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Evaluator Group and IOmark Release Virtual Machine Data Storage Benchmark Results for HPE Hyper Converged System

Evaluator Group and IOmark announce benchmark results for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Hyper Converged 250 and the Hyper Converged 250 with HPE StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage achieving 160 and 208 VMs respectively.

The application mix of IOmark-VM includes databases, webservers and Exchange mail servers, plus additional hypervisor operations. Per the benchmark specifications, the HPE configurations achieved a mean read response time of 3.79 milliseconds for the HPE Hyper Converged 250 and 4.47 milliseconds for the Hyper Converged 250 with HPE StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage. Mean write response times were 10.78 and 11.97 milliseconds, respectively.

IOmark-VM-HC is a benchmark that certifies HyperConverged systems for virtual server results. The measurement criteria are storage performance, with the restriction that all storage workloads must be supported by the tested Hyper-Converged system. While CPU and memory are important, Evaluator Group testing has shown the differences are minimal when comparing systems that are configured with similar CPU and memory. The gating item for most workloads is the storage system and software performance.

"The HPE Hyper Converged 250 exceeded previous IOmark-VM-HC results by 11%," said Russ Fellows, Senior Partner of Evaluator Group. "We then tested the unique, scale-out storage aspects of the Hyper Converged 250 by adding a StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage system to the standalone hyper-converged system enabling an additional 30% greater number of virtual machines, highlighting the ability to independently scale storage capacity and performance with HPE Hyper Converged systems."

HPE Hyper Converged 250 is a virtualization platform for VMware vSphere that combines compute, high-availability storage, hypervisor, and management capabilities into a single, scale-out appliance. The 2U/4-node form factor is targeted for use by midsize and enterprise remote office/branch office customers to virtualize a variety of workloads.

The results are audited to ensure uniform testing and reporting of results, enabling IT users the ability to compare products using metrics that matter; price, capacity and application performance.

IOmark-VM-HC: The application mix for Virtual Machine benchmark includes databases, webservers and Exchange mail servers plus hyper-visor operations consisting of a VM clone, deploy, boot, software upgrade, and storage migration (aka Storage vMotion) between storage volumes.

The IOmark-VM-HC benchmark requires the following to achieve passing results:

For the steady-state workload:

  •     Total test time is 1 hour, with a measured interval of 30 minutes
  •     Seventy percent of response times for I/O's must not exceed 20ms
  •     A minimum number of storage vMotion and VM clone operations must also be completed during a 1 hour test

Evaluator Group is the developer of IOmark, which is available without charge to Evaluator Group IT end user premium subscribers. Vendors, performance testing labs and channel partners may purchase to use the tool in their lab and for publishing audited results. IT end users may purchase a discounted license. An evaluation license may be obtained for 30 days for internal trials.

HPE results are available at the IOmark Results website.

Published Wednesday, December 02, 2015 9:41 AM by David Marshall
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