NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP), a leading provider of data storage solutions, has always had a strong presence among the mid size business clients and today the company announced new entry level products and solutions for them. 
New Products to Support Flash
NetApp’s new addition to its Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) 2000 family of arrays is an entry-level model with up to 432TB of capacity with a starting retail price of $7,500 for 6TBs. This bests NetApp’s earlier mid-entry level product, the FAS2040, which came with up to 136TB of capacity and a starting price of around $8,000.
The new array can now also use 2.5-in solid-state drives (SSDs) along with traditional SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel drives. As demand for SSD arrays picks up it was only a matter of time before NetApp came up with it own offering. Industry leader and arch rival EMC also released its all flash array recently. (See EMC Releases All-Flash Version of its Unified Storage Offering)
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NetApp Partners with Cloudera Offering Big Data Analytics to Enterprise Customers
In a separate press release yesterday, NetApp teamed up with Cloudera to sell preconfigured clusters of the latter’s distribution of big data analytics platform Apache Hadoop (CDH). Apache Hadoop is a software framework that allows applications to process and analyze large, complex datasets in distributed computing environments and provides businesses access and analytics to mine value from their data and to extract profit from their big-data assets. ((http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/news-rel-20111107-826488.htmlNotes:
- http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/news-rel-20111108-131064.html, NetApp) NetApp also announced a new partnership with Cloudera to help enterprises tap the wealth of information in their unstructured databases. NetApp’s new partnership comes clearly as a response to the one struck in May between rival EMC (NYSE:EMC) and MapR Technologies as the race to capture the big data market is on. ((EMC’s Hadoop Move Points To Analysis Arms Race, informationwee.com [↩]