Sun Microsystems Unveils Fully Integrated, High Performance Flash Storage Arrays Designed to Accelerate Databases and Enterprise Applications

Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:50am EDT

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New Fully Integrated Flash Arrays Increase Oracle and MySQL Database Performance
By Up to a Factor of 10, with Up to 80%Reduction in Operating Costs
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced a significant leap forward
in the industry with the introduction of new Sun(TM) Storage F5100 Flash Array
that extends Sun's flash portfolio with the latest innovation that offers
customers the best way to scale storage performance. The first enterprise server
and storage company to bring fully-integrated Flash-based storage with
Flash-optimized software to the enterprise, Sun's new flash array is designed to
accelerate Oracle(R) and MySQL(TM) database workloads and optimize storage
architectures for higher performance at lower cost. 

The Sun F5100 Flash Array features up to two terabytes of solid-state Flash
capacity and an unprecedented 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS
performance in a single rack unit (1.75 inches) - yet consumes just 300 watts.
This new high-performance, super-efficient storage array delivers 1.6 million
IOPS of performance, which is comparable to 3,000 enterprise hard disk drives
that span over 14 data center racks and consume more than ten times the energy
(40,000 watts). 

Sun has achieved world-record performance of 12.8 gigabyte-per-second of I/O
bandwidth from one Sun F5100 array. Each Sun F5100 array is one rack-unit in
height and can be zoned and connected to up to 16 separate hosts so that a
single F5100 can be used by more than one application environment. Included
unified management and monitoring software provides a single storage management
window across a wide range of operating systems. 

"Today's announcements build on Sun's strategy to lead a new storage hierarchy
driven by flash technology to accelerate I/O throughput. No other vendor today
is shipping fully-integrated flash-based hardware and software that leverages a
world-class operating system to deliver breakthrough performance and value to
our customers," said John Fowler, executive vice-president, Systems Group, Sun

Sun Servers with FlashFire Technology Deliver World Record Performance Across
Prominent Enterprise and High-Performance Computing Workloads

The Sun(TM) Storage F5100 Flash Array enabled the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000
server to produce a world record result on the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise
Payroll 9.0 N.A. application benchmark that represents typical online
transaction processing workloads for processing employee payroll. The
high-performance, high-density Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array dramatically
improved I/O performance for this application with ten times better latency
versus traditional fibre channel disks while, at the same time, work with Oracle
Database 11g to process up to 250,000 employee payroll checks. 

Additionally, the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array worked with the Sun Fire(TM)
X4270 server to deliver the best performance on a suite of Mechanical
Computer-Aided Engineering (MCAE) application tests that included MSC/NASTRAN,
Abaqus/Standard and ANSYS 12.0. The combination of Sun Flash storage and server
technologies delivered a world record result on Abaqus/Standard and demonstrated
between 65% and up to 2x improvement on various subsets of ANSYS 12.0 BMD and
MSC/NASTRAN compared to the internal SAS disks configured with RAID0. These
applications are based on the finite element method of analysis (FEA) and
represent the more I/O intensive group of MCAE workloads making Sun Storage
F5100 Flash Array a natural fit. 

For more information on these leading benchmarks please visit: Look for additional benchmark announcements for Sun
Storage F5100 Flash Array during Oracle Open World (October 12-15, 2009). 

"San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has been evaluating the F5100 Flash
Storage array as a high performance SamQFS metadata target, which sits at the
core of our archiving services and hosts well over one hundred million files.
Performance improvement of 2.5 to four times was demonstrated for file creation
and metadata scans, such as listing and backups. Further testing will be done
using the Sun Storage F5100 as a Lustre metadata target, high speed storage pool
in Lustre 2.0 for user checkpoint data, Oracle database storage device and
out-of-core storage device on an HPC cluster," said Don Thorp, Production
Systems, San Diego Supercomputer Center. 

Flash Performs Best When Integrated with Software

Getting the best performance from these and other Flash devices is simplified
through the use of Sun's ZFS Hybrid Storage Pools feature included in the
Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS). The built-in automated tuning and extra
resiliency features make it a popular choice for many customers. 

"Oracle customers are accustomed to getting great value from their Oracle
Database deployments and are looking for best-in-class products to optimize
response time from their database applications," said Andy Mendelsohn, senior
vice-president, Database Group, Oracle. "Oracle and Sun Fire systems running
Solaris OS are proven to deliver world-class reliability, scalability and
performance for enterprise customers and we look forward to extending this
success into this new family of FlashFire-based storage products." 

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