Netapp Ontap 9 Performance Comparison

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Ontap 9 is still relatively new, only being released a few weeks ago and with all the hype around the new features and performance gains between previous versions, I really wanted to see this for myself.

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance Lab Testing

Netapp Speed Zone

I have taken to the lab with 3 different versions of the operating system:

  • Data Ontap 8.2.3
  • Data Ontap 8.3.2
  • Ontap 9

My lab is setup using the Netapp simulator and on the back-end I made sure each simulator had dedicated access to 1 SSD drive on my NAS during each Data Ontap version test. This ensured full access to disk resources without any interference from other servers, virtual apps, etc

In addition to the above, each version of Data Ontap had the following volume efficiency features enabled:

  • In-line Dedupe
  • In-line Compression

The test VMware virtual machine is Windows 2012 R2

Each of the 8 tests were conducted with Netapp’s SIO software and consist of the following:

  1. 100% Read, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  2. 100% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  3. 75% Read, 25% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  4. 50% Read, 50% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  5. 25% Read, 75% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  6. 100% Read, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  7. 100% Write, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads
  8. 75% Read, 25% Write, 75% random, 25% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run for 60 seconds, execute 4 threads

While you are not going to see lightning speeds on my lab, you are going to see the percentage of performance increases between earlier versions of Data Ontap and Ontap 9.

Let’s begin

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
100% Read, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
100% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, execute 4

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
75% Read, 25% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
50% Read, 50% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
25% Read, 75% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, execute 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
100% Read, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
100% Write, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.3 Performance
75% Read, 25% Write, 75% random, 25% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
100% Read, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
100% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
75% Read, 25% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
50% Read, 50% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
25% Read, 75% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
100% Read, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
100% Write, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Data Ontap 8.3.2 Performance
75% Read, 25% Write, 75% random, 25% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
100% Read, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
100% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
75% Read, 25% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
50% Read, 50% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
25% Read, 75% Write, 100% Random, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
100% Read, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
100% Write, 100% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

 

Netapp Ontap 9 Performance
75% Read, 25% Write, 75% random, 25% Sequential, 4K block, access 25MB of the file, run 60 seconds, 4 threads

Netapp Performance Summary

Now that we have all the data from each of the Netapp Data Ontap versions above, we can now put them into a table and calculate the performance increase between versions.

As you can see below the largest performance increase, in regards to percentages were seen between Data Ontap 8.2.3 and 8.3.2, however the gains between Data Ontap 8.3.2 and Ontap 9 are pretty impressive as well.

In between major releases there are usually quite a few new features that are introduced. It’s excellent to see that along with the benefit of additional features that you can also expect to see quite a significant performance increase.

Netapp Performance Test Summary

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