Violin Memory and Fujitsu Achieve Five Virtualisation Benchmark Records

Violin Memory, provider of a new class of high-performance flash-based storage systems, and Fujitsu today announced five virtualisation world record benchmark results using Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY servers and Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays. The combination of Fujitsu and Violin enable Fortune 1000 companies to maximise the value of their server-storage infrastructure for virtualisation deployments. This is the latest in a series of benchmarks where Violin Flash Memory Arrays were used as the storage systems. Violin’s Arrays have quickly become the clear choice for primary enterprise storage that powers the needs of the virtualised data centre.

Fujitsu and Violin Virtualise Environments at the Speed of Memory

Fujitsu PRIMERGY industry standard x86 servers lead in quality, performance and efficiency. These systems consistently achieve world records and best-in-class performance results in a wide range of industry benchmark disciplines. These new benchmarks published on 13th November 2012, confirm again that Fujitsu leads virtualisation performance and efficiency with their PRIMERGY servers. This latest achievement is a new world record for industry standard x86 Intel-based servers with PRIMERGY BX924 S3 and PRIMERGY RX500 S7.

For the benchmarks, Fujitsu used Violin Flash Memory Arrays, storage systems that are ideally suited for virtualisation solutions with workloads that generate a high amount of input/output per second (IOPS) and require sustained low-latency. One Violin 6616 Flash Memory Array was used in the configuration with two PRIMERGY BX924 S3 nodes, and two Violin 6616 Performance Flash Memory Arrays were used in the other four, bigger configurations.

The combination of PRIMERGY servers and Violin flash storage provided the optimal combination to achieve predictable performance, allowing more virtual machines (VMs)to run on one host with higher rates of consolidation and reduction of licensing costs. This was demonstrated not only by a single result, but by a series of VMmarks with 2, 4, 6 and 8 PRIMERGY BX924 S3 nodes, that scale up to a factor of 2 when doubling the number of hosts, and show that neither the VMware cluster nor the flash storage subsystem is limiting the overall performance.

The Perfect Supplement for x86 Server Virtualisation

Jens-Peter Seick, senior vice president of the product development group at Fujitsu Technology Solutions said, “PRIMERGY Blade Servers in combination with the outstanding Violin Flash Memory Arrays are a perfect supplement for x86 server virtualisation and offer more performance in virtualised environments compared to other products. They provide additional benefits such as improved manageability, availability and operational efficiencies being a shared network resource.”

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