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New Benchmark Results Crown IBM Storage Virtualization the Highest Performing Solution in the World


IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that its flagship storage virtualization solution has achieved benchmark results through the Storage Performance Council (SPC), demonstrating that it is the highest performing storage virtualization solution in the world today -- with speeds over 75 percent above its predecessor.

The result of over four years of relentless innovation, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) storage virtualization solution allows for customers to achieve dramatic reductions in energy consumption while performance levels in the data center achieve all-time highs. It was four years ago this week that IBM first launch SAN Volume Controller.

IBM’s storage virtualization unlocks the proprietary hold that vendors such as EMC, HP and Hitachi have had on customers for years. With IBM SVC, customers can choose any combination of supported EMC, IBM, HP or Hitachi devices, virtualize them, and manage and deploy them easily and with greater flexibility than ever before.

Virtualization technologies help cusotmers consolidate work onto fewer servers, reduce energy and maintenance bills and simplify IT infrastructures. By increasing utilization of storage through the use of SVC, customers can significantly increase energy savings. Today, many businesses use just 30 to 50 percent of their available storage capacity, but a recent study of SVC customers by Forrester Consulting [1] found that SVC can help improve storage utilization by as much as 30 percent and helps reduce storage growth by as much as 20 percent.

“Today’s world record-breaking benchmark result for SVC displays IBM’s continued performance leadership in the storage industry,” said Barry Rudolph, vice president IBM System Storage. “We’ve also reached a milestone today with the fourth anniversary of SVC, demonstrating IBM’s industry leading legacy of innovation in storage virtualization technology. As businesses focus more and more on reducing power consumption in the data center, we expect to see customers deploying SVC even more extensively to help increase energy efficiency in their data centers while continuing to solve their toughest information on demand challenges.”

IBM SVC is one of the technology solutions included in Project Big Green, which IBM announced in May 2007. Project Big Green features new and existing energy efficient products and services along with a plan to sharply reduce data center energy consumption for IBM and its customers.

SPC benchmarks enable storage vendors to measure the raw performance of a storage hardware and software system to process complex queries and large volumes of data, which is then verified by members of the Storage Performance Council for consistency and accuracy. World-class performance results enable customers -- such as PHNS -- to process more data for a lower cost to better achieve their business goals.

PHNS Simplifies Business and Maintains High Availability with SVC

PHNS, a hospital services provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas, has implemented SVC to scale with their rapid growth and to provide unmatched availability for disaster recovery purposes. PHNS runs administrative, financial and clinical applications for hospitals and downtime is not an option.

PHNS manages their customers’ critical data from 17 data centers dispersed throughout the US, and, using SVC, manages more than 98 terabytes of data and provides redundant copies of business critical information in offsite locations for maximal availability. With SVC, PHNS expects to be able to reduce energy usage across their storage systems through storage consolidation and management technologies. SVC will allow PHNS to tap into their unused capacity without adding additional storage and using extra power.

“As healthcare technology innovations lead our customers increasingly in the direction of electronic medical images, records and data, we realize that it is imperative that our services are provided with 100 percent availability,” said Chris Walls, President of IT Services, PHNS. “With IBM and SVC, we feel confident in being able to supply our customers with this consistent uptime and availability, while also being able to run our data centers efficiently and consolidate our storage capacity and reduce energy usage.”

World Record-Breaking SPC Benchmark Results

IBM established a new world record in I/O throughput (IOPS, input/output requests per second) based on the SPC-1 result submitted for the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), demonstrating world record-breaking performance with an SPC-1 Result of 272,505.19 SPC-1 IOPS™ [2] -- more than 75 percent faster than its previous SPC-1 Result.

In addition, the SVC has produced an SPC-2 Result of 7,084.44 SPC-2 MBPS™ [3], 50 percent faster than its previous SPC-2 Result. Based on these two SPC Results, SVC remains the fastest storage system in all categories, in addition to topping any other vendor’s storage virtualization solution in the market today, and thus helping customers reduce power consumption and improve performance of their data centers.

The Storage Performance Council’s industry storage benchmark SPC-1™ consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem while performing 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. The SPC-2™ benchmark consists of three distinct workloads designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage configuration during the execution of business critical applications that require large-scale, sequential movement of data. Those applications are characterized predominately by large I/O Requests, which are organized into one or more concurrent sequential patterns.

“With these new SPC-1 and SPC-2 Results, IBM has achieved a significant industry milestone in demonstrating world record-breaking performance of its storage virtualization solution,” said Walter E. Baker, Administrator for the Storage Performance Council. “In addition to demonstrating the world class performance of the SVC, IBM’s current SPC Results validate the scalability of SPC benchmarks and their ability to accurately measure large, complex storage configurations that address very high-performance end user requirements.”

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