Scale Out Performance of Your NetApp Environment with Data Virtualization
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NetApp and Primary Data are teaming up to create solutions that improve application performance so IT can confidently meet SLA requirements. Let’s take a closer look at how DataSphere can improve the performance and scalability of NetApp environments.
Intelligent Load Balancing
When configured with DataSphere, a group of NAS filers can be logically pooled together as a scale-out cluster under the global namespace. With its unique metadata engine and out-of-band architecture, DataSphere creates a comprehensive a scale-out NAS solution that tiers data across NetApp volumes, according to their capabilities. For example, hot data might be placed in All-Flash-FAS (AFF), warm data on a Hybrid-FAS, and cold data on StorageGRID Webscale (SGWS). The diagram below illustrates this concept:
Figure 1 - DataSphere creates a global namespace that connects different types of NAS storage and object storage, then automatically places the right data on the right resource to meet IT-defined objectives.
Accelerate App Response with Dynamic Load Balancing Across NetApp FAS Systems
In addition to tiering data across NetApp FAS systems, DataSphere accelerates performance through the ability to distribute I/O across multiple volumes, allowing applications to access them all, in parallel. The diagram below illustrates:
Figure 2 - Parallel access distributed across multiple NAS systems accelerate app response times.
Out-of-Band Architecture Delivers Immense Scalability
Using open standards, DataSphere offloads metadata operations off storage, moving them onto the DataSphere server. This separation of the metadata path from the data path enables DataSphere to move data across storage silos and also significantly improve performance, since metadata operations don’t get stuck in the queue behind data operations.
Figure 3 - DataSphere significantly speeds up metadata and file operations by eliminating queuing of metadata requests behind data requests.
Importantly, DataSphere also removes one the biggest system-wide scalability obstacles in most NAS systems, as it can support the management and dynamic mobility of billions of files.
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