This blog is part of a series on Data ONTAP 8 clustering, and provides more analysis of a recent SPC-1 performance benchmark.
Data ONTAP 8.1 blog series:
I posted another blog here that discussed our recent NAS and SAN cluster benchmark performance. This analysis delves into the SPC-1 results in a little more detail.
We performed an analysis of SPC-1 results to compare multiple disk-based systems—highly reliable, general-purpose systems that can provide high performance, low latency and high capacity—based on a response time threshold of approximately 3 milliseconds. This was done because, for a great majority of database workloads, very low I/O latencies are vastly preferred to higher latencies. The analysis shows that the NetApp SPC-1 results are among the best for enterprise disk-based systems, given the low latency delivered for the IOPS provided. See the figure 1 table below for details.
A similar analysis of SPECsfs results showed that unlike scale-out solutions optimized specifically for sequential throughput, a NetApp storage cluster running the NFS protocol provides a predictable latency behavior that makes it suitable for a wide range of workloads, including databases and highly virtualized environments.