SPECsfs2008_cifs Result

NetApp, Inc. : FAS3210
SPECsfs2008_cifs = 64292 Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 1.50 msec)


6055 0.9
12121 1.0
18190 1.1
24328 1.2
30424 1.3
36536 1.4
42629 1.6
48743 1.9
55186 2.3
61061 2.8
64292 3.5
Performance Graph

Product and Test Information

Tested By NetApp, Inc.
Product Name FAS3210
Hardware Available Nov 2010
Software Available Nov 2010
Date Tested Sept 2010
SFS License Number 33
Licensee Locations Sunnyvale, CA

The NetApp(R) FAS3210 represents the entry of the line of the FAS3200 family of storage systems with NetApp's unified storage architecture. It features three models: the FAS3210, FAS3240 and FAS3270. The FAS3200 series performance is driven by a 64-bit architecture that uses high throughput, low latency links and PCI Express for all internal and external data transfers. With the FAS3200 series and Data ONTAP 8.0.1 you can efficiently consolidate SAN, NAS, primary, and secondary storage on a single platform. Data ONTAP 8.0.1 is designed to provide customers with the next generation of features and functionality to ensure they are able to meet the demands of growing workloads. NetApp has designed systems to make them easy for you to install, configure, manage, and upgrade so you can quickly adapt your storage infrastructure to meet your changing business needs. You can minimize the use of data center resources including power, cooling, and floor space-by taking advantage of a comprehensive set of storage-saving software features in Data ONTAP like Deduplication and Thin Provisioning (FlexVols).

Configuration Bill of Materials

Item No Qty Type Vendor Model/Name Description
1 2 Storage Controller NetApp FAS3210 FAS3210A SW-3210A-ONTAP8-C
2 2 Non-volatile FlashCache (PAMII) Module NetApp FlashCache (PAMII) module 256GB X1937A-R5 FlashCache (PAMII) Module 256GB
3 144 Disk Drives w/Shelf NetApp DS4243-0724-24A-QS-R5 SATA 24x1TB,7.2KRPM,HDD
4 2 CIFS Software License NetApp CIFS Software SW-3210-CIFS

Server Software

OS Name and Version Data ONTAP 8.0.1
Other Software None
Filesystem Software Data ONTAP 8.0.1

Server Tuning

Name Value Description
vol options 'volume' no_atime_update on Disable atime updates (applied to all volumes)

Server Tuning Notes


Disks and Filesystems

Description Number of Disks Usable Size
1TB SATA 7.2K RPM Disk Drives 144 117.2 TB
Total 144 117.2 TB
Number of Filesystems 2
Total Exported Capacity 86.96 TB
Filesystem Type WAFL
Filesystem Creation Options 64-bit aggregate option was selected during creation of the aggregates that housed the SFS filesystems on each controller.
Filesystem Config Each filesystem was striped across 68 disks
Fileset Size 7585.1 GB

The storage configuration consisted of 6 shelves, each wth 24 disks. The 6 shelves were on 2 SAS ports on each storage controller. Six shelves are in a single 'stack'. Two ports on each filer connect to top & bottom of the stack. (A 'stack' has 4 connections, 2 at top & 2 bottom). Each storage controller was the primary owner of 72 disks, with 68 disks in those shelves placed into a single 64-bit aggregate. Each aggregate was composed of 4 RAID-DP groups, each RAID-DP group was composed of 15 data disks and 2 parity disks. A seperate 3 disk RAID-DP set holds Data ONTAP. Each volume was striped across all disks in the aggregate where it resided. Each controller was the owner of a single volume, but the disks in each aggregate were dual-attached so that, in the event of a fault, they could be managed by the other controller via an alternate loop. A separate flexible volume residing in a three-disk root aggregate on each controller was created to hold the Data ONTAP operating system and system files. The remaining disks owned by each controller were reserved for spares.

