By Darius Zanganeh-Oracle on Sep 10, 2013
Today Oracle released two new storage products and also posted two World Record Benchmarks!
First, Oracle posted a new SPC-2 throughput benchmark that is faster than anything else posted on the planet! The benchmark came in at 17,244 MBPS. What is probably even more amazing then this result is the cost of the system to accomplish this benchmark. Oracle by far has the lowest cost per MBPS compared to our major competitors coming in at $22.53. IBM by contrast comes in at $131.21. I should also note that Oracle accomplished this with less hardware then IBM. The ZS3-4 entry uses 384 drives while the IBM DS8700 uses 480 drives. When it comes to throughput applications the Oracle ZS3-4 beats every competitor in every category of the SPC-2 Benchmark. You can read the details here yourself. http://www.storageperformance.org/benchmark_results_files/SPC-2/Oracle_SPC-2/B00067_Oracle_ZFS-ZS3-4/b00067_Oracle_ZFS_Storage_ZS3-4_SPC-2_executive-summary.pdf
The second benchmark posted was the SPECsfs2008 benchmark. Full Disclosure: SPECsfs2008 is the latest version of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation benchmark suite measuring file server throughput and response time. Oracle did break the World Record response time measurement coming in at .70ms. Oracle did not break the record for most operations per second, but in many ways those benchmarks are sort of silly because you would be comparing such apples and oranges. The Oracle benchmark is based on a standard 2-node cluster with some disk and flash behind it. The vendors with higher OPS/sec numbers have mostly enormous configs or all flash configs which are mostly irrelevant for all but a few niche workloads. For the average NAS user the ZS3-4 config used for this benchmark is perfectly inline with what most customer purchase to run things like Oracle Databases, VMware, MS SQL etc...
The closest 2 node cluster comparable is the recent Hitachi HNAS 4100 which came in at 293,128 OPS/sec with a latency of 1.67ms. Compare that to the 2 node ZS3-4 entry with 450,702 OPS/sec and .70ms latency. That latency is more then twice as fast as the Hitachi's and it still blows it away in OPS/sec. They both have very close to the same number of drives as well which is interesting. You can read the actual results here. http://www.spec.org/sfs2008/results/res2013q3/sfs2008-20130819-00228.html. With the new ZFS Storage Appliance hardware/software combo Oracle can clearly see the competition in the rearview mirror when it comes to performance. Many analyst's have also recently commented on the Oracle ZFS Storage Line-up.