I thought The Reg was British.
Ah, wait, I'll get back to you.
NetApp says the latest version of its E-Series all-flash and disk arrays, along with its SANTricity operating software, makes data analytics apps such as Splunk run faster. Hadoop and NoSQL database apps are accelerated, quite dramatically under certain circumstances, in the new release as well. The E-Series disk drive and EF …
If you want only performance and don't care about data management happening at the array level, then EF can't be beat (without spending 10x as much $)
And regarding the AutoSupport mention in the article, it has always down that, NetApp just wasn't talking about it much.