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NetApp's high hopes for FAS work

Network Appliance has released two new mid-range storage systems, which the company said would significantly increase NetApp midrange performance. The FAS3020 and FAS3050 are a new SATA option for primary storage applications and come with two new V-Series virtualization engines, the V3020 and V3050.

Network Appliance has released two new mid-range storage systems, which the company said would significantly increase NetApp midrange performance. The FAS3020 and FAS3050 are a new SATA option for primary storage applications and come with two new V-Series virtualization engines, the V3020 and V3050.

All the new products use NetApp's Data ONTAP 7G software, and together they help address customer worries such as high storage acquisition costs, low storage resource utilisation, and increasing storage management costs, NetApp said.

“We designed our new FAS systems, virtualisation engines, and SATA disk option to provide the best value of any midrange storage system in the industry,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance. “Our customers tell us that data storage consumes 30% to 50% of their IT infrastructure budgets, and that data growth presents a huge management challenge. We listened and designed the modular and scalable FAS3000 series and the V3000 systems to reduce overall complexity, increase performance, and simplify data management. Additionally, we are achieving an industry milestone by enabling economical, high-density SATA disk drives for primary storage applications—without sacrificing data integrity and safety.”

The new FAS3000 series doubles the price/performance ratio and supports more users per system than the company's previous systems, the company said. It scales to 84TB of capacity. Redefining the price performance is especially important, according to Suresh Vasudevan, senior vice president of products at Network Appliance. "If all we did was just double performance, we would just be keeping up on the treadmill with performance improvements, but this doubles price performance compared with recently introduced products from EMC and HP, not just our own products," Vasudevan said.

As part of the unified NetApp architecture, these mid-range systems support file services, FC SAN, IP SAN, and multiple network configurations, while offering scalability to higher performance systems with seamless, painless upgrades without requiring "forklift" data migration, NetApp said. With storage capacity up to 84TB and 336 disks, the FAS3000 series brings high-end capabilities with a midrange price tag.

Network Appliance officials said the new SATA storage option cuts the storage cost per megabyte significantly. "We also offer some safeguards for the SATA drives using RAID-DP technology," said Vasudevan. "This offers better data protection than traditional RAID-1 or disk mirroring."

The V3020 and V3050 systems increase the virtualisation within NetApp's software to include third-party storage products from HP, Hitachi, IBM, and Sun.

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