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  • Backup and Recovery
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  • SAP and SAP HANA
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Virtualization

Your enterprise relies on core applications that are critical to business success. To achieve business goals, you need consistent application performance and continuous availability. To deliver value and reduce complexity, you must have proven storage systems that work with your application software. Because your operations depend on these applications, they must have greater than 99.999% availability. To reach this goal you need proven storage purpose-built for hybrid storage environments.

Your enterprise must have storage that can meet your performance and capacity demands without sacrificing simplicity and efficiency. That is why the E5600 was designed with NetApp SANtricity OS adaptive caching algorithms, which address a large range of application workloads. Those workloads range from high-IOPS or bandwidth-intensive streaming applications to a mixture of workloads delivering highperformance storage consolidation.

With fully redundant I/O paths, advanced data protection features, and extensive diagnostic capabilities, the E5600 storage systems enable you to achieve greater than 99.999% availability and provide data integrity and security.

Nearing one million systems shipped, E-Series technology is found in enterprise SAN application environments that support retail points of sale, web servers, billing systems, databases, and data warehouses. E-Series systems also are found in collaboration environments, media applications, sporting events, surveillance, research, backup, and simulations of all kinds. These systems range from small systems in which E-Series is the only storage in a mixed-workload environment to the world's largest storage systems in database, data warehouse, parallel file systems, and everything in between. It is almost impossible to get through your day without touching E-Series technology.

Optimize your enterprise applications. The E5600 storage system delivers flagship storage performance.

Meet your demanding performance and capacity requirements without sacrificing simplicity and efficiency. The NetApp E5600 hybrid storage system supports high-performance mixed workloads, databases, file systems, data analytics and bandwidth-intensive streaming applications, backup, and archive-all with equal ease.

Achieve the highest levels of availability, integrity, and security; the E5600 system delivers fully redundant I/O paths, advanced protection features, and extensive diagnostic capabilities.

Combine these E5600 high-availability features with SANtricity® patent-pending Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) and thin-provisioning technology, and the result is a simple-to-deploy, simple-to-manage data storage solution.

E5600 highlights include:

  • Balanced performance designed to support any workload
  • SANtricity Remote Mirroring for proven data replication and disaster recovery
  • Modular flexibility through multiple form factors and drive technology options
  • Flexible host and network interface options
  • Maximum storage density
  • Full-disk encryption*
  • Intuitive management using NetApp SANtricity Storage Management software

Key Benefits

  • Performance Efficiency
    Accelerate performance, boost IOPS, and increase density with a hybrid system perfectly suited for modern enterprise applications.
  • Modular Flexibility
    Customize configurations to optimize performance and capacity requirements with three distinct disk system shelves, multiple drive types, and a complete selection of SAN network interfaces.
  • SANtricity Features
    Use innovative Dynamic Disk Pools (DDPs) to simplify storage and data management, protection, and utilization and to eliminate the complexity of configuring RAID groups and hot spares.


Dynamic Disk Pools

A key feature of DDPs is the ability to dynamically rebalance data across all the drives in the pool when drives are added or removed. Unlike the rigid configuration of a traditional RAID volume group, which has a fixed number of drives, DDPs can flexibly accommodate anywhere from 11 to 384 drives, the maximum supported by the E5600 system. DDPs dynamically rebalance across the remaining (or additional) drives more quickly than traditional RAID. Doing so reduces exposure windows from days to minutes.

Dynamic Disk Pools eliminate the complexities of RAID management. With DDPs, there are no idle spares to manage and you do not need to reconfigure RAID when expanding. DDPs also significantly reduce the impact on performance following failure of one or more drives when compared to traditional RAID.

Thin Provisioning: Improve Storage Efficiency by Up to 33%

Thin provisioning eliminates overprovisioning of storage by automatically allocating storage internally. This feature provisions only what is used while reporting full allocations to hosts. This benefit enables you to significantly lower near-term storage costs and defer storage purchases. SANtricity also enables you to lower the total cost of ownership by reducing initial acquisition capacity and improving utilization.

With thin provisioning you can:

  • Eliminate having to guess how much storage an application needs.
  • Put an end to purchasing storage based on inflated usage estimates.
  • Eliminate error-prone, emergency out-of-space activities.
  • Improve storage utilization rates by up to 33%.
  • Easily create volumes with one-time single-click management.
  • Automatically grow to take care of usage expansion up to the maximum allocated capacity.

