Home Datacenter NETAPP INSIGHT 2018 – TFDX- MAX Data


by Roger Lund

It’s Wednesday. We are here at the Netapp Insight event. And Netapp again is presenting on MAX Data.

A Few of the delegates.


also we have  at the table and and in the room!

Yes it’s the hashtag  and #TFDx !


Here we go!



Andrew Grimes is presenting


See his blog post on this technology prior to the release.

An Update on the Plexistor Acquisition: Introducing NetApp Memory Accelerated Data



Netapp Max Data : In-Memory Application Data Services


Product Page for Max Data a Acquisition of plexi store.


MAX Data Datasheet


Podcast: Tech ONTAP Podcast Episode 154: NetApp MAX Data



  • Netapp Flash Memory Fabric
  • Max Data Overview
  • Use cases
  • Resources



Netapp Data Fabric,  this product fits well.


Real-Time Applications : the next phase of digital transformation.

  • AI
  • Deep Learning
  • Real-Time Analytics


  • Started with Disk
  • Focus on the future of Solid-State Media.
  • Then NVMe and now persistent memory.


Layer 4-Layer 0


  • Lower latency, more IOPS as you move to layer 0 but costs rise as you move to Layer 0.
    • ( note i’ll insert a picture here )
  • Persistent Memory Technology.
  • NVDIMM , based on 3D Xpoint.
  • Costly – intel optane dimm’s should lower costs.


Comprehensive NVMe : End-to-End & non-disruptive.

  • Add FAS, AFF, and AFF with NVMe non disruptively.
  • Storage-Class Memory SCM as cache.
  • Persistent Memory PMEM in Server.
  • NVMe Over fabrics.


What is Max Data Design Goals


Faster application response time – focus on low latency


  • leverage server-side memory data locality  ( close to application )
  • software-only approach + PMEM
  • Acceleration for read and write workloads
    • not a cache ( page caching  not needed )
  • current software stack written to disk. no  re architecture of the software stack for memory
  • Application plug and play
  • enterprise data protection services.
  • Put the LUN on the bus Enterprise Data Protection Tools
  • Linux IO/ Stack vs Linux Stack leveraging Netapp MAX Data File System


MAX Data on the memory bus PMEM Data Acceleration


Primary Tier 

  • Memory. DRAM, NVDIMM, D3XP

Secondary Tier

  • Flash ( must be block)
  • Local flash SSD, or LUN.

Memory Optimized File System

  • Single Mount Point
  • Acceleration any workload
  • Focus on acceleration Writes.
  • Read after read acceleration.

Minimal Change to the application

Accelerate PM deployments.

Server and SAN can be supported.


1:25 ratio T1 should be backup-ed to T2


Sub 10 Micro Sec Latency.


T1 replication possible. adds 4 MS of latency.

Sync mirroring.


Max Data Data Services for PMEM

  • Protecting writes at memory speeds.
    • Max Snapsync
    • T1 to T2
    • Integrated with Ontap snapshot
    • Integrated with ontap Snapmiorror
  • Max Recovery
    • T1 to T1 mirroring of writes
    • Private RDMA Ethernet 100GB
    • RPO 0 Data Protection for in memory.


  • Brings Enterprise Data Services to PMEM


MAX Data Cloud Integrations


Integrated Cloud Services

  • ontap fabric pool archive/offiste
  • ontap NDAS Backup
  • NPS
  • Cloud Volume Services ontap


Native Cloud Data Services

  • Future Releases
  • Resident Cloud instance
  • AWS, EC2, With DRAM and EBS
  • Azure, and GCP have been tested.


MAX Data Software Defined flash

  • Server
  • SAN
  • Cloud


Netapp MAX Data

use cases


MAX Data – Target Workloads

  • Real-time Analytics trading platforms
  • in-memory databases
  • AI
  • Data Wearhousing


Mongo DB

  • supports very large work sets
  • 3x better OPS/SEC
  • 4-5x lower latency


Planned on a PER Server license.



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