Does anyone use NetApp E Series 5700

Last post 11-19-2019, 9:20 AM by lukasz.borek. 4 replies.
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  • Does anyone use NetApp E Series 5700
    Posted: 11-14-2019, 1:44 PM

    We are considering purchasing the above to use as a backup target. We have about 400 TB FET. STorage needs to support a lot of reads (Daily restores,Synthetic Fulls,DDb Verifications and Aux Copies). Anyone use this in the environment with CommVault? Looking for any suggestions,gotchas

    Thank you

  • Re: Does anyone use NetApp E Series 5700
    Posted: 11-17-2019, 10:00 PM

    We use Netapp's E Series 2800's where we have upgraded the controllers to the 5700 versions.  We own 5 in total and have not had any major issues with them.  Just a the normal drive replacements and an issue with upgrading the code on one of the controllers which was quickly resolved via a support call.

    We are running a mix of SSD and hard drives on these.  The SSD is used for OS hosting of our MA's, Index cache and DDB.  The disks are divided into pools and then presented as RDM targets for primary MA storage.

    The reason for the upgrade is because we found the controllers were limiting the throughput of the backups, especially when AUX copies were also running.


  • Re: Does anyone use NetApp E Series 5700
    Posted: 11-18-2019, 10:44 AM

    Thank you so much for responding. We are considering these because we're having read performance issues on the storage. Currently use Quantum QXS and need to upgrade. We protect about 200 TB FET in this specific location and unable to Aux copy fast enough to other datacenter (5Gb link) due to slow disk reads. We also do Synthetic fulls on the weekends and DDB verifications twice a week. My concern is whether the 5700 would be able to handle all those read operations


    Regarding storage configuration; Do you present one pool to each MA? or multiple pools to each MA? EAch MA will need about 400 TB each. MAybe I'll present 2 or 3 pools to each MA?


    Really appreciate your feed back.

  • Re: Does anyone use NetApp E Series 5700
    Posted: 11-18-2019, 3:57 PM

    For our standard MA config we present 8 RDM's through to each MA.  We generally start these at 7.5Tb in size but we do increase them as necessary.  One of the keys to performance with these is to ensure you have enought spindles associated with each pool from which you create.  We generally have a minimum of 20 x 10Tb or 20 x 12Tb drives per pool.

  • Re: Does anyone use NetApp E Series 5700
    Posted: 11-19-2019, 9:20 AM

    Interesting topic. 

    What restore performance (from deduplicated backup) you guys can get form such array? How many IOPS restores generate? 

    Another low cost storage array that can be consider is Dell Commpellent. Advantage would be raid group through all drives (kind of chunklets), but not sure how it can be compared to E-series in terms of performance. 

    Anyone has exparience with other vendors? Low cost, reliable storage array that can handle Commvault deduplication. 

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