It seems that every day that a radio or TV ad use the words ‘Virtualization’, ‘Small Business’, and ‘Affordable’ together.
Far too often the definition of Affordable and Small Business are way off the mark. We once had a sales rep from a not-to-be-disclosed software company refer to a 2500 person company as a ‘Small Business’. The definition changes! Today, a set of workloads were published by a 3rd party testing firm for the IBM DS3500. This is a go-to product for us in the small business space. It’s a workhorse that really is affordable. The results of the published evaluation completely shattered any expectation that we had for what the DS3500 could do. We knew it was fast, reliable, and affordable but the results really surprised all of us. Check these metrics out:
A single IBM System Storage DS3500 Express equipped with 10K RPM SAS drives attached to a pair of powerful multi-core servers running VMware ESX 4.1 with mix of real-world application workloads in 16 virtual machines supports up to:
- 20,458 mailboxes using the Microsoft Exchange 2010 Jetstress utility
- and 3,724 database IOs per second for small OLTP IOs with the Oracle Orion utility
- and 856 MB/sec of throughput for large OLAP Oracle Orion operations
- and 3,490 simulated web server IOPs
- and 1,260 MB/sec of throughput for simulated backup jobs
- with predictably fast response times and scalability.
I’m usually one to not talk about the speeds and feeds but that is really surprising. We use metrics to drive our core engineering decisions day-in and day-out. Our scientific approach to data generation, collection, and analysis enables us to make informed choices in what we do. When something like this comes out we all have to stand up and take notice! Fast, Reliable, and truly affordable. Maybe the tide is turning that enterprise companies are beginning to understand what ‘Small Business’ means?
If you’re interested in learning more about the study let us know and we’ll send you a copy!