NetApp SolidFire Introduces the SF-Series 19210 Node and New Element OS with VVol Integration that Delivers Market-Leading Performance Control per VM

Highest-density SF-Series node delivers twice the performance and capacity; ninth-generation storage software simplifies customers’ transition to service delivery-oriented infrastructure

NetApp SolidFire (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, today introduced the latest addition to its NetApp SolidFire SF-Series product line and announced version 9 of its NetApp SolidFire Element Operating System (OS) - Fluorine.

The new NetApp SolidFire SF-Series 19210 decreases the cost of all-flash arrays by offering the highest density - twice the performance and capacity in the SF-Series - and lowest cost per GB/IOPS. With 40-80TB effective capacity, 100,000 predictable IOPS and sub-millisecond latency, the SF-Series 19210 is well-suited for heavily virtualized environments, databases, and public and private cloud infrastructures where guaranteed performance, scale-out capacity, and higher infrastructure density are required. The SF-Series 19210 delivers the full SolidFire feature set, including guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), a true scale-out architecture, in-line data reduction, complete system automation and integration with VMware and OpenStack.

NetApp SolidFire’s Platform Compatibility Guarantee ensures hardware compatibility so customers can seamlessly add new SF-Series nodes to expand their system with the latest flash technology, rather than being locked into a single generation of flash. This eliminates the hardware replacement, storage migration and forklift upgrades that are common with many traditional enterprise storage systems, ultimately protecting customers’ investment in their infrastructure.

“Element OS 9 (Fluorine) is a demonstration of our commitment to continuously improving and building an innovative, solid and flexible all-flash array for a broad range of use cases. By simply upgrading to Fluorine, customers gain access to a new set of features that help them transition to a service delivery infrastructure,” said SolidFire’s Field CTO Val Bercovici. “Our unique software-based approach to storage allows customers to enable the next-generation data center in every data center and achieve what’s never been possible before.”

Building upon eight previous versions, NetApp SolidFire’s new Element OS — named Fluorine — continues to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise feature set for consolidating multiple, mixed workloads onto an agile, secure and automated infrastructure. By integrating with VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols), increasing Fibre Channel scalability and enhancing multi-tenant network capabilities, Element OS 9 significantly improves flexibility and expands the range of use cases for SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out system. New key functionality within Fluorine includes:

  • Integration with VVols - By integrating SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) with VMware VVols, customers can achieve the most granular control over storage performance on a per-virtual machine (VM) basis. This functionality allows them to set min, max and burst IOPS levels, ensuring exact amounts of capacity and guaranteed performance for even the most performance-sensitive VMs. Both capacity and performance can be changed on-the-fly without migrating data or impacting performance.
  • Increased Fibre Channel (FC) scalability - Element OS 9 doubles the number of FC node connectivity in a SolidFire cluster to four, allowing users to scale out to 40 storage nodes. Fluorine also increases the limit of IOPS per FC node from 300,000 to 500,000 IOPS, resulting in 2,000,000 IOPS per a four-FC node cluster — over three times better aggregate performance.
  • Expanded VLAN features - New features within Fluorine allow for tagging default networks and supporting more flexibility in multi-tenant networks by enabling customers to use overlapping IP addresses on VLANs via separate routing tables, preserving limited IP address resources.
  • New user interface (UI) - Re-built from the ground up, the new UI consolidates the storage system data into a single dashboard, saving customers time and resources.

Only SolidFire offers a true shared nothing architecture, which enables customers to upgrade to Element OS 9 non-disruptively. SolidFire has proven the advantages of a shared nothing architecture by offering 100 percent non-disruptive software and hardware upgrades since SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage platform was released for general availability in November 2012.

The SF-Series 19210 is currently available for order through SolidFire and its global partner network. To learn how to put NetApp SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage platform to work in your data center, visit www.solidfire.com/platform. Fluorine will begin shipping in the third quarter of CY2016. For more information, visit www.solidfire.com/platform/element-os.

About NetApp SolidFire
NetApp SolidFire (NASDAQ: NTAP) is the market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center. Leveraging SolidFire’s all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems.

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