NetApp Debuts New Mid-Tier Storage Arrays
Update of FAS3200 platform offers more computing power and capacity to small and medium-size companies.
NetApp announced Monday that it has upgraded its FAS3200 storage platform. Built for NAS and SAN environments, the FAS3200 series can be customized for virtualized, private cloud, or traditional on-premise purposes, and is suitable for storage needs ranging from a few terabytes to over 2 petabytes. The storage arrays can be clustered to provide always-on, non-disruptive operation. They employ a flash architecture that the company says facilitates flexible and efficient use of data.
The new products target SMBs and arrive only a few weeks after the company focused on medium-size entities with the ExpressPod, a scaled down version of its FlexPod, co-developed with Cisco, that aims to make enterprise-class capabilities more accessible to smaller organizations.
The FAS3220 offers eight processor cores, double the number of its predecessor, the FAS3210. The company claims the extra computing muscle will boost performance by up to 80% over existing mid-range systems. The new product also betters the FAS3210's system memory by 140%, with as much as 24 GB available. Drive slots have received attention as well; the number has doubled from 240 to 480, meaning that 3-TB configurations can support up to 1.4 PB of storage in a single rack. The number of PICe expansion slots, meanwhile, has been increased from four to 12....