SPC-1 Sun Storage 6180 Array Over 70% Better Price Performance than IBM

Significance of Results

Results on the Sun Storage 6180 Array with 8Gb connectivity are presented for the SPC-1 benchmark.
  • The Sun Storage 6180 Array outperforms the IBM DS5020 by 72% in price performance on the SPC-1 benchmark.

  • The Sun Storage 6180 Array is 50% faster than the previous generation, Sun Storage 6140 Array and IBM DS4700 on the SPC-1 benchmark.

  • The Sun Storage 6180 Array betters the HDS 2100 by 27% in price performance on the SPC-1 benchmark.

  • The Sun Storage 6180 Array has 16% better IOPS/Drive performance than the HDS 2100 on the SPC-1 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

SPC-1 Performance Chart (in increasing price-performance order)

Sponsor System SPC-1 IOPS $/SPC-1 IOPS ASU
Capacity
(GB)
TSC Price Data
Protection
Level
Date Results
Identifier
HDS AMD 2300 42,502.61 $6.96 7,955.000 $295,740 Mirroring 3/24/09 A00077
HDS AMD 2100 31,498.58 $5.85 3,967.500 $187,321 Mirroring 3/24/09 A00076
Sun SS6180 (8Gb) 26,090.03 $4.70 5,145.060 $122,623 Mirroring 10/09/09 A00084
IBM DS5020 (8Gb) 26,090.03 $8.08 5,145.060 $210,782 Mirroring 8/25/09 A00081
Fujitsu DX80 19,492.86 $3.45 5,355.400 $67,296 Mirroring 9/14/09 A00082
Sun STK6140 (4Gb) 17,395.53 $4.93 1,963.269 $85,823 Mirroring 10/16/06 A00048
IBM DS4700 (4Gb) 17,195.84 $11.67 1,963.270 $200,666 Mirroring 8/21/06 A00046

SPC-1 IOPS = the Performance Metric
$/SPC-1 IOPS = 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-1 benchmark results may be found at http://www.storageperformance.org.

Results and Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

    80 x 146.8GB 15K RPM drives
    8 Qlogic HBA

Server Configuration:

    IBM system x3850 M2

Software Configuration:

    MS Windows 2003 Server SP2
    SPC-1 benchmark kit

Benchmark Description

SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1): is the first industry standard storage benchmark and is the most comprehensive performance analysis environment ever constructed for storage subsystems. The I/O workload in SPC-1 is characterized by predominately random I/O operations as typified by multi-user OLTP, database, and email servers environments. SPC-1 uses a highly efficient multi-threaded 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.

SPC1 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.

Key Points and Best Practices

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPC-1, SPC-1 IOPS, $/SPC-1 IOPS reg tm of Storage Performance Council (SPC). More info www.storageperformance.org. Sun Storage 6180 Array 26,090.03 SPC-1 IOPS, ASU Capacity 5,145.060GB, $/SPC-1 IOPS $4.70, Data Protection Mirroring, Cost $122,623, Ident. A00084.


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