ZFSSA Storage Stomps IBM DS8800 and XIV

Another benchmark completed by the ZFSSA engineering team with astounding results.  This is becoming expected and usual around Oracle these days.  This is the 3rd major benchmark for the ZFSSA in the last 7 months.  Oracle released the SPC2 benchmark which scored 10,704 MBPS and earned a 2nd place in performance and 1st in terms of $/MBPS by a long margin, especially against the IBM systems also on the top 10.  The HP P9500 currently holds the number 1 position in terms of performance but is more than 2x the cost of the Oracle solution. In addition I don’t believe the HP solution has any compression capabilities, which is another significant advantage of the ZFSSA.

 MBPS  System Cost
Oracle 7420  10704  $ 377,225.38
IBM DS8800  9706  $ 2,624,257.00
IBM XIV  7468  $ 1,137,641.30

EMC and Netapp both choose not to participate in this benchmark.  I can only guess this is likely because they would have to share their $/MBPS and might not make them look so shiny anymore.  I think they may say that the configs posted are ridiculous and would never be purchased by the common customer.  There is certainly some truth to that even with their previous SPEC SFS submissions. However, this is not an issue with the oracle submission, our tested system is both within reason and practicality of what a typical customer would purchase.  Benchmarks provide a valuable resource for customers to see how the same workload works on each vendor's box without doing an in-house disruptive POC bake off.  It is unfortunate, not all vendors submit results for this and other benchmarks.

The massive performance and aggressive price points reflected in this benchmark adds to the increasing number of reasons to consider the ZFS Storage Appliance for any of your upcoming SAN or NAS storage projects.

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