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NetApp conducted the SPECsfs2008 benchmark which measures throughput and response time, on the FAS6240 (note, this is not NetApp’s fastest controller, the FAS6280 is) running Data ONTAP 8.  The FAS and V-Series systems running Data ONTAP 8 can be combined in a single unified cluster that enables customers to scale with data in place as their business grows. Only NetApp can support both NAS and SAN in a clustered or scale-out environment.


Six new SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark results demonstrated the following: 


  • Leading NAS Performance - NetApp achieves world-record NFS performance for demanding NAS workloads with 1,512,784 ops per second with an overall response time of 1.53 ms.

  • Linear and Massive Scalability - NetApp linear scalability enables companies to start with solutions sized for their current storage requirements and massively scale to meet future demands. As nodes are non-disruptively added to the NetApp cluster, performance increases linearly and the system continues to provide the same level of fast response time. This highlights the future-ready scalability and flexibility of NetApp clustered infrastructure running Data ONTAP 8, proven by the six new benchmark results with 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 node clusters. 


  • Unmatched Storage Efficiency - NetApp best-in-class efficiency, as compared to EMC Isilon which has the next highest SPECsfs2008 NFS result, is highlighted in NetApp’s 24-node benchmark that used 50% less disk drives and 80% fewer controller nodes while delivering 35% higher performance and 40% faster response time.


NetApp FAS6240 systems in a 24-node cluster compared to the competition provides:

  • Better performance for enterprise and technical NAS workloads.
  • Higher savings by utilzing less disk drives and fewer controllers.
  • Enterprise-class capabilities for nondisruptive operations.


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Mike McNamara


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