This blog is part of a series on Data ONTAP 8 clustering, and provides an overview of clustered or scalable SAN.
Data ONTAP 8.1 blog series:
Storage clustering has often been associated with NAS and technical applications, and several years ago this was where NetApp first focused. However, with the release of Data ONTAP 8.1 in September of 2011 block storage protocols (FC, FCoE, iSCSI) were added and now NetApp supports a unified scale-out offering, with both file and block protocol support. Enterprise and technical applications are supported with clustered Data ONTAP.
Enterprise applications like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint for example will benefit from the nondisruptive operation capabilities with a clustered SAN (scalable SAN) . Fibre Channel SANs are so prevalent with mission critical environments, moving to a clustered SAN environment for a technology refresh, new data center build out or greenfield opportunity is the right and logical move for the reasons I have blogged about before. For example, nondisruptive operations, storage efficiency, multitenancy, linear performance scaling, etc.
NetApp’s clustered or scalable SAN has unique benefits.
Capacity for scale
- 12 PB+ of capacity
- 192 I/O connections
- 48TB+ FlashCache
Performance for consolidation
- >250K IOPS (267% gain) SPC-1
- 12% reduction in dollar / IOP
- NetApp SPC-1 results are among the best for enterprise disk-based systems, given the low latency delivered for the IOPS provided
Efficiency for Shared Infrastructure
- FlashPools (SSD), deduplicatoin, compression, thin Provisioning, virtual clones, snapshots
Designed for Multi-Tenancy
- Vservers for isolation
- NPIV for virtualized fabrics
- iSCSI, FC, FCoE for unified fabrics
3rd party storage support
- Support for storage from EMC, HDS, IBM and other vendors with V-Series