Balanced Performance

The E5600 storage system continues the NetApp E-Series' longstanding heritage of balanced performance designed to support any workload. High-performance file systems and data-intensive bandwidth applications benefit from the E5600's capability to sustain high read and write throughput. Databasedriven transactional applications benefit from the system's high IOPS and low latency. Regardless of the application workload, the E5600 is designed to support maximum performance efficiency.

SANtricity Synchronous and Asynchronous Mirroring: Proven Data Replication and Disaster Recovery Protection

With NetApp SANtricity remote mirroring, customers now have a proven and an efficient disaster recovery method for maintaining access to business-critical data in site outages. Available for both FC and IP networks, SANtricity remote mirroring provides highly available data storage across a campus, across the state, or around the world. This mirroring simplifies managing data replication to meet the application service levels of both virtual and traditional environments.

Modular Flexibility

The E5600 offers multiple form factors and drive technology options to best meet your requirements. The ultradense 60-drive system shelf supports up to 480TB in just 4U and is perfect for environments with vast amounts of data and limited floor space. Its 24-system shelf combines low power consumption and exceptional performance density with its cost-effective 2.5” drives. The 12-drive shelf is a great fit for cost-conscious organizations that need to deploy both performance and capacity. All three shelves support E5600 controllers or they can be used for expansion, enabling optimized configurations that best meet performance, capacity, and cost requirements.

Flexible Interface Options

The E5600 supports a complete set of host or network interfaces designed for either direct server attach or network environments. With multiple ports per interface, the rich connectivity provides ample options and bandwidth for high throughput. The interfaces include quad-lane SAS, iSCSI, FC, and InfiniBand to connect with and protect investments in storage networking. The InfiniBand host interface supports either SRP or iSER protocols for low-latency connectivity. The E5600 also supports dual FC ports and dual iSCSI ports in a single host interface card for multiprotocol connectivity and mirroring.

Maximum Storage Density

Today’s storage must keep up with continuous growth and meet the most demanding capacity requirements. The E5600 is purpose-built for capacity-intensive environments that require optimal space utilization and reduced power and cooling requirements. The system’s ultradense 60-drive 4U disk shelf provides industry-leading performance and space efficiency that reduce rack space by up to 60%. Its high-efficiency power supplies and intelligent design can lower power use by up to 40% and cooling requirements by up to 39%.

High Reliability: No Scheduled Downtime

The E5600 storage system delivers high-speed, continuous data access. With over 20 years of storage development behind it, the E5600 is based on a field-proven architecture that provides high reliability and greater than 99.999% availability with appropriate configurations and service plans. As part of the E-Series family, the E5600 is covered by the NetApp AutoSupport system for proactive maintenance.

The E5600 simplifies management, maintains organizational productivity, and keeps data accessible through redundant components, automated path failover, online administration (including online SANtricity OS and drive firmware updates), active drive recovery mechanisms, and user-directed drive data evacuation. The system's advanced protection features and extensive diagnostic capabilities deliver high levels of data integrity, including Data Assurance (T10 PI), to protect against silent data corruption.

Intuitive Management

NetApp SANtricity Storage Manager software offers extensive configuration flexibility, which allows optimal performance tuning and complete control over data placement. With its dynamic capabilities, SANtricity software supports on-the-fly expansion, reconfigurations, and maintenance without interrupting storage system I/O.

Application Integration

NetApp E-Series products are ideal for today's standard application environments, such as VMware and Microsoft Exchange, and databases, such as Oracle databases and Microsoft SQL Server. It is also ideal for the growing open-source big data applications such as NoSQL databases, including Couchbase, Mongo DB, Hadoop, and Splunk, and softwaredefined data center initiatives such as OpenStack and Ceph. The system integrates with any environment with its configurable options. The E-Series also meets the reliability and sustained performance demands of transactional applications in which sustaining performance is critical.

The NetApp SANtricity Plug-Ins for Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, Splunk, and Nagios environments provide a consolidated view of the NetApp E-Series systems. This view enables users to monitor and manage their NetApp E-Series storage from the application. Having such integration reduces the total cost of ownership by eliminating the need to manually compile critical information from several different tools. This benefit streamlines the correlation of configuration and performance problems across the entire set of IT components.

Disk Encryption (Licensed)

SANtricity Full Disk Encryption* (FDE) combines local key management with drive-level encryption for comprehensive security for data at rest that doesn't sacrifice performance or ease of use. Because all drives eventually leave the data center through redeployment, retirement, or service, you can rest assured that your sensitive data is not leaving with them. SANtricity also supports FIPS-certified hard drives for securitysensitive customers.

