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Sun Eclipses IBM on SPC Test

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), which has been a major supporter of the Storage Performance Council (SPC)'s benchmark testing, today tried to use those tests as proof that its entry-level Fibre Channel storage system is a better value than a similar offering from IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM).

Sun pointed to significant advantages to scores posted by the StorEdge 3510 FC array over IBM's TotalStorage FastT600 with Turbo Option, after both systems were tested using the SPC-1 benchmark. The StorEdge 3510 turned in a 17 percent edge in performance over the FastT600, with a 33 percent better price-performance, according to SPC's industry-standard tests.

The SPC tested the StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel system with a SunFire 6800 server and found the storage system delivered 11,049.6 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The FastT600 Turbo, tested with a Dell 6650 server and with mirrored write-cache enabled, delivered 9,099.86 IOPS.

The StorEdge 3510 registered a price/performance result of $7.95 per IOPS compared with the FastT600's price-performance score of $11.86 per IOPS. The price of Sun's unit as tested is $87,889, compared with $107,900 for the IBM system.

"We think that this is a compelling price/performance story," says Randall Sagrillo, Sun's manager of technical storage marketing.

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