By Mike McNamara, Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, NetApp


MongoDB is an open-source, NoSQL database used by companies of all sizes, across all industries and for a wide variety of applications, including business-critical operational applications for which low latency, high throughput, and continuous availability are critical requirements.


Deploying MongoDB on NetApp E-Series for consistent microsecond response or on All Flash FAS (AFF) systems for backup and recovery from the cloud enables you to maintain the highest levels of performance and uptime for workloads by providing advanced fault recovery features and easy in-service growth capabilities to meet ever-changing business requirements. The E-Series and All Flash FAS systems are designed to help you build a high-performance, cost-efficient and highly available analytics solution.


Accelerate MongoDB Performance

Figure 1) EF-Series and MongoDB configuration


Industry-leading NetApp E-Series storage systems deliver up to 825K input/output operations per second (IOPS) and microsecond latency to help you complete operations more quickly. The E-series systems also offer bandwidth-12GB/s sustained to disk-to support the demanding performance and capacity needs of a MongoDB environment.  Balanced performance features help support the requirements of different workloads.


NetApp All Flash FAS systems with ONTAP FlashEssentials enables up to 4 million IOPS with 24 nodes and meets the demands of MongoDB on the Data Fabric enabled by NetApp. And with the recent ONTAP 9 release, performance can be further increased by up to 60%.


Reduce Operational Costs


E-Series storage systems are purpose-built for capacity-intensive environments that require optimal space utilization and reduced power and cooling requirements. The system’s ultra-dense 60-drive 4U disk shelf provides industry-leading performance and space efficiency that reduce rack space by up to 60%. Its high-efficiency power supplies and intelligent design can lower power use by up to 40% and cooling requirements by up to 39%.


All Flash FAS systems are built with innovative inline data reduction technologies including inline adaptive compression, inline deduplication, and inline data compaction introduced in the latest ONTAP 9 release. These technologies provide space savings of 5 to 10 times, on average, for a typical use case. When these capabilities are combined with the space-efficient NetApp Snapshot and FlexClone technologies, a data reduction ratio as high as 933:1 has been observed.


Achieve the Highest Levels of Availability and Security


E-Series storage systems leverage the latest solid-state disk (SSD) and SAS drive technologies to deliver high-speed, continuous access to your MongoDB application and data. They are built on a long heritage of serving diverse workloads to provide enterprise-class reliability. SANtricity Full Disk Encryption (FDE) combines local key management with drive-level encryption for comprehensive security for data at rest that doesn’t sacrifice performance or ease of use.


With AFF leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds-enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud. You get features and capabilities such as NetApp Snapshot® copies, cloning, encryption, and both synchronous and asynchronous replication for backup and disaster recovery-all with near-zero performance impact.




Both NetApp E-Series and AFF provide a strong performing, lower overall cost, and more resilient solution for MongoDB versus commodity servers and other options.


“When implemented for high-load MongoDB deployments, NetApp E-Series outranks commondity servers with internal storage against a number of criteria.” Vladimir Starostenkov, R&D Engineer at Altoros.


Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior manager of product and solution marketing at NetApp with over 25 years of storage and data management marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over 10 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mike was a key leader driving the launch of the industry’s first unified scale-out storage system (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON ). In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent speaker at events.