Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Cards Deliver 9x Better Price/Performance Than IBM

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Friday, 17 September 2010)

Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards using Sun FlashFire technology beat the performance of the next-best SPC-1C result from IBM by over 60 percent, with 9x better price/performance and 6x better IOPS/GB.

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 host bus adapters/ 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 4RU enclosure profile (1 4RU, 2 2RU, 4 1RU, etc.).

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

  • Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered an outstanding SPC-1C performance result of 72521.11 SPC-1C IOPS, yielding only to Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array, the flagship product based on Sun FlashFire technology.
  • Compared to the IBM result, Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered 9x better price/performance (TSC/ SPC-1C IOPS), 6x better access density (SPC-1C IOPS/ ASU GB) and 50 percent better tested $/GB (TSC/ASU) as part of these SPC-1C benchmark results.
  • Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards and workload generator were run and priced inside Oracle's Sun Fire X4270M2 server. The storage and workload generator used the same space (2 RU) as the IBM System Storage EXP12S alone. The SPC-1C result was run unprotected, similar to the Flash cache deployments used to 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, and SPC-1C LRT are trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC). See http://www.storageperformance.org for more information. Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card SPC-1C submission identifier C00011 results of 72521.11 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 147.413GB using unprotected data protection, and a total TSC price (not including three-year maintenance) of $15,553.55. 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 547.61GB using unprotected data protection and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $87,468. The Sun Fire X4270M2 server with Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards is a 2RU (3.5") server, while the IBM System Storage EXP12S is a 2RU (3.5") array.

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