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IBM Sets New Industry Leading Disk and Storage Virtualization Performance Benchmarks

IBM TotalStorage DS8300 and SAN Volume Controller Score Leading SPC-1 Industry Benchmark Results

ARMONK, NY - 02 Nov 2005: IBM today announced that it submitted leading performance benchmark results to the Storage Performance Council (SPC) for two of its breakthrough storage solutions.

IBM established a new world record in I/O throughput (IOPS, input-read/output-write requests per second) based on the SPC-1 result submitted for the IBM TotalStorage(TM) SAN Volume Controller (SVC). The SVC produced 155,519.47 SPC-1 IOPS [1], which is the fastest SPC-1 result for storage virtualization technology as well as all other storage technologies. The IBM TotalStorage DS8300 produced I/O throughput of 101,101.68 SPC-1 IOPS, which is the fastest SPC-1 result for disk-based enterprise storage [2].

"The SPC-1 benchmark enables storage vendors to measure the raw performance of a storage system to process complex queries and large volumes of data, which is then verified by members of the Storage Performance Council for consistency and accuracy. World class performance results enable clients to process more data for a lower cost to better achieve their business goals," said Barry Rudolph, vice president of Storage Systems at IBM. "Having some of the top solutions in the industry means customers know they are getting proven and blazingly fast storage when they select IBM storage solutions -- be it disk, tape, or storage virtualization."

The IBM TotalStorage DS8300 is utilized by banks, financial institutions, and government institutions across the globe and was designed for performance, scalability, resiliency and total value. Created specifically for the mission-critical workloads of medium and large enterprises, the DS8300 can help consolidate system storage, simplify storage management and support system availability to address the needs of businesses.

The IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, launched more than two years ago and installed in more than 1300 businesses worldwide, continues to help reduce the cost and complexity of managing SAN-based storage to clients in many industries across the globe. Now on the eighth release of its storage software, SAN Volume Controller Version 3.1 provides simplification and application independence for the storage environment with record-breaking performance, extreme scalability and the ability to manage larger and more diverse storage environments.

"IBM is to be congratulated for its consistent commitment to producing SPC-1 results, as evidenced by these two industry leading results," said Walter E. Baker, Administrator and Auditor for the Storage Performance Council (SPC). "The SPC-1 results for the SAN Volume Controller and DS8300 demonstrate outstanding storage performance across a breadth of storage technology, which includes enterprise system storage and storage virtualization."

SPC benchmark results have been posted for a wide range of storage products. Each SPC-1 result has been both audited and peer reviewed for compliance to ensure consistency and accuracy.

The SPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define, standardize and promote storage system benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable performance data to the computer industry and its customers. SPC membership is open to all companies, academic institutions and individuals. The SPC created the first industry-standard performance benchmark in 2001, targeted at the needs and concerns of the storage industry and its goal is to serve as a catalyst for performance improvement in storage. For a complete list of SPC-1 benchmark results, visit http://www.storageperformance.org/home.

Contact(s) information

Lisa Lanspery
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-4164
lisalans@us.ibm.com

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