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Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 Shows 1.8x Generational Performance Improvement on SPC-2 Benchmark

Brian Whitney
Principal Software Engineer

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance delivered 1.8x improved performance and 1.3x improved price performance over the previous generation Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 appliance as shown by the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • Running the SPC-2 benchmark, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance delivered SPC-2 Price-Performance of $17.09 and an overall score of 31,486.23 SPC-2 MBPS.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage continues its strong price performance by occupying the three of the top five SPC-2 price performance.

  • Oracle holds the three of the top four performance results on the SPC-2 benchmark for HDD based systems.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance has a 7.6x price-performance advantage over the IBM DS8870 and 2x performance advantage as measured by the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance has a 5.0x performance advantage over the new Fujitsu DX200 S3 as measured by the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance has a 4.6x price-performance advantage over the Fujitsu ET8700 S2 and 1.9x performance advantage as shown by the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance has a 4.6x price-performance advantage over the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and 1.96x performance advantage as measured by the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance has a 1.6x price-performance advantage over the HP XP7 disk array as shown by the SPC-2 benchmark (HP even discounted their hardware 63%).

Performance Landscape

SPC-2 Price-Performance

Below is a table of the top SPC-2 Price-Performance results for HDD storage based systems, presented in increasing price-performance order (as of 03/17/2015).  The complete set of results may be found at SPC2 top 10 Price-Performance list.

System SPC-2
MBPS
$/SPC-2
MBPS
Results
Identifier
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 16,212.66 $12.08 BE00002
Fujitsu Eternus DX200 S3 6,266.50 $15.42 B00071
SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 8,855.70 $15.97 B00065
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 31,486.23 $17.09 B00072
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 17,244.22 $22.53 B00067
NEC Storage M700 14,408.89 $25.10 B00066
Sun StorageTek 2530 663.51 $26.48 B00026
HP XP7 storage 43,012.53 $28.30 B00070
Fujitsu ETERNUS DX80 S2 2,685.50 $28.48 B00055
SGI InfiniteStorage 5500-SP 4,064.49 $28.57 B00059
Hitachi Unified Storage VM 11,274.83 $32.64 B00069

SPC-2 MBPS = the Performance Metric
$/SPC-2 MBPS = the Price-Performance Metric
Results Identifier = A unique identification of the result

SPC-2 Performance

The following table list the top SPC-2 -Performance results for HDD storage based systems, presented in decreasing performance order (as of 03/17/2015).  The complete set of results may be found at the SPC2 top 10 Performance list.

HDD Based Systems SPC-2
MBPS
$/SPC-2
MBPS
TSC Price Results
Identifier
HP XP7 storage 43,012.52 $28.30 $1,217,462 B00070
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 31,486.23 $17.09 $538,050 B00072
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 17,244.22 $22.53 $388,472 B00067
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 16,212.66 $12.08 $195,915 BE00002
Fujitsu ETERNUS DX8870 S2 16,038.74 $79.51 $1,275,163 B00063
IBM System Storage DS8870 15,423.66 $131.21 $2,023,742 B00062
IBM SAN VC v6.4 14,581.03 $129.14 $1,883,037 B00061
Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 13,147.87 $95.38 $1,254,093 B00060
HP StorageWorks P9500 XP Storage Array 13,147.87 $88.34 $1,161,504 B00056

SPC-2 MBPS = the Performance Metric
$/SPC-2 MBPS = the Price-Performance 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/results/benchmark_results_spc2.

Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 storage system in clustered configuration
2 x Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 controllers with
8 x Intel Xeon processors
3 TB memory
24 x Oracle Storage Drive Enclosure DE2-24P, each with
24 x 300 GB 10K RPM SAS-2 drives

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 and SPC-2 MBPS are registered trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC).  Results as of March 17, 2015, for more information see www.storageperformance.org.

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 - B00072, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 - BE00002, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 - B00067, Fujitsu ETERNUS DX80 S2, B00055, Fujitsu ETERNUS DX8870 S2 - B00063, Fujitsu ETERNUS DX200 S3 - B00071, HP StorageWorks P9500 XP Storage Array - B00056, HP XP7 Storage Array - B00070, Hitachi Unified Storage VM - B00069, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) - B00060, IBM SAN VC v6.4 - B00061, IBM System Storage DS8870 - B00062, IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 - BE00001, NEC Storage M700 - B00066, SGI InfiniteStorage 5500-SP - B00059, SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 - B00065, Sun StorageTek 2530 - B00026.

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