What’s an SPC-1 Benchmark between friends, or even competitors? A good result means performance that translates to value for customers.
We don’t want to brag… but we just published some pretty important benchmarks for the AssuredSAN Pro 5000, which demonstrates both its impressive value/performance characteristics and also the clear benefit of real-time SSD tiering.
The AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Series
real-time tiering solution produced over 39,000 SPC-1 IOPS (input/output operations per second)
as part of a new SPC-1 benchmark result submission to the Storage Performance Council (SPC). The SPC-1 Total Price
of $115,407, or $2.96 per SPC-1 IOP, for the benchmark configuration illustrates exceptional value for midrange customers.
What is Special about SPC and its Benchmarking Process?
The SPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define, standardize and promote storage benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable storage performance data to the computer industry and its customers. The organization’s strategic objectives are to empower storage to more rapidly trust and deploy multi-vendor storage technology.
The SPC-1 benchmark is a true appraisal of enterprise storage performance and measures total IOPS, price-performance (cost per IOPS), and total cost of ownership (which includes three years of warranty support). The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 demonstrated the best combination of SPC-1 Price-
Performance for midrange systems (priced between $30,000 and $200,000) at $2.96 per IOPS, with the lowest cost per GB at $6.48 , proving that a high performance tiered storage system can be cost-effective. The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 SPC-1 Result also reported very low average latency under 7 milliseconds with the SPC-1 mix of 39.42% reads and 60.58% writes.
SSD Tier Boosts Performance by 85%
During the test performed by Dot Hill, the effect of Dot Hill’s real time tiering was demonstrated as the storage array autonomically adapted to the SPC-1’s dynamic workload: there was an 85% increase in performance when comparing the reported
performance at the start of the Ramp-Up Test Run’s measurement interval to the reported performance of the Sustainability Test Run.
SPC-1 Workload Described
SPC-1 benchmark results provide a source of comparative storage performance information that is objective, relevant, and verifiable. SPC-1 consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries as well as update operations. Examples of those types of applications include OLTP, database operations, and mail server implementations.
The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 configuration used for the SPC-1 testing consisted of three 2U chassis, 39.2 TB of raw capacity with 8 SSD drives and 64 HDD drives. RealStor software and three year warranty support was factored into a total price of $115,407.
Read the Executive Summary or Full Disclosure Report for submission A00127.
More about the Pro 5000 Storage System
 The Executive Summary and Full Disclosure Report for the AssuredSAN 5000 Pro Series is available at the Storage Performance Council web site at http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1#a00127
 “Cost per GB” was calculated by Dot Hill as follows:
SPC-1 Total Price divided by Total ASU Capacity equals “Cost per GB” … or …$115,407.15 / 17,801.996 GB = $6.48.
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