Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array Delivers 7x Better I/O Performance Than IBM

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Tuesday, 13 April 2010)

Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array is the fastest performing storage product, with a world record SPC-1C result. Not only does this result beat the next-best SPC-1C result from IBM by nearly 7x, it does so with 3.9x better price/performance and 2.5x better response time, and uses half the rack space of IBM's best result.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The SPC-1C storage-industry benchmark demonstrates the performance of a storage product while it performs the typical functions of business-critical applications. These are characterized predominately by random read and write I/O operations. Examples include OLTP, database operations, and mail-server implementations. SPC-1C utilizes an identical workload as SPC-1, but limits results to storage configurations consisting of one or more HBAs/Controllers, and one of the following storage device configurations:

  • One, two, or four storage devices in a standalone configuration. An external enclosure may be used, but only to provide power and/or connectivity for the storage devices.
  • A small storage subsystem configured in no larger than a 4U enclosure profile (1 4U, 2 2U, 4 1U, etc.).

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivered world record performance on the SPC-1C benchmark, and demonstrated the advantages of Oracle's Sun FlashFire technology.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivered a world record SPC-1C performance of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array required half the rack space of the next best result, the IBM System Storage EXP12S.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivered nearly 7x better SPC-1C IOPS performance than the next best SPC-1C result, the IBM System Storage EXP12S with 8 SSDs.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivered the world record SPC-1C LRT (response time) performance of 330 microseconds, and a full load response time of 2.63 milliseconds, which is over 2.5x better than the IBM System Storage EXP12S SPC-1C result.
  • Compared to the IBM result, the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivered 2.7x better access density (SPC-1C IOPS/ ASU GB), 3.9x better price/performance (TSC/ SPC-1C IOPS) and 31% better tested $/GB (TSC/ ASU) as part of these SPC-1C benchmark results.
  • Driven by Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server, the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivered world record SPC-1C performance. This type of deployment combines Sun SPARC Enterprise servers with Sun FlashFire technology to effectively accelerate database workloads.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. SPC-1C, SPC-1C IOPS, SPC-1C LRT are trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC), see http://www.storageperformance.org for more information. Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array SPC-1C submission identifier C00010 results of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 1374.390 GB using unprotected data protection, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.33 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 2.63 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $151,381. This compares with IBM System Storage EXP12S SPC-1C/E Submission identifier E00001 results of 45,000.20 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 547.61 GB using unprotected data protection level, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.46 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 6.95 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $87,468.
The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array is a 1RU (1.75") array. The IBM System Storage EXP12S is a 2RU (3.5") array.

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