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Toshiba AL13SE Series 10k SAS 2.5-inch Enterprise HDD Review - Database/OLTP and Web Server

Toshiba AL13SE Series 10k SAS 2.5-inch Enterprise HDD Review
Paul takes a close look at the Toshiba AL13SE series, a mainstay in the datacenter for high performance and mission-critical workloads. (TYO:6502)
| HDDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Toshiba

Database/OLTP

 

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This test emulates Database and On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP) workloads. OLTP is in essence the processing of transactions such as credit cards and high frequency trading in the financial sector. Enterprise HDDs are uniquely well suited for the financial sector with their low latency and high random workload performance. Databases are the bread and butter of many enterprise deployments. These are demanding 8k random workloads with a 66 percent read and 33 percent write distribution that can bring even the highest performing solutions down to earth.

 

The AL13SE and the v7 are nearly too close to call, with only 2 IOPS separating the two drives in this test.

 

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The performance results were roughly the same, but the v7 leads in latency during the test.

 

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The AL13SE averages 7.71 watts during the test period, with the v7 slightly besting it with a 7.56W average.

 

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The efficiency of the two drives is nearly too close to call, with the drives again separated by a mere few IOPS.

 

 

Web Server

 

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The Web Server profile is a read-only test with a wide range of file sizes. Web servers are responsible for generating content for users to view over the Internet, much like the very page you are reading. The speed of the underlying storage system has a massive impact on the speed and responsiveness of the server that is hosting the website and the end-user experience.

 

The v7 takes the lead in this read-centric test with 399 IOPS, while the AL13SE trails with 381 IOPS.

 

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The v7 takes a lead in latency during the test, showing its great performance in heavy read workloads.

 

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The AL13SE averages 8.22 watts during the test, but differences are minute between the two drives.

 

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The v7 leans on its better performance in this mixed read workload to deliver a slightly higher efficiency.

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