NetApp Launches New Storage Appliances

Arthur Cole

NetApp continues to make a strong play for the network storage market, with two new solutions aimed at providing near-instant storage for high-end environments.


The FAS6000 and V6000 systems are designed as standalone appliances or as components with the company's unified storage architecture, with an eye toward fostering greater application data consolidation and network scalability.


The FAS6040 and 6080 are targeted at large data and application environments, with the 6080 delivering up to 1 PB across 1,176 1TB hard disks. Both systems sport a high-bandwidth controller with up to 56 4 Gbps Fibre Channel ports or 52 1 Gb Ethernet ports.


The V6040 and V6080 come loaded with the Data OnTap management system capable of handling third-party NAS, SAN and iSCSI arrays.


The company also released a new entry-level FAS2000 device that supports internal SAS and SATA configurations.


The new devices come at a time when NetApp is enjoying a surge in storage hardware and software activity. The company's sales jumped 31.1 percent in the third quarter, pushing its worldwide market share to nearly 11 percent, a hair's breadth behind third-place IBM's 12.4 percent standing. EMC still leads the industry at 25 percent.

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