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NetApp on Monday expanded its midrange storage line with the addition of two new storage arrays that give the company's solution providers the ability to address a wider range of midsize and enterprise business customers.
NetApp's new FAS3220 and FAS3250 meet customers' growing need for the ability to scale capacity up and down and the growing storage requirements for running mission- and business-critical applications, said Julie Parrish, senior vice president of worldwide sales at NetApp.
"Yes, everybody talks about those needs," Parrish said. "It's like motherhood and apple pie. But, these are really difficult to do."
In the midrange, NetApp is addressing it with the introduction of the FAS3220 and FAS3250, which Mark Welke, NetApp's senior director of product marketing, said targets both virtualized and traditional applications in the enterprise and midsize business markets.
The FAS3220 offers up to an 80-percent performance improvement over NetApp's older FAS3210. This performance boost comes from having 24 GB of system memory per high availability pair, up from 10 GB in the FAS3210. The FAS3220 also has eight processor cores, up from four, and up to 480 drives, or twice the capacity of the FAS3210, Welke said.
The FAS3250 has 40 GB of system memory and 16 processor cores per high availability pair compared to 16 GB of memory and eight processor cores with the FAS3240, Welke said. Capacity was also increased 20 percent over the older model to up to 720 drives.
Both models are flash memory optimized, with up to 1 TB of NetApp Flash Cache memory in the FAS3220 and up to 2 TB in the FAS3250, Welke said.
Both the FAS3210 and FAS3240 will go end-of-life over time, he said.
The two arrays will also replace the FAS3210 and FAS3240 in the FlexPod converged reference architecture jointly developed by NetApp and Cisco.
John Woodall, vice president of engineering at Integrated Archive Systems, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based solution provider and longtime NetApp partner, said the new FAS3220 and FAS3250 storage arrays are a significant expansion of NetApp's midrange storage line.
"The majority of our sales are 3200-series arrays," Woodall said. "This makes it easier for us to work with a wider range of our midrange customers as opposed to moving them to higher-end storage arrays as their requirements grow."