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Netapp launches engineering and high-performance computing solutions

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NetApp  has announced new solutions to help customers transform their engineering data centres and high-performance computing environments.

Peter O'Connor, Area Vice President at NetApp Australia and New Zealand said, "In today's competitive market environment and economic uncertainty, customers are looking for innovative solutions and support that will further drive cost and complexity out of their data centres."

"We are helping customers transform their data centres to achieve a greater competitive business advantage and solve real-world problems of time to market and engineering staff productivity. We are committed to driving innovation in the engineering and high-performance computing data centre that will deliver greater performance and scalability and strengthen our promise of being a trusted partner-something our customers and channel and technology partners expect from NetApp."

To help customers get more performance and scalability out of their storage, NetApp has introduced the following new products:

FAS3100 and V3100 storage system series: NetApp's new FAS3140 and FAS3170 storage systems enable customers to meet their diverse storage needs and achieve high levels of availability for their critical business operations and technical applications.

The NetApp FAS3100 series provides improved performance and scalability over other midrange storage systems.

While competitive offerings provide disparate products that create additional integration and collaboration issues, NetApp helps customers maximise their engineering staff productivity with a single unified architecture approach and a common suite of application-aware software and management tools that are inherent in the Data ONTAP operating system, including powerful features such as thin provisioning, deduplication, Snapshot, RAID-DP, and FlexVol.

NetApp's new V3140 and V3170 extend virtualisation to other vendors' legacy arrays and leverage the same Data ONTAP operating system that is the foundation of all virtualisation functions and integration in NetApp FAS systems. This gives customers the same architecture, software, and management tools for a true, powerful differentiator in multi-vendor environments.

Storage acceleration appliance: The storage acceleration

Appliance-which includes three models, the SA200, SA300, and SA600-is based on NetApp FlexCache technology. It represents a caching appliance from a major storage systems vendor. It can be used to accelerate performance at the data centre where the central data repository is located or to improve response time and enhance collaboration within remote offices.

Now customers can leverage FlexCache with both Data ONTAP 7G and Data ONTAP GX to achieve better performance and protect their existing investments without rearchitecting their technical computing environments.

Performance Acceleration Module: This add-on intelligent read cache provides a new way to optimise performance of mainstream storage platforms. Now customers have a cost-effective means for improving performance for workloads that are random-read intensive such as file serving.

One or more modules fit into PCI Express slots of an existing storage controller, where they function as a read cache to increase throughput and reduce latency. This gives customers a cost-effective, innovative way to scale their storage systems without having to add additional disk drives to increase I/O rates. Additionally, the module consumes 95% less power than a shelf of Fibre Channel disk drives.

NetApp delivers good performance in the engineering data centre

Representing file services-based workloads, which are prevalent in engineering data centres and technical computing, NetApp posted a SPEC_SFS97 score of 137,306 IOPS with 0.94ms overall response time (ORT) with the FAS3170.

Carrying on the strong performance that NetApp published earlier this year in transaction-based (OLTP) workloads, NetApp posted a new SPC Benchmark 1 (SPC1) score of 60,515.34 SPC-1 IOPS with the FAS3170. These results show that NetApp FAS platforms continue to provide data at rates needed to keep the most demanding applications running smoothly.

Enhanced support capabilities for the engineering data centre:

In addition to today's solutions and product news, NetApp introduced enhanced support capabilities to help customers realise the NetApp advantage in their engineering data centres. NetApp Remote Support Agent is an intelligent remote diagnostics data collector that is embedded in the NetApp system.

Simple to use and install, the Remote Support Agent will proactively open support tickets and allow NetApp support engineers to remotely access system log files to quickly diagnose and resolve issues.

In addition, NetApp Professional Services enable customers to realise the full advantage of NetApp products for the engineering data centre with assessment, implementation, and management services that accelerate customers' data centre transformation.

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