Oracle Beats NetApp with World Record Response Times and Record Throughput at Much Lower Cost

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Tuesday, 10 September 2013)

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 (two-node) delivered the highest throughput result to date for any system with less than four nodes on the SPECsfs2008 benchmark with the NFS protocol. At 450,702 SPECsfs2008nfsv3 ops/sec , the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivered 4.4x more throughput than the two-node NetApp FAS 3250, NetApp's most recent SPECsfs2008 NFSv3 submission. (1)

Also the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivered a world record Overall Response Time (ORT) of 0.70 milliseconds on SPECsfs2008nfsv3, beating every other ORT result to date. The NetApp FAS 3250 ORT of 1.76 milliseconds is 2.5x slower than the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 ORT on SPECsfs2008 on NFSv3.

Finally, the NetApp FAS 3250's list price for its bill of materials as tested on SPECsfs2008 for NFSv3 is 1.6x the list price of the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 bill of materials as tested. (2)

This unprecedented combination of extreme throughput, rapid response time and low cost allow the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 to deliver unprecedented value.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

SPECsfs2008 is the latest version of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation benchmark suite measuring file server throughput and response time, providing a standardized method for comparing performance across different vendor platforms. SPECsfs2008 results summarize the server's capabilities with respect to the number of operations that can be handled per second, as well as the overall latency of the operations. The suite is a follow-on to the SFS97_R1 benchmark, adding a CIFS workload, an updated NFSv3 workload, support for additional client platforms, and a new test harness and reporting/submission framework.

Note these results are only comparing using the NFSv3 workload.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivered 450,702 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec with an ORT of 0.70 milliseconds on the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark. (1)

This is a 68% generational improvement in SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec performance and an 87% generational improvement in SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT over Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark results.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 (two-node) delivered world-record performance on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark delivering more SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec than any other two-node (or single node) result and beating all 4-node and smaller results published by NetApp to date.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivered 2.3X higher throughput than the two-node NetApp FAS6240 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark. Additionally the two-node FAS6240 ORT is 1.6x slower than the ORT of the two-node Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivered 1.7X higher throughput than the four-node NetApp FAS6240 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark. Additionally the four-node FAS6240 ORT is 2.1x slower than the ORT of the two-node Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivered 1.9X higher throughput than the 28-node Isilon S200 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark. Additionally the 28-node S200 ORT is 4.6x slower than the ORT of the two-node Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 benchmark.

Finally, the 28-node Isilon S200 list price for its bill of materials as tested on SPECsfs2008 for NFSv3 is 3.1x times higher than the list price of the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 bill of materials as tested. (2)

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(1) Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 450,702 SPEC SFS2008_nfs Ops/sec, .70 msec ORT, Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance 267,928 SPEC SFS2008_nfs Ops/sec, 1.31 msec ORT. NetApp FAS6240 190,675 SPEC SFS2008_nfs Ops/Sec, 1.17 msec ORT, NetApp Data ONTAP 8.1 Cluster-Mode (4-node FAS6240) 260,388 SPEC SFS2008_nfs Ops/Sec, 1.53 msec ORT. NetApp FAS3250 100,922 SPEC SFS2008_nfs Ops/Sec, 1.76 msec ORT. Isilon S200 28-node 230782 SFS2008_nfs Ops/Sec, 3.20 msec ORT.

Nodes refer to the item in the SPECsfs2008 disclosed Configuration Bill of Materials that have the Processing Elements that perform the NFS Processing Function. The number of nodes is from the QTY disclosed in the Configuration Bill of Materials as described above.

(2) Configuration Bill of Materials list price for Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 result of US$ 487,738 from oracle.com. Configuration Bill of Materials list price for NetApp FAS3250 result of US$ 785,682 from www.netapp.com/us/media/nalist-usd-netapp-custom-state-new-discounts.pdf. Configuration Bill of Materials list price for Isilon S200 28-node result of US$ 1,540,140 from www.emc.com/collateral/emcwsca/master-price-list.pdf.

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