It certainly is worth looking at the latest white paper from Symantec and Intel. They have dropped a small bomb on the flash array party. In a white paper, Software-defined Storage at the Speed of Flash, the duo provide a look at a nice Oracle database architecture where they show both price/performance advantages and comparable performance to flash arrays from Violin Memory, EMC and a CISCO solution. Two Intel R1 208WTTGS 1RU servers were outfitted with four Intel P3700 Series SSDs, 128 GB DDR4 Memory, Symantec Storage Foundation Cluster File System 6.2, Oracle 11gR2 and Red Hat Enterprise 6.5 OS. The two servers are interconnected with high speed dual-port Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter. The white paper goes into quite a bit of detail and offers a nice chart comparing the converged solution with the flash arrays solutions.
[ A short editorial. Happening more and more, we all are seeing remarkable works of fiction these days but seldom stop to appreciate them. It’s good to be able to appreciate these works of fiction so you can avoid the companies that create them. ]
It is hard to beat the Russian absurdist author, Daniil Kharms, he spent a lot of energy creating anti-stories. Many are simply absurd but one in particular strikes me as particularly relevant these days, it is The Tale of the Red-Haired Man. It is an anti-story that resonates with some of the marketing coming out of some companies.
Some of the best works of absurdist fiction these days can be found in marketing literature. Recently, a well-known company advertised their prowess at replacing some unknown hardware, running an unknown application and running with unknown features. They did in a manner that an eight year old could understand. It was comic book marketing. It culminated at the end with some amazing number — their solution as claimed was thousands of times more performant than the decrepit, imaginary or real hardware they replaced. You know, the unknown hardware with the unknown configuration, running the unknown application by an unknown company needing unknown features.
Really, learn to appreciate these works so you can avoid these companies. If they can’t show off their product using a well-written white paper or a video that provides details of a use-case that includes hardware and software specifics as well as what was tested using a detailed configuration and information on the application and workloads.