NetApp commissioned Demartek to evaluate the performance of its EF540 flash array and the E-Series SANtricity SSD Cache technology. The NetApp EF540 flash array running the SANtricity operating system is designed for performance-driven applications with sub millisecond latency requirements. The NetApp E5400 also running the SANtricity operating system is a performance-efficient midrange storage array for a variety of application-driven environments.
The EF540 system testing was performed with 24 800GB SSDs. The E-Series SSD Cache testing was done on an E5460 system with 20 NL-SAS drives and a single 800GB SSD.
Demartek’s findings concluded that the NetApp EF540 all-flash enterprise storage system provides a compact solution to meet demanding requirements.
The NetApp E5460 with SANtricity SSD cache provides strong read performance acceleration while leveraging lower-cost HDDs for capacity.
In summary, Demartek concluded that the NetApp EF-Series and E-Series are well suited to meet many workload environment requirements. EF540 provides outstanding results for performance-driven applications demanding high IOPS and low latency and the E-Series SANtricity SSD Cache feature is ideal to increase application performance for read-intensive applications.