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NetApp Unveils E2700 Storage System

November 19th, 2013

NetApp today took the wraps off its new line of E2700 storage systems — designed for general-purpose, application-driven storage.

The three models, named the E2712, E2724, and E2760, will join the E-Series family as part of the two-and-a-half-year-old Engenio acquisition from LSI Corporation. The E2760 is a 4U, 60-drive system; the E2724 is a 2U, 24-drive system; and the E2712 is a 2U 12-drive system.

E2700 systems leverage the dual-core 1.2 GHz LSI SAS 3108 (“Invader”) RAID-on-Chip (ROC) processor, which includes native 12Gb SAS ports. It also supports additional connectivity: dual- or quad-port 12Gb SAS, dual- or quad-port 16Gb FC, or dual-port 10Gb iSCSI through host interface cards (or “HICs”).

Each system can be configured with single or dual controllers, supporting a wide range of drive types and the ability to intermix multiple drive technologies (including SSDs, SAS, and NL-SAS).

Most E2700 configurations support up to 192 hard disk drives, although some exceptions do exist: using only 60-drive shelves will limit the E2760 to a maximum of 180 disks drives and the E2712 cannot be configured with SSDs.

As with the other E-Series products, the E2700 provides data cache memory — which is mirrored, battery-backed, and de-staged to flash if the controllers lose power. Other high-availability features include Dynamic Disk Pools (DDPs); traditional RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, and 10; Proactive Drive Health Monitoring (to identify problem drives before they create issues); and redundant/hot-swappable storage controllers, disk drives, power supplies, and cooling fans.

The E2700 storage systems include SANtricity 11.10 and will be available to be quoted/ordered beginning December 16, 2013.

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