DataCore, a Kusnetzky Group client, in partnership with Lenovo, just announced that they have received excellent results running the SPC-1 benchmark. The audited results of the benchmark positioned the combination of DataCore’s intelligent storage technology, described by the company as “Parallel IO,” combined with Lenovo’s hyper-converged system technology as the leader in SPC-1 price performance with a rating of $0.08 per SPC-1 IO operations per second (IOPS). DataCore points out that this is a 300% improvement over the previous record.
In a world of benchmark results leapfrogging over other benchmark results, this level of improvement is impressive.
What is the SPC-1 benchmark?
The Storage Performance Council (SPC) is one of a number of organizations providing standardized performance benchmarks. SPC, along with organizations such as the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) and the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), provide performance benchmarks designed to help enterprises compare how different systems support workloads. TPC focuses on transaction processing performance, SPEC focuses on processing performance and SPC focuses on storage system performance.
The SPC-1 benchmark is described by the Storage Performance Council in the following way:
“SPC-1 consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries as well as update operations. Examples of those types of applications include OLTP, database operations, and mail server implementations.”
What was the system configuration?
DataCore’s announcement points out that the record results were achieved on a hyper-converged solution featuring DataCore Parallel I/O software combined with a Lenovo System x3650 M5 multi-core server.
This configuration was designed to service both enterprise-class storage requirements and demanding database and transaction processing application workloads on the same platform.
I’ve spoken with DataCore on many occasions in the past. Their storage virtualization, Parallel IO, and intelligent storage software are well known for their ability to offer advanced storage capabilities using the enterprise’s currently installed NAS and SAN configurations without requiring hardware changes.
The company’s Parallel IO technology is something enterprises should consider because it can unleash the power of systems they already own and allow them to do more work.