"The E-series gives us the ability to leverage off the experience of over 500,000 system deployments. So the architecture is extremely resilient, has a lot of redundancy, a lot of availability," he continued. "We know that it just works."
NetApp would not release capacity points or pricing on the new EF540.
Next year, NetApp plans to release an purpose-built all-flash array known as the FlashRay, which will have its own unique architecture. NetApp has yet to decide on the operating system for the FlashRay, but it said it would be interoperable with its most popular OnTap OS, and offer features such as high availability, data snapshotting, replication and backup, multi-protocol access and object granular data management. Additionally, the arrays will offer in-line data deduplication.
From a hardware perspective, the FlashRay will be based on a clustered architecture, meaning it will be able to have tremendous scalability.
While the EF540 and the FlashRay are based on two different hardware and software architectures, NetApp believes they will be complementary to each other in a corporate environment. The company also has interoperability plans fo the two arrays as part of its long-term development roadmap.
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