EF-Series Flash Storage Arrays
Microsecond Response to Your Most Demanding Apps
Drive extreme performance.
Over 825,000 IOPS and microsecond SSD latency help you complete business operations faster—and improve the customer experience.
- Accelerate Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases—up to 20X.
- Achieve consistent microsecond response.
Deliver high availability.
Maximize uptime using a fully redundant, six-9s modular 2U enterprise-grade building-block system with automated failover and advanced monitoring.
- Benefit from nearly 1 million SANtricity systems deployed.
- Grow seamlessly to 384TB.
Multiple Business Advantages
Eliminate overprovisioning. Reduce costs dramatically by cutting space, power, and cooling—up to 95%.
Support for up to 384TB of raw capacity in modular 2U building blocks delivers superior data access with low-latency performance.
Benefit from nearly 1 million systems—flash-optimized EF-Series arrays are designed to work in the most demanding environments.
Advanced Data Protection
Guard against data loss and downtime events—locally and long distance—with advanced data protection.
Models & Specifications
|NetApp® EF560 All-Flash Array|
|Burst I/O Rate||900,000 IOPS|
|Sustained I/O Rate||825,000 IOPS|
|Latency||<300µs up to 500,000 IOPS; <800μs up to 825,000 IOPS|
|Sustained throughput||Up to 12GBps|
|Maximum drives||120 (EF560 with 4 expansion shelves)|
|Maximum raw capacity||384TB|
|Drive types supported||2.5" SSD: 800GB, 1.6TB, 3.2TB non-FDE
2.5" SSD: 800GB FDE, 2.5" SSD: 1.6TB FIPS
|Form factor ||
Base system: 2U/24
Expansion shelf: 2U/24
|System memory||24GB, 96GB |
|Host I/O ports||8 x 16Gb FC, 8 x 12Gb SAS, 8 x 10Gb iSCSI, or 4 x 56Gb InfiniBand|
Dual active controller with automated I/O path failover
Auto load balancing and path connectivity monitoring
Dynamic Disk Pools technology and traditional RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10
Redundant, hot-swappable storage controllers, disk drives, power supplies, and fans
Automatic rebuild after a drive failure
Mirrored data cache with battery-backed destage to flash
Proactive drive health monitoring
Six-9s availability (with appropriate configuration and service plans)
|Host operating systems||Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware ESX, Oracle Solaris, IBM AIX, HP, HP-UX, Apple Mac OS|
|Included software features||
SANtricity volume copy
SANtricity Snapshot image
SANtricity thin provisioning with UNMAP
Dynamic Disk Pools technology
|Optional software features||SANtricity Drive Encryption |
Data assurance (T10-PI ANSI standard)
Dynamic volume expansion
Dynamic capacity expansion and contraction
Dynamic RAID-level migration
Dynamic segment size migration
System event monitor
NetApp AutoSupport® automatic support system
Online SANtricity OS upgrades and drive firmware upgrades
VMware vSphere Storage APIs—Array Integration
Microsoft Windows Offloaded Data Transfer
|Application plug-ins ||
NetApp SANtricity Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
NetApp SANtricity Plug-In for VMware vCenter
NetApp SANtricity VASA provider
NetApp SANtricity Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
NetApp SANtricity Performance App for Splunk Enterprise
NetApp SANtricity Plug-in for Nagios
NetApp SANtricity OpenStack Cinder
NetApp SANtricity Web Services Proxy (REST and SYMbol Web)
NetApp SANtricity PowerShell Toolkit
Snapshot copies: 2,048
|Base System Dimension and Weights|
|Weight||58.59 lb (26.58kg)|
|Expansion Shelf Dimension and Weights|
|Base System Power and Cooling|
|Expansion Shelf Power and Cooling|
- The base system and expansion shelves can be configured with a minimum of 6 SSDs.
- The system is available with storage arrays that have FC or iSCSI host I/O ports only.