SSD Cache

The SSD Cache feature provides intelligent caching capability for active high-reuse data and caches that data on higherperformance, lower-latency SSDs. This caching approach works automatically in real time. Users do not need to set up complicated policies to define the trigger for data movement between tiers-you can simply set it and forget it. SSD Cache accelerates data access through the caching use of SSDs in the drive shelves and is expandable up to 5TB per storage system.

ENERGY STAR Certification

All E-Series systems utilize “85% PLUS” power supplies, exceeding the EPA ENERGY STAR requirements of 80% efficiency.

The modular E-Series can be configured in tens of thousands of different energy-efficient configurations. The following configurations are EPA ENERGY STAR certified:

  • E5612 up to 24 drives
  • E5624 up to 48 drives
  • E5660 up to 120 drives

* Hardware and software for at-rest data encryption is not available in certain countries including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other Eurasian Customs Union countries.


All data in this table applies to dual-controller configurations

  E5660 E5624 E5612
E5660 E5624 E5612
Maximum Raw Capacity 480TB (using 8TB drives)
3.1PB with expansion shelves (using 8TB drives)
68.4TB (using 1.8TB and 3.2TB drives)
2.9PB with expansion shelves (using 1.8TB, 3.2TB and 8TB drives)
96TB (using 8TB drives)
3.1PB with expansion shelves (using 8TB drives)
Maximum Disk Drives 360 with 60-drive shelves
384 with mixed shelves
120 SSDs
(25 SSDs per 60-drive shelf)
384 drives
120 SSDs
192 with 12-drive shelves
384 with mixed shelves
Form Factor 4U/60 drives (2.5"/3.5") 2U/24 drives (2.5") 2U/12 drives (3.5")
Drives Supported
  • 2/3/4/6TB NL-SAS 7.2k FDE/non-FDE
  • 8TB NL-SAS 7.2k non-FDE
  • 6TB NL-SAS 7.2k FIPS
  • 600/900GB, 1.2/1.8TB SAS 10k FDE/non-FDE
  • 1.8 TB SAS 10k FIPS
  • 400/800GB, 1.6/3.21 TB SSD non-FDE
  • 1.6TB1 SSD FIPS
  • 800GB SSD FDE
  • 600/900GB, 1.2/1.8TB 10k SAS FDE/non-FDE
  • 400/800GB, 1.6TB/3.21 TB SSD non-FDE
  • 1.8TB SAS 10k FIPS
  • 1.6TB1 SSD FIPS
  • 800GB SSD FDE
  • 2/3/4/6TB NL-SAS 7.2k FDE/non-FDE
  • 8TB NL-SAS 7.2k non-FDE
  • 6TB NL-SAS 7.2k FIPS
DC Power Not available Available option Available option
System Memory 24GB or 96GB2
Host I/O Ports 8 port 12Gb SAS
8 port 10Gb iSCSI-optical3
8 port 16Gb FC3
4 port 56Gb InfiniBand
Expansion Disk Shelves DE6600 (4U/60 drives) DE5600 (2U/24 drives) DE1600 (2U/12 drives)
Operating System & System Management SANtricity OS 8.25
SANtricity Storage Manager 11.25
High Availability Features Dual active controller with automated I/O path failover
Dynamic Disk Pools and traditional RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, and 10
Redundant, hot-swappable storage controllers, disk drives, power supplies, and fans
Automatic DDP or RAID rebuild following a drive failure
Mirrored data cache with battery backup and de-stage to flash
SANtricity proactive drive health monitoring identifies problem drives before they create issues
Greater than 99.999% availability (with appropriate configuration and service plans)
Host Operating Systems Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Apple Mac OS, Oracle Solaris, HP HP-UX, CentOS Linux, Oracle Enterprise Linux, IBM AIX, VMware vSphere
Included Software Features SANtricity Mirroring
SANtricity Volume Copy
SANtricity Snapshot
SANtricity SSD Cache
SANtricity Thin Provisioning
Dynamic Disk Pools
Optional Software Features SANtricity Drive Encryption
System Capabilities Data Assurance (T10-PI standard)
Dynamic volume expansion
Dynamic capacity expansion
Dynamic RAID-level migration
Dynamic segment size migration
System Event Monitor
Proactive drive heath monitoring
AutoSupport automatic support system
Online SANtricity OS upgrades & drive firmware upgrades
VMware vSphere Storage APIs - Array Integration (VAAI)
Microsoft Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX)
Application Plug-ins4 Oracle: SANtricity Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager
Microsoft: SANtricity Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) & SANtricity Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
VMware: SANtricity Plug-in for VMware vCenter®; E-Series VASA Provider, Storage Replication Adapter for E-Series
Splunk: SANtricity Performance App for Splunk® Enterprise
Nagios: SANtricity Plug-in for Nagios
Chef: SANtricity Module for Chef
Puppet: SANtricity Module for Puppet
Open Management OpenStack Swift on E-Series Storage
NetApp Cinder Driver
SANtricity Web Services Proxy (REST and SYMbol Web)
SANtricity SMI-S Provider
SANtricity PowerShell Toolkit
System Maximums Host/partitions: 512
Volumes: 2,048
Snapshot copies: 2,048
Mirrors: 128
E5660 E5624 E5612
System Environmental Specifications
Energy Star
  • All ENERGY STAR certified systems are dual power/cooling/controllers, FDE or non-FDE drives of any capacity, with any host interface option
  • NetApp E-Series E5612 up to 24 HDD drives w/DE1600 shelf
  • NetApp E-Series E5624 up to 48 HDD drives w/DE5600 shelf
  • NetApp E-Series E5660 up to 120 HDD drives w/DE6600 shelf
Height 7.0" (17.78 cm) 3.47" (8.81 cm) 3.4" (8.64 cm)
Width 19" (48.26 cm) 19" (48.26 cm) 19" (48.26 cm)
Depth (without cable management brackets) 32.5" (82.55 cm) 19.6" (49.78 cm) 21.75" (55.25 cm)
Weight (max) E5660 System Shelf: 240.7 lb. (109.2 kg)
DE6600 Disk Shelf: 235.6 lb. (106.6 kg)
E5624 System Shelf: 63.2 lb. (28.7 kg)
DE5600 Disk Shelf: 57.5 lb. (26.8 kg)
E5612 System Shelf: 65.3 lb. (29.6 kg)
DE6100 Disk Shelf: 59.6 lb. (27.4 kg)
Compliance RoHS-compliant (PDF)
Safety/emissions/immunity Safety: EN60950, CB IEC60950, UL/CSA 60950, BIS, BSMI, EAEU (EAC), SONCAP, UKRSepro, UNBS, KEBS6, KSA6, NRCS6, S-Mark6

