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A deeper look at the HP 3PAR SPC-1 results

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy


I recently did a blog post about the HP 3PAR P10000 V800 SPC-1 results.  I'm not a performance expert and my blog post was high level.  I thought it would be worth hitting the topic one more time with someone that could talk me through some of the details of the benchmark.  That's what I have for you today.


My guest on the podcast is Paul Haverfield.  Paul is principal storage technologist for HP Storage in Asia Pacific and Japan.  He's responsible for educating customers on storage technologies, trends, and best practices.  As you'll hear in the podcast, his experience includes performance and he's spent a lot of time looking at performance benchmarks like the SPC-1. 


In the podcast, Paul and I talk about a few graphics and I'll include those in the blog as well as a PDF attachment at the bottom that you can download.   Here's the podcast with Paul:



You can also download this podcast by right-clicking here and saving the file OR you can download all of my podcasts from iTunes by clicking here - it will open iTunes and allow you to download all of my recent podcasts.  If you have any issues with this second link, paste this into your browser: itpc://   "itpc" is a special format that opens iTunes and lets you download the podcasts from iTunes. 


Here are the graphics we talked about.  First is this look at the top 6 SPC-1 benchmarks.



The next graphic looks at all the most recent SPC-1 benchmarks and plots response time against total IOPS.




The third graphic shows total IOPS to $ per IOPS and adds a dimension in the size of the circles that represents the capacity written and read by the SPC-1 benchmark.  Paul and I discuss this in the podcast.




The last graphic compares total IOPS and Tested Storage Configuration (TSC) command lines per TB - which is a measure of the complexity to deploy the storage used.  This graphic also includes the same circles representing the capacity used by the SPC-1 benchmark. 




As you'll hear (and see from the graphics), the impressive thing about the HP 3PAR results is that the results are so balanced across dimensions of overall IOPS, $/IOPS, capacity utilization, and more.  A customer can confidently consolidate many workloads on HP 3PAR and the system will scale small to large and maintain predictable performance.  And you don't have to sacrifice capacity utilization rates to get this.  A great analogy I heard is that HP 3PAR is the best apartment block to house multiple tenants. 


You can learn more about HP 3PAR on its product page and check out this Flash-based product tour.

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