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The NetApp Performance Acceleration Module II in File Services Workloads

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Executive Summary

NetApp submitted three results for SPECsfs2008 over NFS, each of which was for the FAS3160 storage system. The first submission is based on a FAS3160 controller with 16 disk shelves of 15,000 RPM Fibre Channel drives, totaling 224 disk drives. In the next configuration one used the same drive types but added a Performance Acceleration Module II (PAM II) to the solution, enabling the reduction of half the drives (to 56 disks). Also, a configuration with four disk shelves of 96 SATA disk drives was submitted. Each of the configurations showed very similar performance characteristics in the results, demonstrating the ability of PAM II to provide acceleration while reducing required drive counts.

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