By Darius Zanganeh on Apr 18, 2012
Another SPECsfs submission, and another confirmation that ZFSSA is a force to be reckoned with in the NFS world. The Oracle ZFSSA continues to astound with its performance benchmark numbers. Today Oracle posted the anticipated SPECsfs benchmark numbers for the 7420 that simply leave you wondering HOW? How is Oracle technology so much faster, cost effective and efficient than the competition? I say efficient because Oracle continues to post impressive performance benchmarks surpassing competitor’s multi-million dollar configurations with 2-5X lower price points.
For this comparison, I grabbed the top 2-node 6240 Netapp cluster, a recent Hitachi/Bluearc submission as well as a 28 node SSD Isilon cluster (not really realistic). The Netapp is fairly close in terms of number of drives and number of controllers which makes it a good comparison. However, the ZFSSA provides 40% more performance than the 6240 at a $700,000 lower price point!! This doesn't even factor in maintenance costs, extra software licensing and its lack of DTrace Analytics. I will demo these in an upcoming post.
Another interesting point if you dig into the details, during NetApp’s max 190k IOPS their latency is 3.6ms , on the other hand the ZFSSA has only 1.7ms latency for 202k IOPS. That means with the same 190k IOPS workload Oracle would respond over 2x faster! I threw Isilon in the mix because they refuse to post to SPC2 even though they are usually purchased for high bandwidth applications. They are over $2 Million dollars more than the ZFSSA for still posting lower performance. Hitachi is included due to market perception they have a competitive NFS system for performance.
SPEC SFS Result ops/sec (Higher is Better)
|Peak Response Time (Lower is Better)||Overall Response time (Lower is Better)||# of Disks||Exported TB||Estimated List Price||$/IOPS|
|Oracle 7420||267928||3.1||1.31||280||36.32||$430,332||$ 1.61|
|Netapp 6240 - 4n||260388||4.8||1.53||288||48||$1,606,048||$ 6.17|
|Isilon S200 - 28n||230782||7.8||3.20||672||172.3||$2,453,708||$ 10.63|
|Netapp 6240||190675||3.6||1.17||288||85.8||$1,178,868||$ 6.18|
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