By Steve Tunstall on Feb 23, 2012
A great new benchmark has been put up on SPEC for our mid-class 7320. You can see it here:
What's cool about this benchmark is the fact this is not only our middle-sized box, but it used only 136 drives to reach this rather high 134,140 NFS Ops/sec number. If you look at the other systems tested here, you will notice that they must use MANY more drives (at presumably a much higher cost) in order to meet or beat those IOPS.
Check these out here... http://www.spec.org/sfs2008/results/sfs2008nfs.html
For example, a FAS6080 should be far faster then our smaller 7320, right? But it only scored 120,011 even though it used 324 disks. The Isilon S200 with 14 nodes and 679 drives only scored 115,911. I would hate to find out what that system's street price is. I'm pretty sure it's higher then our 7320 with 136 drives. Now, of course all of these benchmark numbers are unrealistic to most people, as they are done in perfect conditions with each manufacture's engineers tuning and tweaking the system the best they can, right? True, but if that's the case, and the other folks tuned and configured those other boxes just like we did, it still seems like a fair fight to me, and our results are just heads and tails above the rest on a cost per IOP basis. I don't see anything on this site that touches our IOPS with the same amount of drives and presumably the same cost price range. Please point out if I missed anything here, I might be wrong.
I really love the ones that go so far overboard on this site... Check out the 140 node Isilon. Let's see... Wow, it's over one million IOPS!!!! That's impressive, until you see it's using 3,360 disk drives. That's funny. PLEASE let me know if you have a 140 node Isilon up and running. I'd love to see it. I'd also love to know what it costs.