Network Configuration

Item No Network Type Number of Ports Used Notes
1 Jumbo Frame 1 Gigabit Ethernet 4 Dual-port 1 gigabit ethernet (built-in)

Network Configuration Notes

There were two ports from the dual-port 1 gigabit ethernet network adapter configured on each storage controller. The active interfaces were configured to use jumbo frames (MTU size of 9000 bytes). All network interfaces were connected to a Cisco 6509 switch, which provided connectivity to the clients.

Benchmark Network

An MTU size of 9000 was set for all connections to the switch. Each load generator was connected to the network via a single 1 GigE port.

Processing Elements

Item No Qty Type Description Processing Function
1 2 CPU 2.3GHz Intel Xeon(tm) Processor (E5220) Networking, CIFS protocol, WAFL filesystem, RAID/Storage drivers

Processing Element Notes

Each storage controller has one physical processor, each with two cores.


Description Size in GB Number of Instances Total GB Nonvolatile
Storage controller mainboard memory (4480MB) 4 2 8 V
Non-volatile memory on NVMEM (640MB) 1 2 2 NV
Non-volatile memory on FlashCache (PAMII) module 256 2 512 NV
Grand Total Memory Gigabytes     522  

Memory Notes

Each storage controller has main memory that is used for the operating system and for caching filesystem data. A separate battery-backed NVMEM section of main memory is used to provide stable storage for writes that have not yet been written to disk.

Stable Storage

The WAFL filesystem logs writes and other filesystem modifying transactions to the NVMEM. In an active-active configuration, as in the system under test, such transacations are also logged to the NVMEM on the partner storage controller so that, in the event of a storage controller failure, any transactions on the failed controller can be completed by the partner controller. Filesystem modifying NFS/CIFS operations are not acknowledged until after the storage system has confirmed that the related data are stored in NVMEM of both storage controllers (when both controllers are active). The battery-backed NVMEM ensures that any uncommitted transactions are preserved for at least 72 hours.

System Under Test Configuration Notes

The system under test consisted of two FAS3210 storage controllers and 6 storage shelves, each with 24 1TB SATA disk drives. The two controllers were executing Data ONTAP 8.0.1 software operating in 7G mode. They were configured in an active-active cluster failover configuration, using the high-availability cluster software option in conjunction with iWarp over built-in 10GigE cluster interconnect. One dual-port 1 gigabit ethernet adapter was present on each storage controller. The storage shelves were connected to one of the SAS port pairs on one of the SAS adapters in one controller and the another port pair was connected to one of the SAS port pairs on the other controller. The system under test was connected to a 1 gigabit ethernet switch via 4 network ports.

Other System Notes

All standard data protection features, including background RAID and media error scrubbing, software validated RAID checksumming, and double disk failure protection via double parity RAID (RAID-DP) were enabled during the test.

Test Environment Bill of Materials

Item No Qty Vendor Model/Name Description
1 8 SuperMicro SuperMicro SuperMicro with 2GB RAM and Linux operating system
2 1 Cisco 6509 Cisco Catalyst 6509 Ethernet Switch

Load Generators

LG Type Name LG1
BOM Item # 1
Processor Name Intel Xeon
Processor Speed 3.40 GHz
Number of Processors (chips) 2
Number of Cores/Chip 2
Memory Size 2 GB
Operating System RHEL5.3 Kernel 2.6.9-55.0.6.ELsmp
Network Type 1 Gigabit Ethernet

Load Generator (LG) Configuration

Benchmark Parameters

Network Attached Storage Type CIFS
Number of Load Generators 8
Number of Processes per LG 28

Testbed Configuration

LG No LG Type Network Target Filesystems Notes
1..8 LG1 1 /vol/vol1 /vol/vol2 N/A

Load Generator Configuration Notes

All filesystems were mounted on all clients, which were connected to the same physical and logical network.

Uniform Access Rule Compliance

Each load-generating client hosted 28 processes. The assignment of processes to filesystems and network interfaces was done such that they were evenly divided across all filesystems and network paths to the storage controllers. The filesystem data was striped evenly across all disks and SAS adapters and on to the storage backend.

Other Notes

Other test notes: None.

NetApp is a registered trademark and "Data ONTAP", "FlexVol", and "WAFL" are trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners and should be treated as such.

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