Symantec FileStore Delivers Record Results in SPECsfs Test

Symantec Corp. announced that Symantec
FileStore has earned ground-breaking results in Standard Performance
Evaluation Corporation (SPEC®) System File Server (sfs) test, far
exceeding current benchmarks. The latest results further demonstrate
the high performance capabilities of Symantec’s new cloud storage
solution enabling enterprises to meet the demanding application
challenges of cloud environments. Symantec FileStore achieved these
results utilizing currently available software yielding record results
of 176,728 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops per second with an overall response
time of 1.67ms. The FileStore results demonstrated 47 percent greater
throughput and 14 percent faster overall response time than the NetApp
FAS6080 results posted in August 2009.

“We’re extremely pleased with the industry leading results and the
unparalleled price-performance advantages of Symantec FileStore,” said
Jeff Reed, vice president of clustered storage at Symantec. “The
SPECsfs benchmark demonstrates that FileStore software delivers the
high performance today’s enterprises need for their cloud storage
environments without locking them into an expensive, proprietary
hardware infrastructure.”

FileStore is a new solution from Symantec that enables organizations
to build scalable, high-performance file-based storage services for
their enterprise, including private and public clouds. FileStore is
designed to scale from entry-level configurations in affordable
increments to meet an IT organization’s specific needs and budget, and
a single FileStore system can support up to 16 storage nodes and more
than 2PB of total storage. Organizations can add or remove storage and
FileStore nodes dynamically without taking systems offline.

FileStore is currently deployed within Symantec as the file-based
storage architecture used to support the company’s cloud services,
which is the largest SaaS storage environment in the world, with more
than 40PB of online storage for more than nine million active users. In
addition, FileStore integrates natively with Symantec’s leading
security and information management solutions, including Symantec
NetBackup and Symantec Endpoint Protection. Because these services are
run on FileStore nodes, additional server and storage resources for
backup and security are not needed; this, in turn, reduces performance
bottlenecks while enhancing security and simplifying operations.

About the Benchmark

SPECsfs2008 measures the throughput and response time of NFS and
CIFS servers based on workloads that represent the activity of
large-scale servers in real customer environments. Results are
presented on a graph showing a series of 10 or more load points with
operations per second on the X axis and latency on the Y axis. Peak
operations per second and a calculation of the overall response time
for the entire run are used to summarize results.


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