Accelerating Performance with HP IO Accelerators - Live Demo at HP Discover

Posted: 01 Dec 2011   By: Grant Jacobson
Accelerating Performance with HP IO Accelerators - Live Demo at HP Discover

This week at HP Discover 2011 in Vienna, Austria, HP showcased a live demo which achieved more than 1.55 million random 4K IOPS within a single HP ProLiant DL580 G7 server.  The server, configured with ten 1.28TB HP IO Accelerators in a Windows environment, reached a new record for a live HP demo, topping the 1.45 million random 4K IOPS performance for a similar demo at the HP Discover event last June in Las Vegas.

The demo showcases the capabilities of the IO Accelerators and the scale of performance that can be obtained with a single server.  Customers who want to accelerate their application and database performance can consider adding one or more cards to their existing environments or specify the configuration for new projects supporting I/O intensive workloads.  This cost-effective approach leverages HP’s robust and scalable server technologies and is a 100% in-server solution with 12.8 TB of flash-based storage.

Live Demo Configuration:
• HP ProLiant DL580 G7
• 256 GB RAM
• 4 x Intel® Xeon® E7 series processors
• Windows Server 2008

With 8K blocks relevant to customers considering running Microsoft SQL Server databases, the iometer test was also performed with 8K random reads and yielded an impressive live demo result of 1.1 million IOPS.

The HP ProLiant DL580 G7 server combines best in-class HP performance, manageability and reliability features and the latest Intel processor technology that make this a great choice for mission-critical data center deployments. HP IO Accelerators are enterprise-class, field-proven high performance storage cards that attach directly to HP ProLiant ML/DL and Blade servers via the PCIe bus. HP IO Accelerator cards using NAND Flash memory dramatically increase I/O bandwidth and virtually eliminate I/O and latency limitations. The result is accelerated database and application performance with significant reductions in power and cooling requirements.

Fusion-io is an HP technology partner. See the recently released HP white paper, Accelerating Microsoft SQL Server Database Performance, and visit HP's main HP IO Accelerator page for more details.

Grant Jacobson

Director, Solution and Partner Marketing
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