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NetApp unifies SAN, NAS and storage virtualisation with FAS8000 arrays

19 Feb 2014
NetApp FAS8060 storage array

NetApp has extended its enterprise storage line-up with the FAS8000 line of arrays designed for scale-out cloud deployments. These also add the ability to virtualise and manage other storage platforms as part of a unified environment.

Available immediately, the FAS8000 series is the first enterprise storage system to unify SAN, NAS and storage virtualisation into a single platform, according to the firm.

As well as offering double the performance and three times the flash acceleration capacity of existing FAS products, the FAS8000 series includes a new version 8.2.1 of NetApp's Data OnTap software platform. With this comes the V-Series open storage controllers to virtualise and manage other storage platforms, a feature now called FlexArray virtualisation.

NetApp marketing manager Laurence James said: "With this announcement, one of the big things we're doing is to simplify the range of our product portfolio. Within OnTap, we've included the capability to manage third-party arrays and other NetApp arrays, and customers can switch this capability on at any time, instead of having to buy a separate product."

As well as presenting all the storage through a single unified management platform, making it easier for customers to move towards a software-defined storage model for cloud computing environments, the FAS8000 series is the only platform able to manage both SAN and NAS storage concurrently, according to James.

"We don't believe there is another controller on the market that can support both of these concurrently," he said.

"With the new OnTap, you can cluster systems together, and present these as one single pooled storage resource. Our platform also lets you deal with issues such as lifecycle management and lets you make changes non-disruptively, without having to take down key applications such as databases," James claimed.

The FAS800 series at launch comprises three models, the FAS8020, FAS8040 and FAS8060, which can be configured with a maximum storage of 1.9PB, 2.88PB and 4.8PB respectively.

All three also have Flash Cache in the controller, and can also support server-side flash acceleration, all managed by OnTap for cache coherency, James said.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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