Oracle Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array Delivers World Record SPC-1C Performance

Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered world record performance on the SPC-1C benchmark. The SPC-1C benchmark shows the advantage of Oracle's FlashFire technology.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered world record SPC-1C performance of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array requires half the rack space of the of the next best result, the IBM System Storage EXP12S.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered nearly seven times better SPC-1C IOPS performance than the next best SPC-1C result, the IBM System Storage EXP12S with 8 SSDs.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered the world record SPC-1C LRT (response time) performance of 330 microseconds, and a full load response time of 2.63 milliseconds, which is over 2.5x better than the IBM System Storage EXP12S SPC-1C result.

  • Compared to the IBM result, the Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered 2.7x better access density (SPC-1C IOPS/ ASU GB), 3.9x better price/performance (TSC/ SPC-1C IOPS) and 31% better tested $/GB (TSC/ ASU) as part of these SPC-1C benchmark results.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered world record SPC-1C performance using the SPC-1C workload driven by the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server. This type of workload is similar to database acceleration workloads where the storage is used as a low-latency cache. Typically these applications do not require data protection.

Performance Landscape

System SPC-1C
IOPS
ASU
Capacity
(GB)
TSC Data
Protection
Level
LRT
Response
(usecs)
Access
Density
Price
/Perf
$/GB Identifier
Sun F5100 300,873.47 1374.390 $151,381 unprotected 330 218.9 $0.50 110.1 C00010
IBM EXP12S 45,000.20 547.610 $87,486 unprotected 460 82.2 $1.94 159.8 E00001

SPC-1C IOPS – SPC-1C performance metric, bigger is better
ASU Capacity – Application storage unit capacity (in GB)
TSC – Total price of tested storage configuration, smaller is better
Data Protection Level – Data protection level used in benchmark
LRT Response (usecs) – Average response time (microseconds) of the 10% BSU load level test run, smaller is better
Access Density – Derived metric of SPC-1C IOPS / ASU GB, bigger is better
Price/Perf – Derived metric of TSC / SPC-1C IOPS, smaller is better
$/GB – Derived metric of TSC / ASU, smaller is better
Identifier – The SPC-1C submission identifier

Results and Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

1 x Sun Storage F5100 flash array with 80 FMODs

Hardware Configuration:

1 x Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server
16 x StorageTek PCIe SAS Host Bus Adapter, 8 Port

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10
SPC-1C benchmark kit

Benchmark Description

SPC-1C is the first SPC component-level benchmark applicable across a broad range of storage component products such as disk drives, host bus adapters (HBAs) intelligent enclosures, and storage software such as Logical Volume Managers. SPC-1C utilizes an identical workload as SPC-1, which is designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage component product while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries as well as update operations. Examples of those types of applications include OLTP, database operations, and mail server implementations.

SPC-1C configurations consist of one or more HBAs/Controllers and one of the following storage device configurations:

  • One, two, or four storage devices in a stand alone 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 4U enclosure profile (1 - 4U, 2 - 2U, 4 - 1U, etc.).

Key Points and Best Practices

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPC-1C, SPC-1C IOPS, SPC-1C LRT are trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC), see www.storageperformance.org for more information. Sun Storage F5100 flash array SPC-1C submission identifier C00010 results of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 1374.390 GB using unprotected data protection, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.33 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 2.63 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $151,381. 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 547.61 GB using unprotected data protection level, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.46 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 6.95 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $87,468.

The Sun Storage F5100 flash array is a 1RU (1.75") array. The IBM System Storage EXP12S is a 2RU (3.5") array.

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