Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance Delivers Top High-End Price/Performance Result for SPC-2 Benchmark

Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivered leading high-end price/performance on the SPC Benchmark 2 (SPC-2).

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivered a result of 10,704 SPC-2 MB/s at $35.24 $/SPC-2 MB/s on the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance beats the IBM DS8800 result by over 10% on SPC-2 MB/s and has 7.7x better $/SPC-2 MB/s.

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance achieved the best price/performance for the top 18 posted unique performance results on the SPC-2 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

SPC-2 Performance Chart (in decreasing performance order)

System SPC-2
MB/s
$/SPC-2
MB/s
ASU
Capacity
(GB)
TSC Price Data
Protection
Level
Date Results
Identifier
HP StorageWorks P9500 13,148 $88.34 129,112 $1,161,504 RAID-5 03/07/12 B00056
Sun ZFS Storage 7420 10,704 $35.24 31,884 $377,225 Mirroring 04/12/12 B00058
IBM DS8800 9,706 $270.38 71,537 $2,624,257 RAID-5 12/01/10 B00051
HP XP24000 8,725 $187.45 18,401 $1,635,434 Mirroring 09/08/08 B00035
Hitachi Storage Platform V 8,725 $187.49 18,401 $1,635,770 Mirroring 09/08/08 B00036
TMS RamSan-630 8,323 $49.37 8,117 $410,927 RAID-5 05/10/11 B00054
IBM XIV 7,468 $152.34 154,619 $1,137,641 RAID-1 10/19/11 BE00001
IBM DS8700 7,247 $277.22 32,642 $2,009,007 RAID-5 11/30/09 B00049
IBM SAN Vol Ctlr 4.2 7,084 $463.66 101,155 $3,284,767 RAID-5 07/12/07 B00024
Fujitsu ETERNUS DX440 S2 5,768 $66.50 42,133 $383,576 Mirroring 04/12/12 B00057
IBM DS5300 5,634 $74.13 16,383 $417,648 RAID-5 10/21/09 B00045
Sun Storage 6780 5,634 $47.03 16,383 $264,999 RAID-5 10/28/09 B00047
IBM DS5300 5,544 $75.33 14,043 $417,648 RAID-6 10/21/09 B00046
Sun Storage 6780 5,544 $47.80 14,043 $264,999 RAID-6 10/28/09 B00048
IBM DS5300 4,818 $93.80 16,383 $451,986 RAID-5 09/25/08 B00037
Sun Storage 6780 4,818 $53.61 16,383 $258,329 RAID-5 02/02/09 B00039
IBM DS5300 4,676 $96.67 14,043 $451,986 RAID-6 09/25/08 B00038
Sun Storage 6780 4,676 $55.25 14,043 $258,329 RAID-6 02/03/09 B00040
IBM SAN Vol Ctlr 4.1 4,544 $400.78 51,265 $1,821,301 RAID-5 09/12/06 B00011
IBM SAN Vol Ctlr 3.1 3,518 $563.93 20,616 $1,983,785 Mirroring 12/14/05 B00001
Fujitsu ETERNUS8000 1100 3,481 $238.93 4,570 $831,649 Mirroring 03/08/07 B00019
IBM DS8300 3,218 $539.38 15,393 $1,735,473 Mirroring 12/14/05 B00006
IBM Storwize V7000 3,133 $71.32 29,914 $223,422 RAID-5 12/13/10 B00052

SPC-2 MB/s = the Performance Metric
$/SPC-2 MB/s = the Price/Performance Metric
ASU Capacity = the Capacity Metric
Data Protection = Data Protection Metric
TSC Price = Total Cost of Ownership Metric
Results Identifier = A unique identification of the result Metric

Complete SPC-2 benchmark results may be found at http://www.storageperformance.org.

Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance in clustered configuration
2 x Sun ZFS Storage 7420 controllers, each with
4 x 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon X7550 processors
512 GB memory, 64 x 8 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 DIMMs
16 x Sun Disk shelves, each with
24 x 300 GB 15K RPM SAS-2 drives

Server Configuration:

1 x Sun Fire X4470 server, with
4 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E7-4870 processors
512 GB memory
8 x 8 Gb FC connections to the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11

2 x Sun Fire X4470 servers, each with
4 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E7-4870 processors
256 GB memory
8 x 8 Gb FC connections to the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11

Benchmark Description

SPC Benchmark-2 (SPC-2): Consists of three distinct workloads designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem during the execution of business critical applications that require the large-scale, sequential movement of data. Those applications are characterized predominately by large I/Os organized into one or more concurrent sequential patterns. A description of each of the three SPC-2 workloads is listed below as well as examples of applications characterized by each workload.

  • Large File Processing: Applications in a wide range of fields, which require simple sequential process of one or more large files such as scientific computing and large-scale financial processing.
  • Large Database Queries: Applications that involve scans or joins of large relational tables, such as those performed for data mining or business intelligence.
  • Video on Demand: Applications that provide individualized video entertainment to a community of subscribers by drawing from a digital film library.

SPC-2 is built to:

  • Provide a level playing field for test sponsors.
  • Produce results that are powerful and yet simple to use.
  • Provide value for engineers as well as IT consumers and solution integrators.
  • Is easy to run, easy to audit/verify, and easy to use to report official results.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPC-2, SPC-2 MB/s, $/SPC-2 MB/s are registered trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC). Results as of April 12, 2012, for more information see www.storageperformance.org. Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc2#b00058; IBM DS8800 http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc2#b00051.

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