NetApp Breaks Performance Record

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-06-12

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.

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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.

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