Demartek Evaluation: Performance Benefits of NVMe™ over Fibre Channel vs Traditional FCP for Databases
NetApp’s ONTAP 9.4 is the first generally available enterprise storage offering enabling a complete NVMe™ over Fibre Channel (NVMe/FC) solution. NVMe/FC solutions are based on the recent T11/INCITS committee FC-NVMe block storage standard, which specifies how to extend the NVMe command set over Fibre Channel in accordance with the NVMe over Fabrics™ (NVMe-oF™) guidelines produced by the NVM Express™ organization.
Why Move to NVMe over Fibre Channel?
The vast majority of enterprise datacenters use Fibre Channel SANs to store mission-critical data. Many of the customers running these datacenters already have the hardware necessary to run NVMe/FC, including Fibre Channel switches, adapters and storage. With this solution from NetApp and Broadcom, moving to NVMe/FC with this existing hardware requires only a software upgrade on the host initiators and the storage targets.
For this test report, Demartek worked with the Emulex Division of Broadcom to demonstrate the benefits of NVMe over Fibre Channel on the NetApp AFF A800, Emulex Gen 6 Fibre Channel Adapters, and Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel SAN switches using real-world applications.
Summary Report: Performance Benefits of NVMe™ over Fibre Channel vs Traditional FCP for Microsoft SQL Server
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Summary Report: Performance Benefits of NVMe™ over Fibre Channel vs Traditional FCP for Oracle
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