What’s an IOP, and why do I care?

Gary Little at A NetApp Technical Diary comments:

Recently I was talking to a network guy about storage IOPS, when he asked me. What is an IOP exactly? Immediately I remembered having the exact same question when I first started seriously working with storage gear back in 2006. I knew that an IOP was an I/O Operation, and IOPS is typically meant to  be I/O Operations per second. Surely nobody really cares how many I/O’s are done per second?

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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