Everyone knows that flash storage is a big deal. However, one of the gaps in the flash storage market has been in enterprise flash systems. Flash caching has for some time been in many enterprise storage environments, but enterprise all-flash arrays haven’t. This week, that all changed with the launch of NetApp’s EF540 Flash Array. Targeted for business critical applications, the EF540 features the enterprise features we’re used to in a NetApp system: high availability, reliability, manageability, snapshots, synchronous and asynchronous replication and backup and a fully redundant architecture. Add to that some impressive performance statistics—over 300,000 IOPs, sub-millisecond latency, and 6GB/s throughput—and you have a system to be reckoned with.
NetApp® EF540 Flash Array
What does all this mean for the IT administrator? Database application performance boosts of up to 500% over traditional storage infrastructures mean faster business operation results, decreased time-to-market and increased revenue. Enterprise RAS features lead to less downtime, intuitive management and greater system ROI.
Of course, as mentioned earlier in the week in the Are You Limiting Your Flash Performance? post, the network flash systems are connected to also plays a role in boosting performance and reliability. To this end, NetApp has equipped the EF540 well with 40Gb/s QDR InfiniBand, 10Gb/s iSCSI and 8Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity options, all with automated I/O path failover for robustness.
Following the flash trend, NetApp also announced the all-new FlashRay family of purpose-built enterprise flash arrays, with expected availability in early 2014. The FlashRay products will focus on efficient, flexible, scale-out architectures to maximize the value of flash installments across the entire enterprise data center stack. Given all this and the enterprise features of the EF540, there’s no longer a reason not to jump on the flash bandwagon and start moving your enterprise ahead of the game.
Find out more about the EF540 Flash Array and FlashRay product family at NetApp’s website: http://www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems/flash-ef540/ and http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/press-releases/news-rel-20130219-678946.aspx
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