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AFA Performance Testing Framework, 2018

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AFA Performance Testing Framework, 2018
Published: January 4, 2018 Content info: 22 Pages

This publication has been discontinued on April 2, 2020.


This IDC study provides a framework for end users to use when testing all-flash arrays (AFAs). IDC performed substantial research to understand and document the unique performance characteristics of AFAs, evaluated various storage performance and other testing tools, and worked with array vendors as well as independent testing labs. The result is a proposed test plan that will allow end users to accurately and time efficiently characterize how AFAs will perform in their environments against their workloads."AFAs exhibit unique performance characteristics that are very different from HDD-based storage architectures and are used with 3rd Platform computing workloads that have their own unique I/O profiles," said Eric Burgener, research director, Storage. "To understand how AFAs will perform against the real-world workloads for which they are being increasingly deployed, administrators must understand both of these factors and use them as inputs when designing AFA testing regimens."

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Product Code: US43286017

IDC Opinion

In This Study

Situation Overview

  • The All-Flash Array Market
  • AFA Testing Requires a New Approach
  • Understanding Flash Storage Behaviors
  • Critical Factors Impacting AFA Performance
  • Testing Overview and Scope
  • The AFA Performance Testing Framework
    • Phase 1: Workload Definition, Setup and Preconditioning, and Data Set Preparation (One to Two Days)
      • Workload Definition
      • Setup and Preconditioning
      • Data Set Preparation and Artificial Aging
    • Phase 2: Baseline Workload Testing (One to Two Days)
    • Phase 3: Functional Testing (One Day)
    • Phase 4: Fault Injection Testing (One Day)
    • Phase 5: Soak Test
    • Interpreting the Test Results

Future Outlook

Essential Guidance

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  • Synopsis
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