Sun Storage 6780 Array Delivers 1.6x Better Price/Performance than IBM

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Friday, 12 March 2010)

Oracle's Sun Storage 6780 array demonstrates competitive value with 1.6x better price/performance than a similarly configured IBM DS5300 disk system using the SPC-2 benchmark. Additionally, this benchmark result shows 4x better data rate performance and 1.7x better price/performance than the previous generation of modular storage arrays.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The SPC Benchmark-2 (SPC-2) is a series of related benchmark performance tests that simulate the sequential component of demands placed upon on-line, non-volatile storage in server-class computer systems. SPC-2 provides measurements in support of real-world environments characterized by:

  • Large numbers of concurrent sequential transfers
  • Demanding data rate requirements, including requirements for real time processing
  • Diverse application techniques for sequential processing
  • Substantial storage capacity requirements
  • Data persistence requirements to ensure preservation of data without corruption or loss

 

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

The SPC-2 benchmark results below show both the competitive advantage and generational improvement of the Sun Storage 6780 array configured using 8Gb fibre channel (FC) host interfaces using RAID 5 and RAID 6 data-protection schemes.

  • The Sun Storage 6780 array delivered 58% better SPC-2 price/performance than the IBM DS5300 on the SPC-2 benchmark in both RAID 5 and RAID 6 configurations.
  • The Sun Storage 6780 array delivered nearly identical performance for both RAID5 and RAID 6 configurations, showing only 1.6% less performance using double-parity data protection (RAID 6) vs. single parity (RAID 5.)
  • The Sun Storage 6780 delivered the best price/performance of any top ten SPC-2 performers. All systems that performed better had at least 6x higher tested storage configuration (TSC) prices.
  • The Sun Storage 6780 array delivered four times more SPC-2 MB/sec than the previous generation of Oracle's StorageTek 6540 array.
  • The Sun Storage 6780 array provides 1.7x better SPC-2 price/performance than the previous-generation StorageTek 6540 array.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. SPC-2, SPC-2 MBPS, and $/SPC-2 MBPS reg tm of Storage Performance Council (SPC). Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Competitive data obtained from www.storageperformance.org. as of the date located next to the respective claim. Sun Storage 6780 array Revised 3/12/10 5634.17 SPC-2 MBPS, ASU Capacity 16,383.186GB, 47.03 $/SPC-2 MBPS, RAID 5 Data Protection, TSC price $264,999, Identifier B00047. Sun Storage 6780 array Revised 3/12/10 5543.88 SPC-2 MBPS, ASU Capacity 14,042.731GB, 47.80 $/SPC-2 MBPS, RAID 6 Data Protection, TSC price $264,999, Identifier B00048. IBM System Storage DS-5300 (FDE) Revised 3/8/2010 5634.17 SPC-2 MBPS, ASU Capacity 16,383.186GB, 74.13 $/SPC-2 MBPS, RAID 5 Data Protection, TSC price $417,648, Identifier B00045. IBM System Storage DS-5300 (FDE) Revised 3/8/20 5543.88 SPC-2 MBPS, ASU Capacity 14,042.731GB, 75.33 $/SPC-2 MBPS, RAID 6 Data Protection, TSC price $417,648, Identifier B00046. Sun StorageTek 6540 Array 1360.40 SPC-2 MBPS, ASU Capacity 3,350.074GB, 80.52 $/SPC-2 MBPS, RAID 5 Data Protection, TSC price $109,537, Identifier B00015.

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