MySQL Benchmark : Micron P320h (SLC) PCIe Flash Card – Outperforms

After looking at the Aerospike/Micron PCIe flash card benchmark I was extremely interested in whether a database like MySQL would also get as good results.  The answer seems is a resounding ‘yes’.  Over at Vadim Tkachenko’s MySQL Performance Blog, the tests were conducted in mid-April.  the P320h PCIe flash cards ran the sysbench fileIO tests n asynchronous mode and read performance was a steady 3202 MiB/second.  Write performance came in over 1730 MiB/sec. Performance was over 110,000 write IOPS and almost 205,000 read IOPS. Synchronous IO was similarly impressive. Vadim offered MySQL testing using the TPCC-MySQL test and sysbench OLTP and compared it to other PCIe flash cards.  Micron’s P320h delivered equally impressive performance on these tests – outperforming the two other flash cards.  You can read the review here :



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Aerospike Benchmark : Micron PCIe P320h & P420hm Flash Cards “blows away the competition”

If you are using  Aerospike’s database (which is a really nice NoSQL DB) you should be evaluating Micron’s P320h and P420hm PCIe cards.  Actually, I’ll go further, if you are looking at PCIe cards, in general, you should be evaluating at Micron.  If you don’t know what Aerospike is – it is a NoSQL database optimized for flash and it is in wide use by a class of customers that need extreme performance and low latency.


In a review of testing by Aerospike, Brian Bulkowski, CTO at Aerospike was effusive in writing about the results in The SSD Journal.  Specifically he states in a review of tests – “Micron PCIe devices blow away the competition, and our customers who use them are very pleased.”  This is high praise coming from a company who has tested a large number of flash devices and even some flash arrays.  In the tests, Aerospike ran the Aerospike Certification Tool (ACT) and the results were impressive.


The numbers are nothing short of stunning. The Micron P320h (SLC) was able to “sustain 99.8% of requests under 1 millisecond while at the same time satisfying 150,000 read operations per second and 225 megabytes per second of writes hour after hour.”  How has Micron been able to do it ?   You can read more in the review.


Use-Case Webinar : Tuning MongoDB for Next Generation (Flash) Storage

mongodb03SolidFire, who has announced a strategic relationship with MongoDB, has scheduled a seminar for November 6th on Tuning MongoDB for the Next-Generation Storage System.  You can register for it here. Chris Merz, Chief Database Strategist and Sr. Database App engineer will provide a real-world example to show how to :

  • Architect MongoDB with SolidFire storage for a large scale production cloud environment
  • Traverse the technology stack to identify performance bottlenecks
  • Optimize IO performance and latency
  • Normalize performance under load
  • Maintain performance at scale

Happy learning.


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Recommended Reading: Use-Case – All-Flash Cloud Deployment, 1PB of Flash Storage

European cloud provider, Colt, has deployed 1 PB of SolidFire flash arrays for their rollout of cloud-computing services.  In their cloud roll-out they had some very specific needs around quality-of-service.  Their evaluation looked at 21 storage array suppliers before they settled on SolidFire.  Key criteria :

  • guaranteed IOPS performance levels for each customer
  • custom applications using the array’s APIs to link to their self-service portal
  • price

More details :



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Recommended Reading : Getting Started with Hazelcast

hazelcast02I just got my hands on a new book, Getting Started with Hazelcast.  The book covers how to get started with Hazelcast, how to leverage concurrency in your application, how to build solutions using a divide-and-conquer strategy, using REST and a number of other topics.  If you are interested in getting started in building distributed solutions you should look at this book.  I got through Amazon as a Kindle book – which I read on my Mac desktop using the Kindle Reader.  This is not a bad way to get started with Hazelcast.

Recommended Reading : Performance and Best Practices – VMware vFabric Postgres 9.2

VMware just released Performance and Best Practices for VMware vFabric Postgres 9.2. VMware offers vFabric Postgres (vPostgres) as a distribution with drivers and utilities chosen by VMware.  This whitepaper presents the performance characteristics of vPostgres 9.2 on VMware vSphere 5.1. Showing vPostgres 9.2 on a 32 vCPU virtual machine on vSphere and a 32 core physical machines as a comparison point.  It shows that virtualized Posgres performs on par with bar-metal hosted Postgres.


Recommended Reading : Performance of vSphere Flash Read Cache in VMware vSphere 5.5

In VMware vSphere 5.5 a new approach to leverage flash storage devices was introduced. The vSphere Flash infrastructure layer is part of the ESXi storage stack allows management of flash storage devices connect to the ESXi host server. Typically these devices can be PCIe flash cards or SAS/SATA SSD drives.  The flash resource created by the vSphere Flash infrastructure layer can be used for two purposes : read caching of virtual machine I/O requests (vSphere Flash Read Cache) and storing the host swap file.


This whitepaper offers some performance best practices and look at a set performance benchmarks.

Recommended : What’s In and What’s Not In the Jelastic Cloud

Jelastic has an interesting view into what’s in and what’s not on their PaaS platform and they have shared it with us. The most recent statistics on the Java & PHP software stacks’ popularity within the Jelastiс PaaS are now viewable.  While this doesn’t give us a view into a bunch of key middleware (Oracle, etc) – it does provide a really fascinating view of what’s popular in the Jelastic PaaS.