Network Appliance Changes Game for Midrange Enterprise Storage
Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 23, 2005 -
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) unveiled two new midrange
storage systems today-the NetApp® FAS3020 and
FAS3050-plus a new serial ATA (SATA) option for primary storage
applications. Concurrently, NetApp debuted two new V-Series
virtualization engines-the NetApp V3020 and V3050. These new
solutions, combined with Data ONTAP™ 7G software, address three significant
customer pain points-high storage acquisition costs, low storage
resource utilization, and increasing storage management costs-with
elegant, powerful, and scalable solutions that help today's
enterprise tailor its storage needs to its business and data
demands. The new systems also significantly increase NetApp
"We designed our new FAS systems,
virtualization engines, and SATA disk option to provide the best
value of any midrange storage system in the industry," said Patrick
Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network
Appliance. "Our customers tell us that data storage consumes 30% to
50% of their IT infrastructure budgets, and that data growth
presents a huge management challenge. We listened and designed the
modular and scalable FAS3000 series and the V3000 systems to reduce
overall complexity, increase performance, and simplify data
management. Additionally, we are achieving an industry milestone by
enabling economical, high-density SATA disk drives for primary
storage applications-without sacrificing data integrity and
The FAS3000 series delivers up to twice the
price/performance and supports more users per system than previous
generation FAS storage systems for greater storage consolidation
capability. As part of the unified NetApp architecture, these
midrange systems support file services, FC SAN, IP SAN, and
multiple network configurations, while offering scalability to
higher performance systems with seamless, painless upgrades without
requiring the "forklift" data migration needed by most other
offerings currently on the market. Designed with enterprise
serviceability, continuous availability, and easy manageability in
mind, the NetApp FAS3000 series increases reliability, simplifies
maintenance, and reduces storage infrastructure complexity. With
storage capacity up to 84TB and 336 disks, the FAS3000 series
brings high-end capabilities with a midrange price tag.
"The new NetApp FAS3000 series will give
customers like Jefferson-Pilot Financial the best options to
architect a highly available solution that simplifies the data
management of our primary business applications," said John Kelly,
vice president at Jefferson Pilot Financial. "Like most financial
services companies experiencing rapid storage growth, we need to
consolidate storage, maximize data protection, and streamline
backup/archiving in order to get more value from our IT
investments. These new midrange products squarely position NetApp
for further success in the enterprise."
Additionally, FAS3000 systems offer the
FlexVol™ capabilities built into Data ONTAP 7G, which
improves disk performance even for small data volumes. FlexVol
technology can also increase customers' storage utilization by up
to 50%. Combined with the new SATA storage option, primary storage
cost per megabyte (MB) can be reduced by more than half. Only
NetApp can offer this level of breakthrough storage cost savings.
NetApp is leading the industry in featuring SATA drives as an
option for primary storage and is the only company to safeguard
those drives against disk failure with RAID-DP™ technology.
RAID-DP offers better data protection and far lower cost per MB
than competing vendors' conventional disk mirroring (RAID-1)
approaches to protection. Initial target applications for
SATA-based primary storage include non-transactional data
warehouses, home directories, software development, and disaster
The V3020 and V3050 improve performance by up
to two times that of previous generation V-Series systems and
improve scalability with four times the capacity and integrated
host and storage connectivity. Additionally, the systems allow
better manageability with remote power control and call home
capability. V-Series systems enable customers to extend the
complete suite of groundbreaking dynamic virtualization
capabilities delivered in NetApp Data ONTAP 7G software to
third-party storage products from HDS, HP, IBM, and Sun. The unique
virtualization capabilities of V-Series systems translate directly
into customer cost savings and a more intelligent, fluid approach
to storage asset utilization that accommodates shifting business
demands. In short, the V-Series family offers what NetApp calls
"the most comprehensive and sophisticated virtualization engine
NetApp also announced the availability of a
new, independent study from VeriTest, a division of Lionbridge
(Nasdaq: LIOX), that compared the usability and performance of the
FAS3020 storage system to the EMC CLARiiON CX500 mid-range RAID
array. VeriTest analyzed how NetApp unified storage, leveraging
FlexVol technology, simplifies the deployment and management of SAN
storage environments to provide higher performance than can be
obtained using conventional RAID array products.
The study used configurations that resemble
workloads encountered in typical on-line database environments.
VeriTest's key findings include:
- NetApp performs better
NetApp-configured with RAID-DP-generated up to five times better
performance compared to EMC when using RAID1/0 with both systems
connected via Fibre Channel. When the same test was run using iSCSI
on NetApp, the performance advantage was up to three times better
than EMC via Fibre Channel.
Using the snapshot process with EMC resulted in a sustained 60%
drop in overall performance. There was no sustained degradation in
the overall performance of NetApp storage as a result of using
NetApp Snapshot™ technology.
- NetApp maximizes deployed storage
NetApp FlexVol technology required 26 fewer physical disk drives
than EMC to provision a sample enterprise-class database
- NetApp is easier to deploy and
NetApp required significantly less time than EMC to complete
various key provisioning and administrative tasks.
As Patrick Rogers continued, "Reports we have
seen from META Group show that more than 70% of data center storage
requirements can be addressed by modular, midrange storage-which is
exactly how we designed and built the FAS3020 and FAS3050 systems.
Similar reports have shown that overall storage needs are growing
at 45% annually with midrange storage growing at 50% to 55% per
year. With that kind of storage demand, customers expect their
storage suppliers to offer them novel ways to control costs, reduce
IT burdens, and deliver incremental value. Today's announcements,
and the significant impact of the VeriTest results, emphasize our
efforts to do just that."
NetApp solutions are complemented by
industry-leading ConsultingEdge and SupportEdge services available
from NetApp Global Services (NGS). By combining exceptional storage
expertise, applying best practices, and providing ongoing global
support and maintenance, NGS can help customers design, implement,
and support unified storage solutions using the new FAS3000 series,
V3000 systems, the SATA drive option, and new features in Data
ONTAP 7G to lower storage acquisition costs, increase storage
utilization, and decrease storage management costs.
Technical and VeriTest Details
Technical details on the FAS3020, FAS3050, V3020, V3050, and the
SATA storage option are available online at http://www.netapp.com/products/.
Pricing and Availability
NetApp FAS3020 and FAS3050 systems are available immediately.
Pricing is available upon request from NetApp Sales or NetApp
distribution and channel partners.
The SATA storage option is available
immediately for the following NetApp systems: FAS3020, FAS3050, and
FAS960. Pricing is available upon request from NetApp Sales or
NetApp distribution and channel partners.
NetApp V3020 and V3050 systems will be
available in June. Pricing is available upon request from NetApp
Sales or NetApp distribution and channel partners.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions
for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
firsts. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and
services is available at www.netapp.com.
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