Behind the Scenes: Episode 147 – SPC-1v3 Results – NetApp AFF A800

Welcome to the Episode 147, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we find out how the new NetApp A800 system fared in the rigorous SPC-1 v3 storage benchmarks. Can the NVMe attached SSDs truly help reduce latency while maintaining high number of IOPs? Performance TME Dan Isaacs (@danisaacs) and the workload engineering team of Scott Lane, Jim Laing and Joe Scott join us to discuss! 

Check out the published results here: 

http://spcresults.org/benchmarks/results/spc1-spc1e#A32007

And the official NetApp blog:

https://blog.netapp.com/nvme-benchmark-spc-1-testing-validates-breakthrough-performance-aff/

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The NetApp E-Series EF570 – Leaving the Competition in the Dust

A few weeks ago, we had some folks from the E-Series team on the Tech ONTAP Podcast to give us an overview. In that podcast, we refer to the E-Series as the drag racer of NetApp, for good reason – it’s fast!

We were a tad early to record, as we secretly knew the EF570 AFA was about to release some smokin’ SPC-1 and SPC-2 numbers. Well, now, they’re officially out!

Check out the press release here.

What are the SCP-1 and SPC-2?

SPC stands for the “Storage Performance Council.” These are the folks that provide standard industry benchmarks for storage, with the hopes that the thirst for competition will drive vendors to create faster storage platforms. From their site’s charter:

The SPC serves as a catalyst for performance improvement in storage products.  In support of that goal, the SPC has developed a complete portfolio of industry-standard storage benchmarks. The comprehensive SPC benchmark portfolio utilizes I/O workloads that represent the “real world” storage performance behavior of both OLTP (online transaction processing) and sequential applications.

The SPC benchmark portfolio provides a rigorous, audited and reliable means to produce comparative storage performance, price-performance and energy use data, which is used to develop and evaluate storage products, which range from individual components to complex, distributed storage configurations.

NetApp submits results for several platforms, from ONTAP to E-Series, and generally does pretty well. In this case…

NetApp reached the top 10 in performance at #7 and set a new world record for SPC-1 v3 price/performance.

Tested Storage Product: Netapp EF570 All-Flash Array
SPC-1 IOPS: 500,022
SPC-1 Price-Performance™: $0.13/SPC-1 IOPS™ 
Total ASU Capacity 9,006 GB 
Data Protection Level Protected 2 (Mirrored and full redundancy) 
Total Price $64,212.58

The full EF570 results can be found here:

SPC-1 results:

http://www.storageperformance.org/results/results_spc1_v3/spc1_v3_active#A31009

SPC-2 results:

http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc2_active/#B12003

Check out the official NetApp blog here:

https://blog.netapp.com/new-netapp-all-flash-and-hybrid-flash-systems-software-splunk-solutions/

Behind the Scenes: Episode 71 – SPC-1 benchmark and the A700s

Welcome to the Episode 71, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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We decided to do a mid-week release of the podcast to talk about the brand new AFF platform, as well as the insanely high results from the SPC-1 benchmark test! We bring in the performance team, featuring Chad Morgenstern and Jim Laing, to talk numbers. Then, we invite Mr. Flash, Andy Grimes (@andy_ntap_flash),  to give us the lowdown on the new compact beast, the A700s.

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

You can listen here: