The NetApp E5700 Storage System comes from the Engenio group at NetApp and consist of a dual controller system with multiple models and up to 480 drives with performance and features to meet the block storage requirements for open systems. The E5700 is a logical update of the E5600 and earlier E-Series models with the latest in host interfaces. The E5700 is an OEM product for NetApp and offered as part of integrated solutions. The systems 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 E5700 supports Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI, and InfiniBand connectivity. Introduced with the E5700 is support for NVMe protocol over 100 Gb/s InfiniBand or Ethernet interface.
Models of the E5700 include:
The NetApp E5700 is a high performance storage systems implemented with the traditional dual controller architecture. Used in performance demanding environments with need for high availability, the E5700 provide connectivity to hosts using Fibre Channel or InfiniBand and with NVMe protocol over InfiniBand. The system is seen for many usage areas including as SAN attached and direct attached storage in high performance computing and big data analytics environments as well as in traditional SAN environments offered through a number of OEMs.
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The NetApp E5700 comes from the long line of dual controllers developed by Engenio / LSI and now NetApp with an evolution of design. The E-Series are block storage systems that have been provided to a number of other vendors for inclusion into their environments as well as an independent product.
Basic block storage with necessary advanced features for data protection such as snapshot, async and sync remote replication is offered with the E-Series, which is applicable to a very large part of the market. The E-Series does not support scale-out so the performance is fixed based on the configuration and adding capacity (scale up) will affect the access density. Other features such as tiering, data reduction, stretched clusters are not offered, which defines where the E5700 will likely be applied. File access would not be expected with this system as customers are expecting block access with high performance at a particular price point.
Evaluator Group believes that the E-series systems from NetApp have specific targeted usages and will be very effective in those environments. Other products have additional capabilities that may not be needed in the places where the E5700 is successful.