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Another world record storage benchmark for HP

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy


A couple of weeks ago in the midst of the P4000 demo videos I was doing, the Storage Performance Council’s SPC-2 benchmark results for the HP P9500 XP Storage System were announced.  The P9500 set a worldwide BI/DW (business intelligence data warehousing) performance record, based on the benchmark. This world-record performance for tier 1 enterprise data center environments is great news for customer in mission critical business intelligence, data warehousing applications and video playback IT infrastructure.


We launched the P9500 XP Disk Array in the fall of 2010 and I've talked about it more than a few times on the blog.  You can find all the related posts by clicking on the P9500 label at the bottom of the blog (and of course I made it easy for you by giving you the link here).  It offers a lot for tier 1 customers including extreme availability and reliability, unmatched performance for a variety of applications, ease of use through virtualized thin provisioning technologies, and energy efficient high density disk storage technology.


Just give me the results man!

I'm not a performance expert and the SPC-2 benchmark is something I understand even less but let me give you a bit of the info on the results.  As with the SPC-1 benchmark, the submission that HP makes to the Storage Performance Council includes both an executive summary and the full disclosure report. If you're like me (meaning you have no problems sleeping at night and aren't a performance scientist), stick with a look at the exec summary. 


Here's a few things I see from it:

  • SPC-2 MBPS is 13,147.87.  What the heck is MBPS?  The report says its an aggregate data rate of three SPC-2 workloads: large file processing, large database query, and video on demand.
  • SPC-2 Price-Performance: $88.34
  • Application Storage Unit (ASU) Capacity: 129,111.985 GB
  • Total price: $1,161,503.90
  • Data Protection Level: RAID-5

As I search the SPC-2 results from other vendors, I don't see anything that comes close to these results.  I see another vendor from about a year ago that is around 25% less MBPS, 3X price-performance and over 2X more in total price.  Oracle hasn't submitted results since buying Sun, their latest results are from December 2009 so probably not fair to even look at those. 


Lastly I see a few vendors with lower price-performance (around half of our results) and also lower MBPS but none of them are tier-1 arrays.  You wouldn't be considering a P9500 XP Disk Array if you didn't want the bullet proof HA and DR solutions the P9500 offers. 


Congrats to the HP team that lead this effort!


winnieqin73 on ‎04-01-2012 10:08 AM - last edited on ‎04-02-2012 06:16 AM

I was actually looking for this resource a few weeks back. Thanks for sharing with us your wisdom.This will absolutely going to help me in my projects .



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Darius Zanganeh | ‎04-18-2012 12:25 AM

Oracle has submitted a very respectable result for less then half the cost of the P9500.

‎04-18-2012 03:17 PM - edited ‎04-18-2012 03:19 PM

Cost as well as performance are certainly important indicators for a storage system but I'd be willing to bet (I'm in Las Vegas now) that the Oracle system doesn't have the availability features of the P9500. In that regard, its unmatched.  Customers that use it are because they know once power up a P9500 XP Disk Array, it doesn't go down. Thanks for dropping by.

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