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26Sep/10Off

Still waiting for Xiotech..

TechOps Guy: Nate

So I was browsing the SPC-1 pages again to see if there was anything new and lo and behold, Xiotech posted some new numbers.

But once again, they appear too timid to release numbers for their 7000 series, or the 9000 series that came out somewhat recently. Instead they prefer to extrapolate performance from their individual boxes and aggregate the results. That doesn't count of course, performance can be radically different at higher scale.

Why do I mention this? Well nearly a year ago their CEO blogged, in response to one of my posts, and that was one of the first times I made news in The Register (yay! - I really was excited) , and in part the CEO said:

Responding to the Techopsguy blog view that 3PAR's T800 outperforms an Emprise 7000, the Xiotech writer claims that Xiotech has tested "a large Emprise 7000 configuration" on what seems to be the SPC-1 benchmark; "Those results are not published yet, but we can say with certainty that the results are superior to the array mentioned in the blog (3PAR T800) in several terms: $/IOP, IOPS/disk and IOPS/controller node, amongst others."

So here we are almost a year later, and more than one SPC-1 result later, and still no sign of Xiotech's SPC-1 numbers for their higher end units. I'm sorry but I can't help but feel they are hiding something.

If I were them I would put my customers more at ease by publishing said numbers, and be prepared to justify the results if they don't match up to Xiotech's extrapolated numbers from the 5000 series.

Maybe they are worried they might end up like Pillar, who's CEO was pretty happy with their SPC-1 results. Shortly afterwards the 3PAR F400 launched and absolutely destroyed the Pillar numbers from every angle. You can see more info on these results here.

At the end of the day I don't care of course, it just was a thought in my head and gave me something to write about :)

I just noticed that these past two posts puts me over the top as far as the most number of posts I have done in a month since this TechOpsGuys things started. I'm glad I have my friends Dave, Jake and Tycen generating tons of content too, after all this site was their idea!

26Sep/10Off

Overhead associated with scale out designs

TechOps Guy: Nate

Was reading a neat article over at The Register again about the new Google indexing system. This caught my eye:

"The TPC-E results suggest a promising direction for future investigation. We chose an architecture that scales linearly over many orders of magnitude on commodity machines, but we’ve seen that this costs a significant 30-fold overhead compared to traditional database architectures.

Kind of makes you think... I guess if your operating at the scale they are, the overhead is not a big deal, they'll probably a find a way to reduce(ha ha, map reduce, get it? sorry) it over time.

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