NetApp Expands Flash Portfolio, Extending Leadership in Enterprise Flash Storage

NetApp Expands Flash Portfolio, Extending Leadership in Enterprise Flash Storage 
Unveils New EF540 Flash Array and Previews New Purpose-Built
FlashRay(TM) Product Architecture for the Next-Generation of
Enterprise Infrastructure 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 --  In a move that extends
its leadership in the industry, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced
the availability of the EF540 all-flash array for today's extreme
performance-driven enterprise applications, and previewed the
architecture of its new, purpose-built FlashRay(TM) product family,
which will deliver rich scale-out and storage efficiency features to
maximize the benefits of all-flash arrays. The new product
introductions extend the comprehensive NetApp(R) enterprise flash
portfolio, which maximizes the value of flash across the entire
compute, network and storage stack, enabling the flexibility to
choose the best approach to unique workloads.  
With the strongest and broadest flash portfolio in the industry, in a
complete line of products, including intelligent caching technologies
Flash Cache(TM), Flash Pool(TM), and Flash Accel(TM), the new EF540
flash array and the forthcoming FlashRay family provide flexibility
and choice and maximize the value of flash across the entire compute,
network, and storage stack. NetApp has deployed more than 36PB of
flash in the market to date. These new product introductions will
further extend that leadership.  
"Flash changes everything by transforming the speed of business,"
said Manish Goel, executive vice president, Product Operations,
NetApp. "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." 
Watch Brendon Howe, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing,
talk about NetApp's comprehensive flash storage strategy and how
customers can take advantage of it. 
NetApp EF540 Flash Array Heads to the Top of the Enterprise-Class 
The EF540, built on the proven SANtricity(R) operating system, is the
industry's first flash array to combine consistent extreme
performance with enterprise-class high availability, reliability,
manageability, and worldwide support. Designed 
for performance-driven
applications, the EF540 delivers over 300,000 IOPS and submillisecond
data access in a highly available, fault-tolerant architecture. It
can eliminate storage over-provisioning and dramatically reduces
costs by cutting space utilization, power, and cooling.
Business-critical database applications can run up to 500% faster
than in traditional storage environments, delivering instant response
times and enterprise-class reliability. 
The EF540 features intuitive storage management and advanced tuning
functions, enabling efficient management with minimal effort. The
storage system maximizes application value and has a fully redundant
architecture designed to eliminate downtime. 
NetApp FlashRay Family Defines the Future of Flash Storage  
With the introduction of the FlashRay family, NetApp is extending its
storage and data management leadership by developing a new,
purpose-built all-flash storage architecture. The FlashRay(TM)
product architecture is founded on rich scale-out and efficiency
capabilities to maximize the benefits of flash arrays. The new
product line will combine consistent, low-latency performance, high
availability, and integrated data protection with enterprise storage
efficiency features such as inline deduplication and compression. 
FlashRay will be available in limited beta in the middle of 2013 and
will be generally available in 2014. The product line is designed
from the ground up to maximize the value of flash. FlashRay continues
to execute against a strategy to deliver an intelligent and
integrated architecture that is optimized for flash. 
Today, NetApp also announced the release of three new platforms
within its FAS6200 storage systems family. The FAS6220, FAS6250, and
FAS6290 increase the performance and value of its high-end product
line for the most stringent workloads.  
The NetApp EF540 flash array is available today. The FlashRay product
line will be generally available early in 2014. 
Supporting Quotes: 
Industry Analyst Quote 

--  Jeff Janukowicz, research director, Solid State Storage and Enabling
    Technologies, IDC
    "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."

Customer Quotes 

--  Kirk Larson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Children's
    Hospital Central California
    "NetApp's all-flash array offering would help us improve the
    user-experience for high-performance workloads. Currently, we are
    experiencing 25% annual data growth using NetApp's Virtual Storage
    Tier; this combines NetApp efficiency technologies with Flash Cache
    intelligent caching to prioritize I/O data requests. Hospital staff
    members can access the right data at the right time, while IT can
    deliver a more dynamic and cost-effective infrastructure."
--  Bradley Lauritson, Director of Upstream Technology, Apache
    "The NetApp storage solution -- in particular, their flash solutions
    -- means we can take full advantage of our new software environment
    for enhanced decision making, unhampered by data transfer delays.
    Apache can make more accurate and profitable drilling decisions with
    the NetApp storage as our IT foundation."

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