Emissions/Immunity: FCC Part 15 Class A, CE (which includes EN55022, EN55024 EN61000-3-2 and EN61000-3-3), AS/NZS CISPR 22, BSMI, KC7 8, VCCI, SABS6, ICES-003

  E5660 E5624 E5612
Power E5660 System Shelf5 E5624 System Shelf5 E5612 System Shelf5
Typical Maximum Typical Maximum Typical Maximum
KVA 1.115 1.325 0.550 0.700 0.475 0.625
Watts 1104 1312 544 693 470 619
BTU 3767 4475 1857 2364 1605 2111
Power DE6600 Disk Shelf DE5600 Disk Shelf DE1600 Disk Shelf
Typical Maximum Typical Maximum Typical Maximum
KVA 0.801 1.011 0.250 0.400 0.175 0.325
Watts 793 1001 248 396 174 322
BTU 2707 3415 845 1352 593 1099

1 Expected availability in mid-2016
2 FC or iSCSI systems only
3 Can support 4 ports of iSCSI and 4 ports of FC through software feature key upgrade
4 No-charge download from
5 E5660, E5624 and E5612 power specs are based on storage array with 24GB system memory.
6 E5612, E5624, DE1600 and DE5600 configurations are not certified
7 12G SAS and 56G IB HIC E5612 and E5624 configurations are not certified
8 DE5600 configuration is not certified


Use the intuitive SANtricity Storage Manager interface to administer E5600 data storage systems running SANtricity OS.

NetApp SANtricity Storage Manager software lets you achieve maximum performance and utilization of your E-Series SAN storage systems running the SANtricity Operating System.

SANtricity Storage Manager:

  • Offers extensive configuration flexibility and custom performance tuning
  • Features online administration
  • Simplifies storage management through an easy-to-use intuitive interface with wizards

The SANtricity OS:

  • Delivers best-in-class reliability with automated features, online configuration options, state-of-the-art RAID, proactive monitoring, and AutoSupport™ capabilities
  • Features extended data protection via Dynamic Disk Pools, Snapshot™, mirroring, data-at-rest encryption*, and Data Assurance (T10-PI standard) to ensure data integrity and extensive diagnostic capabilities

The following table describes the standard SANtricity software features that are available with every E-Series system.

