Speed freaks rejoice! Your calls for even more massive speed have been answered!
Today NetApp announces an update to the massively popular EF550 All-Flash Array – the EF560, and what’s in store for your IOPs hungry apps is nothing short of incredible!
The EF560 builds on the proven enterprise reliability and performance, and density of the previous gen EF540 and EF550 models, and takes it to a whole new level of performance.
For those out there reading this that don’t know much about NetApp’s E-Series line of storage, here is a quick refresher:
- E-Series arrays block only (ISCSI and FC) performance and density optimized arrays.
- E-Series arrays run the “SANtricity” operating system, not to be confused with Data ONTAP, NetApp’s unified protocol OS.
- They are designed for speed and simplicity of operation. See my post on how to Deploy One in 30 Minutes
- They employ several RAID types, but most notably the “Dynamic Disk Pool” feature, which takes all the complexity out of setting up and managing an array’s potentially daunting amount of disks.
On to the juicy details of the EF560 AFA!
As you can see from the below details, we have similar specs to the previous gen EF550 array, with the added addition of the much needed 12GB SAS and 54GB Infiniband connectivity options.
But what’s really the meat of this release is SPEED, and lots of it! Check on these performance test results:
Yes people, this is 650,000 IOPs at sub .8ms latency! What’s notable here as well is that there are little to no difference in the performance of the DDP RAID type vs. RAID-5 and RAID-10!
Check out some Oracle performance numbers:
On OLTP Databases, the EF560 has 2.5x improvement over the previous gen EF550!
Overall, this is a major performance lead forward for this All Flash offering from NetApp. This is a powerhouse monster that is going to turn a lot of heads and leave more than a few competitors scratching their heads.
Update: The Storage Performance Council (SPC) has released the results from the EF560 – Spoiler Alert! They are pretty amazing. You can download the full report here: http://www.storageperformance.org/benchmark_results_files/SPC-1/NetApp/A00152_NetApp_EF560/a00152_NetApp_EF560_SPC-1_executive-summary.pdf