NetApp Breaks Performance Record

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-06-12 Print this article Print

The company says it has broken a standard network file system performance record using the first version of its new operating system for clustered NAS.

Network Appliance announced June 12 that it has broken a standard network file system performance record using the first version of its new operating system for clustered NAS. Going up against the industrys SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.) SFS97_R1 benchmark, 24 nodes of NetApps new Data ONTAP GX high-performance operating system worked together under a single namespace to deliver 1,032,461 SPECsfs97_R1.v3 operations per second, with a corresponding overall response time of 1.53 milliseconds, a NetApp spokesperson said.
That more than tripled the previous performance record in linear scaling for the NFS benchmark, the spokesperson said.
The Data ONTAP GX operating system, which was in R&D for nearly three years after being acquired in the Spinnaker acquisition, is finally now available. It is targeted for high-performance computing enterprises in the areas of energy, entertainment, and electronic design automation, said Rich Clifton, general manager of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NetApps network storage business unit. "This is a place where people continue to push the leading edge of what you can accomplish," Clifton said. To read more about NetApps partnership portfolio, click here. Global namespace lets NAS systems scale to petabytes, and users can access data while it is moving between controllers and arrays. GXs file striping lets volumes scale across nodes for a performance improvement. Data ONTAP GX delivers massive levels of scalability and NFS performance in a simple, reliable system that is ideal for HPC, Clifton said. Data ONTAP GX is available immediately for customers in HPC environments. Pricing starts at $212,000 for a configuration of two FAS3050 nodes, Data Ontap GX, and 7TB of storage. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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