February 22, 2013
NetApp Introduces EF540 Flash Portfolio for Performance-Driven Enterprise Applications
By Calvin Azuri
NetApp recently announced the introduction of the EF540 all-flash array, designed to support performance-driven enterprise applications. The company also previewed the newly enhanced FlashRay product family, which features robust scaling-out and storage efficiency capabilities that can further optimize all-flash arrays.
In a statement, Manish Goel, executive vice president, Product Operations, NetApp, said that, "Flash changes everything by transforming the speed of business. However, enterprise imperatives for global scale, efficiency, and reliability remain the same. NetApp's approach to flash removes the compromise from consideration, offering customers the best of all worlds."
At present, NetApp boasts the most robust and extensive flash portfolio, and with the introduction of the new EF540 flash array and the upcoming FlashRay family, the company has further improved its flexibility for customers, in addition to effectively optimizing the value of flash spanning the compute, network and storage stack.
To date, NetApp has successfully deployed more than 36PB of flash in the market, and now with the availability of its new product releases, has effectively consolidated its stronghold within the industry.
Jeff Janukowicz, research director, Solid State Storage and Enabling Technologies, IDC (News - Alert), said that, "A new class of arrays is unlocking flash's full potential and delivering capabilities that accelerate the performance, reliability, and efficiency of enterprise data centers. For all-flash arrays to gain broader market adoption, it is important to look beyond the performance improvements and deliver must-have reliability, availability, and supportability features. The continued growth of NetApp flash storage systems, underscores the value of the company's approach to managing and storing the massive amounts of data being created today."
The EF540, based on the SANtricity operating system, integrates consistent extreme performance along with enterprise-class high availability, reliability, manageability and extensive global support. In its supporting capacity to performance-driven applications, the EF540 portfolio can provide 300,000 IOPS and submillisecond data access, and can mitigate storage over-provisioning.
Additionally, the new release can help cut down on costs as it lowers space utilization, as well as the need for power and cooling. Business-critical database applications can be optimized to function 500 percent times faster, enhancing instant response times and enterprise-class reliability.
Edited by Braden Becker