- Hardware and software for at-rest data encryption are not available in certain countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and other Eurasian Customs Union countries.
- Plug-ins are available for download at no charge from mysupport.netapp.com.
Primary Use Cases
NetApp SANtricity software lets you achieve maximum performance and utilization of your EF-Series all-flash arrays.
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|Dual I/O path protection||Sustain availability and load balancing in the event of path failures.||Gain access resiliency, increase data availability, and load balance for performance by working around path HBA and connectivity faults.|
|Mirroring||Get synchronous and asynchronous volume mirroring, with consistency groups.||Protect against site failures through remote mirroring of critical data. For RPO of zero, synchronous mirroring is available for short distances, while asynchronous replication is available for longer distances without slowing local processing speeds.|
|Dynamic Disk Pools||Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) enables dynamic rebalancing of drive-count changes and increased data protection.||DDP significantly lowers data exposure during drive failure. It reconstructs data much faster while protecting performance. Drive failures or additions become non-events.|
|RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10||Multiple RAID levels offer the flexibility to optimize for your workloads—and they can be changed on the fly.||Optimize for your workload performance. You can even change the RAID group or strip size while a volume stays online.|
|Data Assurance||Support for T10-PI standard||Data assurance, based on the ANSI T10-PI standard, offers enterprise-grade data integrity and protects against silent data corruption.|
|Proactive Drive Health Monitoring||Detect issues before a drive fails.||Proactive Drive Health Monitoring examines drive health and notifies administrators much earlier that a drive is having issues—allowing time for replacement before the drive affects the system.|
|Background Media Scans||Background media scans proactively check drives for media defects and initiate repairs.||Improve E-Series and EF-Series system reliability and robustness.|
|Snapshot||Create a point-in-time image of data or a set of related data volumes.||Snapshot technology and views provide a look into the data at a specific time, forming the basis for RPO, test and development, and other modifiable datasets.|
|Volume Copy||Create a complete physical copy (clone) of a volume in a storage system.||The clone volume is a unique entity that can be assigned to any host and used by applications that require a full point-in-time copy of production data (such as backup, application testing or development, information analysis, or data mining) without affecting the performance of the production volume.|
|Recovery Guru||It provides troubleshooting assistance and procedure guidance.||Recover your system faster in the unlikely event of an issue.|
|SSD Cache||Achieve automatic serving of high-reference data by up to 5TB of SSD via data-driven caching.||Data-driven caching accelerates applications while providing low-latency SSD access for highly referenced data.|
|SANtricity Storage Manager|
|Storage Administration||Manage the SANtricity OS and E-Series storage systems and EF-Series all-flash arrays.||Intuitive GUI and task wizards automate functionality, making it easy to set up and operate the E-Series and EF-Series systems. SANtricity Storage Manager also provides access to the detailed configuration for experts wishing to optimize manually.|
|Enterprise Management Window||See a combined overview of all E-Series and EF-Series systems, with consolidated host-level administration and alerts, plus access to individual storage system management.||The easy-to-use view of all storage systems, with consolidated reporting and host management, speeds common high-level storage maintenance tasks. Respond quickly and easily to systems needing attention.|
|Array Management Window||Manage individual storage systems, diagnose issues, and change configurations.||Configure individual volume group attributes, define hosts and access rights, monitor system health and performance, and view event and performance logs. The Array Management window makes it quick and easy to deliver storage value to your enterprise SAN environment.|
|Online Management||Manage all operations online.||You can manage your E-Series and EF-Series systems as 'no scheduled downtime' systems. Save yourself the headaches of coordinating service windows while continuing to deliver storage business value.|
|Full Disk Encryption||AES-256 encryption and simplified key management protect data throughout the drive’s lifecycle without sacrificing performance.||All drives leave the datacenter. With Full Disk Encryption, your data doesn’t have to leave with them—and you also can perform secure instant erase for repurposing systems. SANtricity also supports FIPS-certified hard drives for security-sensitive customers.|
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