, enabling federal agencies to make better and faster mission-critical decisions in the field."

The solution leverages the new NetApp E5400, part of the E-Series Platform, and is combined with the StorNext® data management solution from Quantum®, making it ideal for big-bandwidth requirements for full-motion video capture and analysis.

NetApp Offers Hadoop Storage Solution to Accelerate Adoption of Big-Analytics Applications
Business and IT leaders face significant opportunities and challenges in analysing growing volumes of data. Traditional technologies are optimised for business data and transaction processing. Hadoop was designed to enable real-time or near-real-time data analysis and is an innovative platform to help businesses focus on managing and deriving business benefits from larger and more complex datasets. NetApp today announced a new solution built on the E-Series Platform that enables speed of deployment and simplifies manageability of Hadoop infrastructure, allowing customers to deploy a solution in hours versus weeks and to dynamically expand to petabyte scale.

The E-Series Platform provides an optimised, purpose-built storage solution to address various big-analytics applications. By simplifying and packaging the deployment of Hadoop infrastructure, NetApp accelerates the time to value and enables customers to scale their deployments more practically and predictably. Working with an ecosystem of partners, NetApp continues its commitment to industry standards and open sources, including the Apache distribution of Hadoop.

"NetApp has a strong history of leadership in supporting new technology innovations. Hadoop democratises access to previously untapped data and information," said Rich Clifton, senior vice president at NetApp. "Our solution allows enterprise adopters to gain business advantage by analysing vast quantities of information in real time. Customers can deploy the solution in hours versus weeks and scale predictably and simply."

NetApp customers are already moving toward Hadoop deployments to address big-analytics problems. A Fortune 100 technology and finance company uses Hadoop for a range of analytics to gain increased insights into business-critical data to understand customer buying behavior and offer more targeted products and services. A government intelligence agency required the ability to provide users with a connected system for intelligence that improved collaboration, discovery, and correlation analysis for increased national security. Hadoop solutions provided an intelligence system that consolidated data from disparate systems to mitigate the complexity and address the scale of this class of problem.

The Hadoop storage solution is a preconfigured and modular offering built on the currently shipping NetApp E2600. Part of the E-Series Platform, the solution has a base configuration of 16 to 32 nodes. System sizing and validation eliminate the guesswork and allow customers to deploy Hadoop clusters in hours versus weeks.

Availability and Pricing
Availability and pricing for the E5400 are available through NetApp's OEM partners. Learn more about the E5400 storage system and additional offerings in the E-Series Platform.

The Full-Motion Video Solution is available from federally focused system integrators and value- added resellers who are part of the NetApp Partner Program. Pricing is available through these partners. With this purpose-built solution, our partners provide a simplified sales model, enabling the solution to be delivered and implemented faster and more efficiently for federal government customers. Learn more about the new Full-Motion Video Solution and other solutions targeted for the U.S. Public Sector.

The Hadoop solution is expected to be available in the second quarter of NetApp's fiscal year 2012. Pricing will be determined at that time.

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