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NetApp's new entry-level array offers up to 432TB of capacity

The FAS2240 can use solid-state drives

NetApp today announced an addition to its Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) 2000 family of arrays, an entry-level model with up to 432TB of capacity with a starting retail price of $7,500 for 6TBs.

Previously, NetApp's mid-entry level product, the FAS2040, came with up to 136TB of capacity a starting price of around $8,000.

The new FAS2240 comes in two rack-mountable versions, a 2U (3.5-in high, FAS2240-2) or a 4U (7-in high, FAS2240-4) model. NetApp added 50% more memory in this array compared to its predecessor for a total of 12GB of NVRAM. The array can now also use 2.5-in solid-state drives (SSDs), along with traditional SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel drives.

"SSDs are not as big a market driver as many people would like to believe, but it is an option people have been asking for," said Chris Cummings, NetApp's vice president of product and solutions marketing. "We've taken functions that used to be at the upper end of our family and repackaged and re-priced them for our entry-level category."

The FAS2240 array now also includes 10Gbit Ethernet connectivity. Previous versions of the FAS2000 series arrays required an expansion card to host the higher-bandwidth port.

Cummings said the FAS2240 array line is targeted at the small- to medium-sized business market, with workforces of 100 to 200 people.

The FAS2000 series runs the latest version of NetApp's Data ONTAP operating system to provide customers with a unified, scalable platform that supports multiple workloads at the same time. Data ONTAP v8.1 is the same OS now used for all of NetApp's FAS/V-Series storage arrays, giving users the same view for file or block data.

The FAS2000 lineup uses Web-based tools that work with either Windows or Linux servers, and the arrays can manage storage for VMware.

NetApp's SMB offerings now include the FAS3210, FAS2240 and the FAS2040, serving companies with between 100 and 10,000 employees.

Along that same SMB theme, the FAS2040 also uses the most recent version of OnCommand System Manager 2.0. It offers a redesigned browser-based GUI with easy-to-use Wizards for common tasks such as volume configuration and management.

The array is mainly aimed at serving Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server environments.

"SharePoint is part of the equation for this product, but that's not in every business we target," Commings said.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com .

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