As enterprise storage users move forward with solid-state storage to accelerate business applications, questions regarding which storage networking technology provide the best results have arisen.
To answer these questions,
Testing focused primarily on network performance and its impact with solid-state storage environments. The goal was to understand the impact of storage connectivity on high-performance, enterprise applications as customers adopt solid-state storage, particularly in virtual server environments. The resulting validation found the FC environment provided 2 to 10 times faster responses as workloads surpassed 80% SAN utilization and 20-30% less CPU utilization than FCoE.
“Solid-State Storage has become a strategic purchase, with businesses demanding high-performance storage to deliver predictable application results. Storage networks and protocols continue to play a significant role in delivering application performance,” said
Evaluator Group’s IOmark suite of workload tools were used to generate application storage workloads that recreate actual storage workloads. The workload environment scaled to three NL Video rendering instances at 250 MB/s each, 126 virtual database applications, 126 Exchange email instances and 560 virtual desktop users. These workloads were run on blade systems from two leading enterprise vendors, using either FCoE or FC storage connected to 16 Gbps FC flash storage. Within this multi-vendor environment, it was possible to isolate the storage networking protocols, including targets and initiators, as the primary factor for any differences in performance and other results.
All testing was done by
The full report entitled “Comparing Enterprise Storage Networking Options FC vs FCoE” details the testing environment is available at http://www.evaluatorgroup.com/document/comparing-enterprise-storage-networking-options-fc-vs-fcoe/, with registration. Optionally, qualifying IT end users can receive a complimentary 30 minute analyst consultation to further understand the results and solid state deployments.
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