Reply to post: Nate - thanks for your feedback

Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Val Bercovici

Nate - thanks for your feedback

Yes, FlashCache now has several generations of evolution under its belt and continues to optimize the performance of disk-based Unified FAS arrays. Our All-Flash I/O pipeline is so advanced at the moment that we don't need to double-buffer reads or writes via FlashCache to our SSDs.

OTOH - The main theme NetApp is conveying to the market now is that NVMe shows great promise when fully end-to-end systems will be deployed. Being ready at some of the App / OS / Hypervisor / Host / SAN / Controller / Shelf / SSD layers is helpful and enhances customer investment protection - BUT...

... It's very important not to overhype the technology today and underwhelm customer expectations.

If performance is a priority - independently audited and peer-reviewed benchmarks are the only way to go! :)

http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1/spc1_v1_results_netapp/spc1_v1_results_netapp_a02002/A02002_ES.pdf

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