EF560 All-Flash Array is No. 1 in SPC-2 Price/Performance & Lowest Response Time Leader

By Mike McNamara, Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, NetApp


The NetApp EF560 all-flash array has demonstrated improvements in storage performance to offer the absolute and consistent latency, IOPs, and bandwidth for enterprise database and third-platform analytics applications. Based on new Storage Performance Council SPC-2 and SPC-1 results, the all-flash EF560 achieved the No. 1 ranking for SPC-2 bandwidth performance, and the No. 6 ranking for SPC-1 Price-Performance for all-flash arrays.


SPC-2 Results

The SPC-2 MBPS metric represents the average data rate in megabytes per second across the following workloads: large file processing (LFP), larges database queries (LDQ), and video on demand (VOD). The overall $/MB/S score of $8.12/MB/S is No. 1. The specific component/workload scores of LFP $9.20, LDQ $7.08, and VOD $8.37 are also No. 1.


In addition, the EF560 is the leader in rack space required (4U) and leader in performance per rack unit (2838 MB/S/RU). For environments like scientific computing, business intelligence, and video editing/creation, the EF560 is the clear choice.


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SPC-1 Results

The EF560 with version 8.25 of the SANtricity operating system achieved 319K IOPS @ 760 µs, which is a 30 percent improvement in IOPs; and a 22 percent decrease in latency versus the prior version (8.20) in SPC-1 benchmark results. The $0.30 per SPC-1 IOP is No. 6 out of 11 vendors, but No. 4 for systems supporting dual controllers. The EF560 is also the lowest response time (LRT) leader, and provides the lowest response time for any all flash array out to 100K IOPS at 250µs in the top 10 for price-performance.


Figure 2. SPC-1 Performance

 Use the EF560 all-flash arrays to:

  • Deliver faster, actionable results from OLTP and OLAP environments
  • Improve user experience for customer-facing and decision-support systems
  • Consolidate physical servers and database license costs
  • Reduce power, footprint, and cooling by 95 percent versus disk-based arrays
  • Improve performance of your data analytics by more than 50 percent


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