Saturday Apr 14, 2012

New SPC2 benchmark- The 7420 KILLS it !!!

This is pretty sweet. The new SPC2 benchmark came out last week, and the 7420 not only came in 2nd of ALL speed scores, but came in #1 for price per MBPS.

Check out this table. The 7420 score of 10,704 makes it really fast, but that's not the best part. The price one would have to pay in order to beat it is ridiculous. You can go see for yourself at http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc2
The only system on the whole page that beats it was over twice the price per MBPS. Very sweet for Oracle.

So let's see, the 7420 is the fastest per $.
The 7420 is the cheapest per MBPS.
The 7420 has incredible, built-in features, management services, analytics, and protocols. It's extremely stable and as a cluster has no single point of failure. It won the Storage Magazine award for best NAS system this year.

So how long will it be before it's the number 1 NAS system in the market? What are the biggest hurdles still stopping the widespread adoption of the ZFSSA? From what I see, it's three things: 1. Administrator's comfort level with older legacy systems. 2. Politics 3. Past issues with Oracle Support.  

I see all of these issues crop up regularly. Number 1 just takes time and education. Number 3 takes time with our new, better, and growing support team. many of them came from Oracle and there were growing pains when they went from a straight software-model to having to also support hardware. Number 2 is tricky, but it's the job of the sales teams to break through the internal politics and help their clients see the value in oracle hardware systems. Benchmarks like this will help.

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Great new 7320 benchmark

A great new benchmark has been put up on SPEC for our mid-class 7320. You can see it here:

http://www.spec.org/sfs2008/results/res2012q1/sfs2008-20120206-00207.html

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.

Monday Oct 03, 2011

New SPC benchmark for the 7420

Oracle announced today a great new benchmark on SPC (Storage Performance Council) for our 7420. Instead of re-writing everything already written, please go see this excellent blog entry by Roch at http://blogs.oracle.com/roch/entry/fast_safe_cheap_pick_3

It explains the new results and why they're so cool.

Go to http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1 to see the results. Scroll down to the "O" section for oracle, and the 7420 results is the first one.

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