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NetApp HCI – Product Brief

Last updated October 8th, 2019 for updates to the EvaluScale. Concise 5-page review of NetApp HCI. Covers highlights, use cases, potential, and strengths/weaknesses.

NetApp HCI is a turnkey, compute and storage solution based on software that runs the SolidFire scale-out all-flash arrays. Like other products in this space, the NetApp HCI pools physical storage capacity on each node, providing native iSCSI access for
hosts connected to this virtual SAN. It runs on industry-standard Intel x86 server hardware and commodity storage devices, but has a disaggregated architecture that separates storage and compute resources into separate nodes, allowing for a more granular expansion than most other HCI solutions.
SolidFire has developed and marketed a line of enterprise-grade, scale-out, all-flash appliances for several years. The operating system for these SF Series appliances, called the “Element OS”, is the foundation for NetApp HCI.
NetApp HCI clusters contain a minimum of four storage nodes and two compute nodes, but can expand up to 100 nodes in any combination. Four HCI nodes fit in a single 2U chassis (half-rack x 1U each). Storage nodes (H410S) come in a single configuration with six SSDs, in three capacity points and compute nodes (H410C) support dual CPUs with three core and memory configurations.
The H610S Storage expansion node adds 12 SSDs in three capacity points into a 1U chassis. The H615C Compute expansion node is available with three GPUs, up to 48 CPU cores and 1.5TB of memory in a 1U chassis. The H610C supports two GPUs, with additional CPU cores and memory in a 2U footprint.

NetApp HCI Product Brief Includes: 

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage and Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group Opinion

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