Sun Picks On IBM

Sun Microsystems is bragging that its Sun StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel bested the IBM TotalStorage FAStT600 with Turbo Option in the Storage Performance Council’s industry-standard benchmark.

Sun says the StorEdge 3510 delivered 17% more performance and 33% more price-performance with 30% less storage than the FAStT600 Turbo.

The measurement was run on an entry-level Sun StorEdge 3510 FC system, in conjunction with a Sun Fire 6800 server, and delivered 11,049.60 SPC-1 Input/Output operations per second (IOPS), with an SPC-1 price-performance of $7.95/SPC-1 IOPS and total ASU Capacity of 644.20 GB (data protection level of mirrored).

In comparison, the IBM FAStT600 Turbo performed at 9,099.60 SPC-1 IOPS, with an SPC-1 price-performance of $11.86 and total ASU Capacity of 478.44 GB (data protection level of mirrored).

Sun says it chose the FAStT600 Turbo’s results for comparison over other benchmarks — including DataCore’s smoking 50,000 IOPS and price-performance of $6.11 — because IBM was the only competitor that had published an SPC benchmark for entry-level Fibre Channel storage. Also, the company says it focused on the entry-level products that the StorEdge 3510 would be competing head-to-head with in the marketplace.

Randal Segrillo, Sun’s manager for storage technical marketing, told Enterprise Storage Forum that DataCore is “not an integrated system,” but rather is put together with DataCore’s SANsymphony software and Dell servers. Customers, he contends, want an integrated system that is easy to install. Plus, the DataCore system carries a price tag of $311,000, compared to $87,889 for the Sun system and $107,900 for the IBM system.

Segrillo maintains Sun’s benchmark was also done using almost 100% of the available storage, with no “short-stroking” to boost results.

The results, he says, “reinforces Sun’s position as a price-performance leader.”

Full configuration details and results can be found at: http://www.storageperformance.org/results.html.

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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 Time.com, 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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