NetApp adds EF560 and E5600 all-flash and hybrid flash arrays

NetApp adds boosted IOPS in all-flash EF560 plus hybrid flash and HDD products in E5600 series, expanding capacity in the midrange

NetApp has added new all-flash and hybrid flash storage arrays to the E-Series line-up, with its EF560 and E5600 products.

The EF560 is an all-flash array with up to 192TB of raw capacity in a maximum of 120 flash drives. The E5600 products comprise three arrays – two of them hybrid flash – with capacities of up to 360TB, expandable to more than 2PB with expansion shelves.

The E-Series dates back to NetApp’s acquisition of Engenio in 2011, whose arrays were designed for spinning disk. They run the SanTricity operating system (version 8.20), which is a legacy of that pedigree.

NetApp has also added flash to its FAS filers, with all-flash and hybrid flash products, and embarked on the development of a flash operating environment, FlashRay, supposedly designed from the ground up.

NetApp said FlashRay will deliver low latency, high input/output operations per second IOPS ratings, and premium features such as data deduplicationcompressionsnapshots and replication. It is also said to support object data management, scale-out clustering and triple-level cell (TLC) flash.

Currently, FlashRay is in beta with a single-node version for selected customers.

The EF560 joins the existing EF550, which was launched in November 2013. The two products have identical capacity specifications but differ in terms of quoted IOPS, with the EF560 offering 650,000 IOPS against the EF550’s 500,000.

NetApp did not explain how the EF560 boosts performance but it may be a result of higher-spec CPUs.

The E5600 series comes in three models: the hybrid flash 43TB E5624 and 360TB E5660, along with the 72TB (SAS HDD-only) E5612.

All EF-Series hybrid arrays run SAS spinning disk HDDs and eMLC flash. Connectivity on all E-Series is Fibre Channel, iSCSI and Infiniband.

The EF560 and E5600 products are available now.


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