Fujitsu, Vixel Set Storage Performance Benchmark

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Just days after DataCore Software broke the 50,000 I/O operations per second barrier, Fujitsu and Vixel cleared the 60,000 IOPS hurdle. Vixel also announced that Fujitsu will expand its usage of InSpeed technology into additional ETERNUS model storage solutions.

Vixel marketing VP Beth White says the record-breaking results “are yet another point of substantiation for our award-winning InSpeed embedded storage switching technology…Its performance benefits are helping to address the latency issues that occur as solutions providers scale their storage systems and introduce higher drive counts.”

The Fujitsu ETERNUS3000 Model 600M uses Vixel’s InSpeed SOC (Switch-On-a-Chip) in an SBOD (Switched Bunch Of Disks) application, which gives it high-performance switched connectivity within the drive drawers to each individual drive. Creating a switched back-end architecture using InSpeed in an SBOD configuration provides drive isolation and enhances the performance and reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) characteristics of storage solutions, according to Vixel.

“With the ETERNUS 600, Fujitsu has delivered a unique solution that combines midrange-level cost effectiveness with enterprise-level performance, flexible capacity, and world-class reliability and non-stop operation,” says Koichi Ueda, general manager, Storage System Development Division, Enterprise Systems Group, Fujitsu Limited.

The ETERNUS series comes in low, mid, and enterprise-class storage solutions, and offers the fastest rotational drive speeds in the industry at 15,000 RPM, according to Fujitsu. The ETERNUS3000 Model 600M is a mid-level solution that incorporates many enterprise-level features and supports up to 35 TB of data and 240 drives, the company says.

Breaking the SPC-1 Benchmark

In a Storage Performance Council SPC-1 Benchmark test report filed Aug. 11, the Fujitsu ETERNUS3000 Model 600M, powered by Vixel Corp.’s InSpeed technology, produced an SPC-1 IOPS rate of 64,249.77, with an SPC-1 Price-Performance value of $32.72 at an ASU Capacity of 15,609 GB. In comparison, the former record holder DataCore reported a $6.11 price-performance value, a number bested only by a Dell SCSI RAID system, and an ASU Capacity of 1,407 GB.

“The performance information from the Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark provides very useful information for evaluating storage system performance in online transaction processing environments,” states a new white paper by the Evaluator Group.

“The information helps in the overall consideration for a storage purchase. Beyond performance are many other criteria such as service and support, advanced features (point-in-time copy and remote copy, for instance), warranty, etc.,” the white paper continues.

“The overall performance within a response time window that is acceptable to a customer is one piece of the puzzle, but also important is the price-performance number representing the price to be paid for that performance.”

The complete benchmark results can be found at

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Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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