Feature Function Customer Benefit
SANtricity Storage Manager
Storage administration Manage the SANtricity OS and E-Series storage systems and EF-Series flash arrays. Intuitive GUI and task wizards automate functionality, making it easy to set up and operate the E-Series and EF-Series systems. It also provides access to the detailed configuration for experts wishing to optimize manually.
Enterprise Management Window See a combined overview of all E-Series and EF-Series systems, with consolidated host-level administration and alerts, plus access to individual storage system management. Easy-to-use consolidated view of all storage systems, with consolidated reporting and host management, speeds common high-level storage maintenance tasks. Respond quickly and easily to systems needing attention.
Array Management Window Manage individual storage systems, diagnose issues, and change configurations. Configure individual volume group attributes, define hosts and access rights, monitor system health and performance, and view event and performance logs. The Array Management Window makes it quick and easy to deliver storage value to your enterprise SAN environment.
Online management Manage all operations online. You can manage your E-Series and EF-Series systems as 'no scheduled downtime' systems. Save yourself the headaches of coordinating service windows while continuing to deliver storage business value.

SANtricity Operating System

Feature Function Customer Benefit
High Availability
Dual I/O path protection Sustain availability and load balancing in the event of path failures. Gain access resiliency, increase data availability, and load balance for performance by working around path HBA and connectivity faults.
Mirroring Get synchronous and asynchronous volume mirroring, with consistency groups. Protect against site failures through remote mirroring of critical data. For RPO of zero, synchronous mirroring is available for short distances, while asynchronous mirroring is available for longer distances without slowing local processing speeds.
Data Protection
RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 Multiple RAID levels offer the flexibility to optimize for your workloads-and they can be changed on the fly. Optimize for your workload performance. With E-Series systems, you can even change the RAID group or strip size while a volume stays online.
Dynamic Disk Pools Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) enable dynamic rebalancing of drive-count changes and increased data protection. DDP significantly lowers data exposure during drive failure. It reconstructs data much faster, while protecting performance. Drive failures or additions become non-events.
Proactive Drive Health Monitoring Detect issues before a drive fails. Proactive Drive Health Monitoring examines drive health and notifies administrators much earlier that a drive is having issues-allowing time for replacement before the drive affects the system.
Background media scans Background media scans proactively check drives for media defects and initiate repairs. Improve E-Series system reliability and robustness.
Snapshot and Views Create a point-in-time image of data or a set of related data volumes. Snapshot technology and Views provide a look into the data at a specific time, forming the basis for RPO, test and development, and other modifiable datasets.
Volume Copy Create a complete physical copy (clone) of a volume in a storage system. The clone volume is a unique entity that can be assigned to any host and used by applications that require a full point-in-time copy of production data (such as backup, application testing or development, information analysis, or data mining) without affecting the performance of the production volume.
Recovery Guru It provides troubleshooting assistance and procedure guidance. Recover your system faster in the unlikely event of an issue.
SSD Cache Achieve automatic serving of high-reference data by up to 5TB of SSD via data-driven caching. Data-driven caching accelerates applications while providing low-latency SSD access for highly referenced data.

Optional Software

Affordable, easy-to-buy add-on software is available to enhance your base-system functionality.

Feature Function Customer Benefit
Full Disk Encryption AES-256 encryption and simplified key management protect data throughout the drive's lifecycle without sacrificing performance. All drives leave the datacenter. With Full Disk Encryption, your data doesn't have to leave with them-and you also can perform secure instant erase for repurposing systems. SANtricity also supports FIPS-certified hard drives for security-sensitive customers.

* Hardware and software for at-rest data encryption is not available in certain countries including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other Eurasian Customs Union countries.


E5660 System Shelf and DE6600 Disk Shelf
E5660 System Shelf and DE6600 Disk Shelf

E5624 System Shelf and DE5600 Disk Shelf
E5624 System Shelf and DE5600 Disk Shelf

E5612 System Shelf and DE1600 Disk Shelf
E5612 System Shelf and DE1600 Disk Shelf

Front and Rear Views

Rear View of the E5600SG Controller

Rear view of the E5600SG controller

  1. Management Network Port 1
  2. Port to connect to laptop during installation
  3. SAS Interconnect Channel 1
  4. SAS Interconnect Channel 2
  5. Data Network Link 1 Fault LED
  6. Data Network Link 1 Active LED
  7. Data Network Link 2 Fault LED
  8. Data Network Link 2 Active LED
  9. Needs attention LED
  10. Seven-segment code display
  11. 10-Gb Ethernet Data Network Port 1
  12. 10-Gb Ethernet Data Network Port 2


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