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  • March 18, 2015

Oracle Expands Storage Efficiency Leadership

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On March 17, 2015, a new SPC-2 result was posted for the
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 at 31,486.23 SPC-2 MBPSTM. (The SPC-2 benchmark, for those unfamiliar,
is an independent, industry-standard performance benchmark test for sequential
workload that simulates large file operations, database queries, and video
streaming.) This is the best throughput
number ever posted for a ~$1/2 million USD system, and its on-par with the best
in terms of raw sequential performance. (Note that the SPC-2 Total PriceTM metric includes three
years of support costs.) While achieving
a raw performance result of this level is impressive (and it is fast enough to
put us in the #3 overall performance spot, with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances
now holding 3 of the top 5 SPC-2 MBPSTM benchmark results), it is
even more impressive when looked at within the context of the “Top Ten” SPC-2
results.

System

SPC-2

MBPS

$/SPC-2

MBPS

TSC Price

Results

Identifier

HP XP7 storage

43,012.52

$28.30

$1,217,462

B00070

Kaminario K2

33,477.03

$29.79

$997,348.00

B00068

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4

31,486.22

$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

Source: “Top Ten”
SPC-2 Results, http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc2_top-ten

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.

SPC-2,
SPC-2/E, SPC-2 MBPS, SPC-2 Price-Performance, and SPC-2 TSC are trademarks of
Storage Performance Council (SPC).

Results as of March 16, 2015, for more information see http://www.storageperformance.org

Perhaps the better way to look at this top ten list is with
a graphical depiction. When you lay it
out with a reverse axis for SPC-2 Total PriceTM, you can get an
“up-and-to-the-right” is good effect, with a “fast and cheap” quadrant.

Looking at it this way, a couple of things are clear. Firstly, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is far and
away the fastest result anywhere near its price point. Sure, there are two faster systems, but they
are way more expensive, about a million USD or more. So you could almost buy two ZS4-4 systems for
the same money. A second point this
brings up is that the ZS3-2 model is the cheapest system in the top ten, and
has performance on par with or better than some of the very expensive systems
in the lower-left quadrant.

In fact, the ZS3-2 model has for some time now held the #1
position in SPC-2 price-performanceTM, with a score of $12.08 per
SPC-2 MBPSTM. So we already
have the performance efficiency leader in terms of the overall SPC-2
price-performanceTM metric, as well.

Of course, the efficiency story doesn’t stop with
performance. There’s also operational
efficiency to consider. Many others have
blogged about our D Trace storage analytics features, which provide deep
insight and faster time to resolution than about anything else out there, and
also our simple yet powerful browser user interface (BUI) and command line
interface (CLI) tools, so I won’t go deeply into all that. But, suffice it to say that we can get jobs
done faster, saving operational costs over time. Strategic Focus Group did a usability study
versus NetApp and found the following results:

Source: Strategic Focus Group Usability Comparison: https://go.oracle.com/LP=4206/?elqCampaignId=6667

All of this goes to show that the ZFS Storage Appliance
offers superior storage efficiency from performance, capex, and opex
perspectives. This is true in any
application environment. In fact all the
above metrics are storage-specific and agnostic as to who your platform or
application vendors are. Of course, as
good as this general storage efficiency is, it’s even better when you are
looking at an Oracle Database storage use case, where our unique co-engineered
features like Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol, our deep snapshot and
Enterprise Manager integration, and exclusive options like Hybrid Columnar
Compression come into play to make the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance even more
efficient.

The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is “efficient” by many
different metrics. All things taken in
total, we think it’s the most efficient storage system you can buy.

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