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HGST Ultrastar SSD800MH 12Gb/s SAS3 Enterprise SSD Review - Test System and Methodology

HGST Ultrastar SSD800MH 12Gb/s SAS3 Enterprise SSD Review
HGST's SSD800MH enterprise SSD is designed to deliver the highest performance available in the harshest workloads imaginable. (NASDAQ:WDC)
| SSDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 15, 2014 6:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: HGST

Test System and Methodology

 

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Our approach to storage testing targets long-term performance with a high level of granularity. Many testing methods record peak and average measurements during the test period. These average values give a basic understanding of performance, but they fall short in providing the clearest view possible of I/O Quality of Service (QoS).

 

'Average' results do little to indicate performance variability experienced during actual deployment. The degree of variability is especially pertinent as many applications can hang or lag as they wait for I/O requests to complete. This testing methodology illustrates performance variability, and includes average measurements, during the measurement window.

 

While under load, all storage solutions deliver variable levels of performance. While this fluctuation is normal, the degree of variability is what separates enterprise storage solutions from typical client-side hardware. Providing ongoing measurements from our workloads with one-second reporting intervals illustrates product differentiation in relation to I/O QoS. Scatter charts give readers a basic understanding of I/O latency distribution without directly observing numerous graphs.

 

Consistent latency is the goal of every storage solution, and measurements such as Maximum Latency only illuminate the single longest I/O received during testing. This can be misleading as a single 'outlying I/O' can skew the view of an otherwise superb solution. Standard Deviation measurements consider latency distribution, but do not always effectively illustrate I/O distribution with enough granularity to provide a clear picture of system performance. We utilize high-granularity I/O latency charts to illuminate performance during our test runs.

 

Our testing regimen follows SNIA principles to ensure consistent, repeatable testing. We measure power consumption during precondition runs. This provides measurements in time-based fashion, with results every second, to illuminate the behavior of power consumption in steady state conditions. We also present IOPS-to-Watts measurements to highlight efficiency.

 

The HGST Ultrastar SSD800MH operates in both 9W and 11W power modes, with the 11-watt mode providing a boost primarily in sequential write speed. We test in 11-watt mode to highlight the best performance. Note that power consumption will be lower, and IOPS-per-Watt efficiency higher, with 9W mode. The first page of results will provide the 'key' to understanding and interpreting our test methodology.

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