Sun Microsystems has released benchmark numbers for its low-end 2540 and 2530 disk arrays that it says show twice the bang per buck of rival HP hardware.
The two Sun StorageTek 2500 series arrays are based on controllers OEM’ed from LSI Logic, and were tested to the Storage Performance Council’s SPC-2 benchmark, which is tailored to simulate workloads biased towards sequential throughputs.
Sun cited HP’s SPC-2 results that were published earlier this year and showed a cost of $73 for each MB per second of SPC-2 throughput, achieved on an HP StorageWorks MSA 1000 SCSI set-up with carrying a list price of $20,868, and storing 363GB of mirrored test data.
In contrast a Sun 2530 array cost $32 for each SPC-2 MBPS, and carried a list price of $21,737 for a set up with 24-off 73GB SAS drives storing 855GB of test data. A larger Sun 2540 cost $46 per SPC-2 MPBS, and carried a list price of $33,772 for a set-up using 36 SAS drives to store 1.3TB of test data.
By press time last night HP had been unable to respond to Computer Business Review’s request for comment on the test results, or on rumors that the somewhat long-in-the-tooth MSA is due to be replaced next year.
The LSI controllers powering the Sun 2530 and 2540 boxes also power arrays sold by IBM and Dell, according to Sun’s Sun’s storage benchmark manager Leah Schoeb.
Schoeb said that although those IBM and Dell boxes are likely to deliver performance within 5% of the Sun devices, but claimed that they too are around twice the price of Sun’s gear.
While IBM and Dell buy the entire array from LSI, Schoeb said that Sun is only buys the controllers from LSI, around which it building the rest of the 2500 series array.
The trays, the software, the packaging we do ourselves. That’s why we’re consistently half the price of the competition. That’s what OEM’ing is about, she said.