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November 6, 2012

NetApp introduces midrange storage platforms

FAS3220 and FAS3250 leverage NetApp's Flash technologies to enhance application responsiveness and performance

By CBR Staff Writer

NetApp has updated its FAS midrange storage systems with the introduction of the FAS3220 and FAS3250.

The new FAS storage systems are claimed to help enterprises and midsized businesses that are consolidating operations onto a shared storage platform improve performance by up to 80% and increase storage capacity up to 100% over existing midrange products.

In addition, they also claimed to help organisations to double storage utilisation, cut storage spending in half, and enhance productivity across the business.

NetApp Product and Solutions Marketing vice president Brendon Howe said: "Our new unified midrange products are optimized for both mission-critical SAN and NAS environments, leverage technologies such as Flash and clustered Data ONTAP® to address today’s performance and capacity needs and nonstop operations, and are architected to scale for future needs."

Data ONTAP is a storage operating system that offers data protection, calability, thin provisioning, deduplication, thin clones, Snapshot copies, backup, and disaster recovery.

Clustered Data ONTAP enhances NetApp Data ONTAP storage operating system features by enabling high-availability storage platforms, such as FAS3220 and FAS3250, to operate as a shared pool of resources, the company said.

NetApp Flash Pool is a software feature within Data ONTAP that enables automated storage tiering across combinations of solid state disks (SSDs) and traditional hard disk (HDD) based on traffic patterns, providing enhanced performance under load without requiring users to migrate data in demand.

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The Flash Accel software product leverages Flash technology on the server to deliver I/O throughput gains of up to 80% and average response time improvements of up to 90%.

NetApps’ new systems include up to three times the number of PCIe expansion slots, which are used to support network cards, Flash Cache cards, and additional storage connectivity.

FAS3220 and FAS3250 enable companies to reduce disk purchases by 50% through storage efficiency features that apply to both primary and secondary storage.

Both the systems leverage NetApp’s Flash technologies, which are designed to provide fully automated, virtual storage tiering, to enhance application responsiveness and performance.

NetApp Flash Cache, which is a controller-based PCIe card, speeds data access through intelligent caching of recently read user data and metadata in the storage controller.

The FAS3200 series can be tailored for virtualised, private cloud or traditional environments, requiring only a few terabytes of storage to over 2PB in a single system.

FAS3220 offers a memory of 24GB per array, includes 480 drives and offers 1TB flash, while FAS3250 offers a memory of 40GB per array, includes 720 drives and offers 2TB flash.

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