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EF-Series Flash Storage Arrays

Microsecond Response to Your Most Demanding Apps

Primary Use Cases

Data Analytics

Achieve consistent high performance. Access your data more frequently. Scale with compute and storage decoupled.

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Run enterprise applications—like Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server—up to 20 times faster.

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Dedicated Workloads

Power video-surveillance, cyber-security, and HPC workloads to achieve optimum levels.

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Models & Specifications

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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 [1] Base system: 2U/24
Expansion shelf: 2U/24
System memory 24GB, 96GB [2]
Host I/O ports 8 x 16Gb FC, 8 x 12Gb SAS, 8 x 10Gb iSCSI, or 4 x 56Gb InfiniBand
High-availability features

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 mirroring

SANtricity volume copy

SANtricity Snapshot® image

SANtricity SSD Cache

SANtricity Thin Provisioning with UNMAP

SANtricity Cloud Connector

Dynamic Disk Pools technology

Optional software features SANtricity Drive Encryption [3]
System capabilities

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 [4]

NetApp SANtricity Plug-In for VMware vCenter

NetApp SANtricity Performance App for Splunk Enterprise

NetApp SANtricity Plug-In for Nagios

Open management

NetApp SANtricity OpenStack Cinder

NetApp SANtricity Web Services Proxy (REST and SYMbol Web)

NetApp SANtricity PowerShell Toolkit

System maximums

Hosts/partitions: 512

Volumes: 2,048

Snapshot copies: 2,048

Mirrors: 128

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Base System Dimension and Weights EF560 Base System EF560 Expansion Shelf
Height 3.47" (8.81cm) 3.47" (8.81cm)
Width 19" (48.26cm) 19" (48.26cm)
Depth 19.6" (49.78cm) 19.6" (49.78cm)
Weight 58.59 lb (26.58kg) 52.91lb (24.00kg)
Power and Cooling[5] EF560 Base System EF560 Expansion Shelf

Typical: 0.457

Maximum: 0.627

Typical: 0.158

Maximum: 0.327


Typical: 452.9

Maximum: 620.67

Typical: 156.27

Maximum: 324.04


Typical: 1,545.3

Maximum: 2,117.81

Typical: 533.22

Maximum: 1,105.67

  1. The base system and expansion shelves can be configured with a minimum of 6 SSDs.
  2. The system is available with storage arrays that have FC or iSCSI host I/O ports only.
  3. Hardware and software for at-rest data encryption are not available in certain countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and other Eurasian Customs Union countries.
  4. Plug-ins are available for download at no charge from
  5. The EF560 nominal voltage range is between 100VAC and 240VAC.

Multiple Business Advantages

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Maximum Efficiency

Eliminate overprovisioning. Reduce costs dramatically by cutting space, power, and cooling—up to 95%.

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Modular Scalability

Support for up to 384TB of raw capacity in modular 2U building blocks delivers superior data access with low-latency performance.

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Enterprise-Proven Platform

Benefit from nearly 1 million systems—flash-optimized EF-Series arrays are designed to work in the most demanding environments.

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Advanced Data Protection

Guard against data loss and downtime events—locally and long distance—with advanced data protection.


NetApp SANtricity software lets you achieve maximum performance and utilization of your EF-Series all-flash arrays.

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Feature Function Customer Benefit
SANtricity Operating System
High Availability
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.
Data Protection
Dynamic Disk Pools Rebalance drive-count changes and increase data protection. Dynamic Disk Pools (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 Optimize your workloads with multiple RAID levels and change them 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 Leverage the 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 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.
SANtricity Cloud Connector Enable flexible and cost-effective backup and recovery to the cloud from an E/EF-Series system. Supported by the Data Fabric, the SANtricity Cloud Connector is ideal for customers who don’t have an investment in sophisticated backup and DR infrastructure and need simple hybrid cloud backup.
Recovery Guru Obtain 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.

Optional Software

Affordable, easy-to-buy add-on software is available to enhance your base-system functionality.

Feature Function Customer Benefit
Full Disk Encryption 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.

[*] Hardware and software for at-rest data encryption is not available in certain countries including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and other Eurasian Customs Union countries.

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