NetApp Debuts Entry-Level All-Flash Array for Midmarket Enterprises

Posted on September 08, 2016 By Pedro Hernandez

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Analytics can supercharge an organization's digital transformation initiatives, but not if it takes forever to glean meaningful business insights from disk-based storage systems. NetApp today announced a new beginner all-flash array for midsized businesses that helps slash the time it takes to complete analytics workloads, the E2800.

E2800 series arrays, also available in hybrid solid-state drive (SSD) and hard drives, make their debut alongside the latest version of the company's SANtricity storage software, version 11.30.

The software uses an SSD cache and its own analytics capabilities to provide automated tuning of customers' analytics workloads and improved visibility into the effect of their applications on their storage infrastructure, claims NetApp. Another perk is predictably brisk performance.

"NetApp continues to expand its data analytics momentum for technologies like Splunk solutions, or technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL by introducing new products and solutions that help enterprises and midsize businesses streamline their IT infrastructure and costs by more than 35 percent, boost performance by 50 percent or more, and simplify deployments," wrote Mike McNamara, senior manager of Product Marketing at NetApp, in a Sept. 8 blog post.

Three models are available, the E2812, E2824 and E2860, with the last two numbers of each model number indicating how many SSDs and/or hard drives they can accommodate. All models feature an Intel-based controller and 12Gb SAS internals. Prices start at just under $12,000 for an all-flash 5 TB system.

"Without access to enterprise-level performance, midsize businesses and remote offices can be overwhelmed by the amount of data from third platform applications," said Eric Stoltman, vice president and general manager of the Hyperscale Storage Group at NetApp. "The NetApp E2800 all-flash array and SANtricity software give these customers the simplicity and performance needed to focus on making the best data-driven decisions for their business."

NetApp also announced today a new data lifecycle management solution for data lakes, courtesy of a partnership with Zaloni. The solution is available in NetApp E-Series and StorageGRID Webscale storage.

"The automated data lifecycle management solution from Zaloni and NetApp helps customers appropriately size their data lake through tiering and use policies to automatically manage the storage tier based on the value of the content to the business," said Zaloni's Scott Gidley, vice president of Product, in a statement. "Now customers can archive or delete data no longer needed for analytics or compliance and leverage object stores to reduce archive costs without sacrificing performance."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.


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