The midsize market is often defined as 100-1000 users and typically has a small IT staff headed by an IT generalist. From a storage perspective, midsize businesses are starting to look more and more like enterprises. Their data sets continue to grow and they need the features that enterprises require yet they need the price point to meet their smaller budgets and the ease of management to allow storage to be managed by their smaller IT staff that is required to know about all aspects of the IT infrastructure.
With the introduction of the FAS2220, NetApp is bringing its enterprise-class unified storage technology down to the entry level according to Ernie China, Marketing Manager, Solution Marketing Team at NetApp. Broadleaf engineers see the FAS2220 as a great addition to the NetApp line for the SMB. It has a new controller giving 3 to 7 times faster performance than the FAS 2020 which NetApp introduced five years ago. It is important to note that the FAS2220 runs the same Data ONTAP operating system and management console as the entire NetApp line. The FAS2220 is fully cluster ready and comes with automated storage tiering. Further, the FAS2220 includes NetApp Flash Pools technology which integrates SSDs with the spinning hard drives to improve performance. The FAS2220 is a must for the IT decision maker’s short list in the SMB space.