HPE trots out benchmark blaster flash array as PCs become distant memory
Flash 3PAR flagship creams VMAX
An all-flash 3PAR array has stormed to the top of the SPC-2 benchmark charts. Nice one HPE, you've timed it just right for your independence from PCs and printers.
The 3PAR 20850 scored 62,844 aggregate MB/sec, topping EMC’s VMAX 400K and its 55,643.78 MB/sec.
This benchmark measure array performance in terms of throughput (MB/sec) and (discounted) price/performance with an overall pair of numbers calculated from three component workloads; large file processing, large database query, and video-on-demand.
HP’s 8-controller node array used mirrored flash, providing 28.86TB of addressable capacity, from 144 480GB SSDs in 24 drive enclosures. There was an embedded Brocade16Gbit/s Fibre Channel switch used for incoming array access requests. The total list price was $3.2m, discounted to $1.25m.
We’ve charted various SPC-2 array scores, with price/performance on the vertical axis and throughput on the horizontal one. Generally, arrays that are located lower and to the right have better SPC-2 scores. We should point out that this is also a history chart as arrays that are positioned higher and to the left tend to be older ones, and may not even be available any more.
Having said that, we can see from the chart that the 3PAR 20850 has far exceeded the scores of Kaminario’s all-flash K2 v4 (33,474.93 MB/sec) and also Oracle’s ZS4-4 (31,486.23 MB/sec). Read an HP blog brag about this SPC-2 result here. HP is now king of the SPC-2 jungle. ®