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EMC NetWorker Performance & Scalability with SPARC T5

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New White Paper

EMC and Oracle have thousands of mutual customer installations worldwide who need a storage management suite which centralizes, automates, and accelerates data backup and recovery across their IT environment.  The EMC NetWorker software provides the power and flexibility to meet these challenges on Oracle SPARC servers.

A new white paper is now released which reviews how NetWorker takes advantage of the capabilities of the SPARC T5-2 server and performs better compared to previous SPARC or x86 platforms due to the T5-2 server's enhanced resources and capabilities.  This paper also highlights the best practices for optimal performance using EMC NetWorker on the SPARC T5-2 server platform.

A series of performance test results are covered in this paper indicating that NetWorker backup performance on the SPARC T5-2 increases linearly with an increased number of CPUs.  Some highlights of the test results were:

 - NetWorker backup performance on the SPARC T5-2 server scales linearly with increased hardware threads.
 - CPU and memory utilization on the SPARC T5-2 server increases with the increase in number of save sets.
 - Backup performance on the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system is 2.4x times better than a UFS file system.

For nearly 20 years EMC and Oracle have been building best practices in data management for their joint customers, optimizing the capabilities EMC products (like NetWorker) on Oracle SPARC servers.  EMC Corporation is also an Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum level partner, which enables a deeper collaboration discussion, ensuring that our customers have a great experience from day one forward.



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Comments ( 2 )
  • Alex Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    I am wondering if there is the plan of testing T4 or T5 as a networker client using Dedup on SPARC side vs not using it.

    Currently I am not able to assess the extra cpu/memory power that would be needed for the client.


  • guest Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    The specific test you mention has not been done, although we are targeting it for the new SPARC T7 server. I should mention that DataDomain dedup plugin works with SPARC Crypto from the T4 server line and above, so we would not anticipate a significant impact on CPU performance when you enable DSP on NetWorker Client installed on a SPARC server.


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