Oracle Beats NetApp with 2x the Performance at Less Than Half the Cost


(As of Monday, 3 October 2011)

Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivers over double the performance of the NetApp FAS 3270A array using the SPC-1 benchmark. Additionally, this benchmark demonstrates the significantly better competitive value of the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance with less than half the cost per IOPS.


SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1) is an industry-standard storage benchmark that provides a comprehensive performance analysis environment for storage subsystems. The I/O workload in SPC-1 is characterized by predominately random I/O operations, as typified by multiuser OLTP, database, and email server environments. SPC-1 uses a highly efficient, multithreaded workload generator to thoroughly analyze direct-attach or network-storage subsystems. The SPC-1 benchmark enables companies to rapidly produce valid performance and price/performance results using a variety of host platforms and storage network topologies.


These SPC-1 benchmark results show the competitive advantage of the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance configured using 8 Gb fibre channel (FC) host interfaces.

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivered an outstanding result of 137,066 SPC-1 input/output operations per second (IOPS) at $2.99 per SPC-1 IOPS (1)
  • Compared to the NetApp FAS3270A array result of 68,035 SPC-1 IOPS the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivers more than more than double the NetApp SPC-1 IOPS at a fraction of its $7.48/ SPC-1 IOPS cost for 2.4x better price/performance.(2)

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Results as of October 3, 2011. Source: Storage Performance Council

(2) NetApp FAS 3270A


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