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NetApp prepares SANtricity for Splunk

NetApp today rolled out an upgraded version of its SANtricity software for its E and EF Series of high performance arrays, with the focus on making Splunk and other data analytics applications run faster.

NetApp acquired the E Series platform from LSI in 2011, and added the EF all-flash version in 2013. The latest SANtricity release is designed to accelerate performance for high IOPS and low latency applications.

“E-Series is our main product line for these third-platform applications,” said Lee Caswell, NetApp vice president of solution and services marketing. “It gives you consistently low-latency response times.”

NetApp claims the latest version of SANtricity can:

· Increase Splunk search performance by 69% versus commodity servers with internal disks
· Drive 500% better Hadoop performance during data rebuild with Dynamic Disk Pools versus commodity servers with RAID
· Reconstruct a 400GB solid-state drive in 15 minutes for NoSQL database with commodity servers and direct attached storage
· Encrypt data at rest with less than one percent performance impact vs. the 70% impact from commodity servers with internal disk drives
· Build one architecture for hot, warm, cold and frozen tiers instead of different storage architectures for each tier.

NetApp is also partnering with Arrow on pre-configured E Series bundles for enterprise Splunk.

While SANtricity isn’t for flash-only storage, the EF Series seems the better fit when talking about high IOPS, low latency workloads. This release comes in the wake of two new flash systems from competitors that also target analytics – EMC’s DSSD D5 and Pure Storage’s FlashBlade.

“Flash enables a new level of performance for enterprise storage for big data applications,” Caswell said.

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