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HP 3PAR record SPC-1 benchmark

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy


Today HP and the Storage Performance Council (SPC) released the latest SPC-1 benchmark for the HP 3PAR P10000 V800 Storage System.  The results are impressive.  The 3PAR V800 achieved 450,212.66 SPC-1 IOP/s with a $6.59 per IOP/s cost.  More on that in a second.


The SPC-1 benchmark is considered by many to be as close to a real-world OLTP storage benchmark as anything out there.  But that isn't a statement without controversy.   There are a few vendors who have refused to submit results to SPC-1.  Here are a few of the SPC-1 pages you can check out for yourself:

Here's a graphic summary from the executive summary I link to above:


SPC-1 Summary.jpg

ASU Capacity is Application Storage Unit and is the total storage capacity read and written in the course of the benchmark.


A couple of points from this:


  • The $6.59 SPC-1 Price-Performance number is typical of a midrange array - nice that our 3PAR V800 as a tier 1 array delivers the best overall SPC-1 performance and does it at a midrange array price.
  • HP's previous submitted results were for the XP24000 Disk Array - if memory serves me right, at the time, that was the leading SPC-1 out there.  It was about 200,000 IOPS and it's price-performance was $17.96. This was from November 2007.
  • As a close comparison, IBM SVC (with 6-node cluster) had a good overall IOPS of 380,489 but their price-performance was nearly 3X our latest 3PAR benchmark. These results were submitted in April 2010.


Marc Farley has a nice summary of the SPC-1 results in his latest Candid Cab Cam video - check it out:



I know Marc is also working on a blog post - once he has his blog up, I'll add a link.  You can find his blog at .

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