There was a good deal of flash news from the storage vendors last week. IBM took the virtual wraps off their FlashSystem V9000 and 900 models. Were any of you watching the countdown excitement on their webpage? Earlier in the week Violin Memory announced that they have new FSP 7300 and 7700 arrays that are now good for primary storage (as opposed to flash for backups?).
HDS was making news as well with our Storage Performance Council report of SPC-1 test results of which we are rightly proud. Our Virtual Storage Platform G1000 with Hitachi Accelerated Flash shattered the previous record by more than 60%. The G1000 is the first storage system ever to exceed more than 2,000,000 SPC-1 IOPS-- 2,004,941.89 to be exact. You can read the full report here.
What we are particularly excited about in this report is that latencies (or response times to I/O requests) were less than 1 millisecond when averaged across the ASUs (application storage unit) even at a full load of 2 million SPC-1 IOPS. We think there is something to be said about delivering enormous levels of IOPS and doing so without degrading to response times that impact service levels. After all, aren’t most customers purchasing flash systems for better performance and shouldn’t that include very fast response times?
We also firmly believe that every flash storage vendors should back up their performance claims with public and standardized benchmark testing. This is why we would like to see all of our competitors participate and give customers the opportunity to make a fair comparison. Game on!