Demartek Evaluation of NetApp Flash Storage Portfolio
7 January 2014
Flash (solid state) storage options are proliferating and are being adopted in enterprise datacenters with increasing regularity. IT professionals must be aware of the wide variety of flash-based storage solutions, including those deployed in the servers and in the storage systems, and be able to determine the best fit for their applications. In those cases where mission-critical applications need the fastest performance, an all-flash storage solution can be the right choice. In other cases, a solution that uses flash as an intelligent caching layer combined with hard disk drive technology may be the best choice. Furthermore, caching solutions can be deployed in the servers or in the storage systems or both.
NetApp integrates flash technology across their entire line of storage systems, including the FAS, V-Series, EF-Series and E-Series product families. The solutions for the FAS and V-Series product families are part of the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier product family.
The intelligent caching available today includes:
- Flash Cache controller caching using PCIe devices for FAS and V-Series
- Flash Pool SSD caching for FAS and V-Series (NetApp disk shelves only)
- SSD Cache for E-Series systems
- EF540 and EF550 flash arrays, part of the EF-series product family
NetApp commissioned Demartek to evaluate these technologies by running various performance tests, and these reports are available on the Demartek website. This document provides a summary of the architectures of the NetApp flash solutions available today and the new FlashRay™ family expected to become available in 2014.
Demartek performance evaluations of specific NetApp Flash technology are listed on the left side of this page under “Related Content.”
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