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NetApp E5500 Storage Systems – Product Analysis

This document is retired and no longer updated. Please see NetApp E5700 for the most current product information. Last updated January 2nd, 2015 with end-of-year updates. 12 page deep dive review of the features, functionality, and performance of NetApp E5500 Storage Systems.

The NetApp E5500 Storage Systems come from the NetApp acquisition of the Engenio division of LSI.  The updated E5500 Storage Systems consist of dual controllers with up to 384 drives that have performance and features to meet the block storage requirements for open systems. The E5500 is both an OEM product for NetApp and also offered directly by NetApp.

Competitive multi-platform distributed storage hardware systems include alternatives such as EMC’s VNX series, Hitachi Data Systems’ (HDS) Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) Series, and Hewlett Packard’s (HP) 3PAR 7000 series.

NetApp Engenio has continued to provide the high performance systems in their midrange systems line with additions and upgrades to the product line.   The E5500 provides advanced features that have evolved over time to provide high-value capabilities to customers.   As a system that combines high performance with advanced features, the E-Series meets a wide-range of demands in the market.  As a high performance system, the E5400/E5500 support both Fibre Channel and InfiniBand connectivity.

NetApp E5500 Storage Systems Product Analysis covers:

  • Introduction
  • Product architecture
  • Advanced features
  • RAS features
  • Evaluator Group Commentary
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