This week, the SPEC SFS®2014_swbuild test results for NetApp FlexGroup volumes submitted for file services were approved and published.
TL;DR – NetApp was the cream of the crop.
You can find those results here:
The testing rig was as follows:
- Four node FAS8200 cluster (not AFF)
- 72 4TB 7200 RPM 12Gb SAS drives (per HA pair)
- 20 IBM servers/clients
- 10GbE network (four connections per HA pair)
Below is a graph that consolidates the results of multiple vendor SPEC SFS®2014_swbuild results. Notice the FlexGroup did more IOPS (around 260k) at a lower latency (sub 3ms):
In addition, NetApp had the best Overall Response Time (ORT) of the competition:
And had the best MBps/throughput:
Full results here:
For more information on the SPEC SFS®2014_swbuild test, see https://www.spec.org/sfs2014/.
Everything but the kitchen sink…
With a NetApp FlexGroup, the more clients and work you throw at it, the better it will perform. An example of this is seen in TR-4571, with a 2 node A700 doing GIT workload testing. Note how increasing the jobs only encourages the FlexGroup.
If you’re interested in learning more, see the following resources:
- TR-4557: FlexGroup Technical Overview
- TR-4571: FlexGroup Best Practice Guide
- TR-4617: EDA Best Practices
- Tech ONTAP Podcast Episode 46: FlexGroup Volumes
- FlexGroup Volumes: An Evolution of NAS
- If you’ll be at NetApp Insight 2017, come find me in session 16594-2!
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.