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While at SPC, Check Out Texas Memory Systems

by Administrator on January 30, 2008

While checking out the NetApp-EMC dueling SPC test data, I remembered an email forwarded to me by my ESJ editor today.

I thought Enterprise Systems would have an interest in this milestone technology announcement. Texas Memory Systems has set new world records for storage performance and price-performance with their RamSan-400 solid state disk (SSD). The records are based on audited test results submitted to the vendor-neutral Storage Performance Council (SPC). The announcement is below. This results are significant for any IT department running enterprise software because:

  • The records were achieved using standard servers and storage network equipment, not supercomputers.
  • SSDs are used to accelerate enterprise applications such as those based on Oracle, SQL, DB2, etc. Faster applications can support more concurrent users and very high volumes of simultaneous transactions. That’s why SSDs are used by banks, brokerage houses, stock exchanges and even online-gaming firms, as well as government, military and research organizations.
  • Using hard disk-based systems for performance needs, instead of a solid state disk, can be very costly. To get higher performance, users have to purchase significantly more hard disk capacity than they need. This wasted capacity still needs maintenance as well as significant power – not good for environmentally conscious IT departments. SSDs, particularly flash-based devices like the RamSan-500, draw relatively little power.

In the way of background, Texas Memory Systems has supplied enterprise-class solid state disks for over 25-years. They are known for setting new performance records. The RamSan-400 product that now holds the performance and price-performance records is already on the market.

If you would like to be briefed on these new records and their significance, I would be happy to arrange a call with Texas Memory Systems’ Executive Vice President, Woody Hutsell.  

Here was the press release, attached.

New Data Storage Performance Records Set Again by Texas Memory Systems

Texas Memory Systems RamSan-400 solid state disk produces a new world record SPC-1 performance and price-performance result.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, January 28, 2008 – Texas Memory Systems, Inc., producers of The World’s Fastest Storage®, today announced that it has broken the world data storage performance record and the data storage price-performance record again. The new records were achieved using standard server and storage network hardware and the Texas Memory Systems RamSan-400 solid state disk (SSD) – a device used by IT departments to increase the speed of their enterprise applications in order to accommodate more transactions and users.

Based on audited results submitted to the vendor-neutral Storage Performance Council (SPC), the Texas Memory Systems RamSan-400 solid state disk delivered a record 291,208.58 SPC-1 IOPS™ (input/output requests per second) with a record average response time of just 0.86 milliseconds*. The RamSan-400 also established a new SPC-1 Price-Performance™ record by delivering that performance at just $0.67 per SPC-1 IOPS.

“Texas Memory Systems is to be congratulated for its use of the industry-standard SPC-1 benchmark to validate the world record performance and price-performance of the RamSan-400,” said Walter E. Baker, Administrator of the Storage Performance Council. “This outstanding SPC-1 Result further illustrates the applicability of SPC Benchmarks to measure and compare a wide range of storage products including innovative solid state storage systems such as the RamSan-400.”

“This SPC Result demonstrates that when a firm needs better application performance, they cannot get faster storage or a lower cost per IOPS than they can with the RamSan solid state disk,” said Woody Hutsell, executive vice president at Texas Memory Systems. “Additionally, enterprises will no longer need to purchase and maintain surplus hard disk capacity just to get higher performance.”

Texas Memory Systems used “white box” servers with 4GB of memory to operate the SPC-1 benchmarking application. QLogic® QLE2462 host bus adapters and SANbox™ 5600 fabric switches were the only SAN elements.

CIOs in the financial, telecom, e-commerce, and online-gaming industries, as well as government, military, and research organizations, strategically use solid state disk to accelerate database-centric applications, such as those used for online transaction processing (OLTP), high definition video-editing, data warehousing, and rendering, because software applications running on solid state disks can accommodate more concurrent users and more simultaneous transactions.

Of course I will chat with Woody. I love that guy. (You know, in a heterosexual, platonic way.)

When’s the briefing?

Anyway, here’s the link to the SPC report.

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