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Battle of the Titans: Promise SuperTrak 100 vs. 3Ware Escalade 6400


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Battle of the Titans: Promise SuperTrak 100 vs. 3Ware Escalade 6400
  February 14, 2001 Author: Terry Baranski  

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Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - File Server Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives73.05 0.79 13.69 ms 0.68 % 107.43
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives75.01 0.81 13.33 ms 0.74 % 101.36
Load = Very Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives73.30 0.79 54.57 ms 0.86 % 85.23
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives176.90 1.92 22.61 ms 1.88 % 94.10
Load = Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives77.02 0.82 207.69 ms 0.92 % 83.72
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives197.87 2.15 80.85 ms 2.03 % 97.47
Load = Moderate
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives83.41 0.91 766.79 ms 0.96 % 86.89
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives216.07 2.32 296.09 ms 2.20 % 98.21
Load = Heavy
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives92.29 1.00 2768.59 ms 1.26 % 73.25
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives247.23 2.68 1034.84 ms 3.22 % 76.78

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Workstation Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives84.21 0.66 11.87 ms 0.84 % 100.25
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives86.34 0.67 11.58 ms 0.88 % 98.11
Load = Very Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives84.69 0.66 47.23 ms 0.96 % 88.22
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives198.34 1.55 20.16 ms 2.09 % 94.90
Load = Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives87.93 0.69 181.93 ms 1.01 % 87.06
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives228.41 1.78 70.04 ms 2.42 % 94.38
Load = Moderate
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives94.80 0.74 674.78 ms 1.03 % 92.04
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives249.93 1.95 256.02 ms 2.50 % 99.97
Load = Heavy
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives104.74 0.82 2440.41 ms 1.47 % 71.25
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives283.44 2.21 902.78 ms 3.66 % 77.44

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Database Access PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives82.38 0.64 12.14 ms 0.83 % 99.25
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives81.18 0.63 12.31 ms 0.86 % 94.40
Load = Very Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives79.29 0.62 50.45 ms 0.87 % 91.14
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives178.29 1.39 22.43 ms 1.91 % 93.35
Load = Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives84.57 0.66 189.14 ms 0.98 % 86.30
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives192.74 1.51 83.00 ms 2.01 % 95.89
Load = Moderate
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives90.44 0.71 707.37 ms 1.03 % 87.81
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives208.61 1.63 306.70 ms 2.23 % 93.55
Load = Heavy
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives99.87 0.78 2558.74 ms 1.42 % 70.33
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives238.42 1.86 1073.04 ms 3.15 % 75.69

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Random Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives195.34 1.53 5.12 ms 1.80 % 108.52
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives185.73 1.45 5.38 ms 1.72 % 107.98
Load = Very Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives195.21 1.53 20.49 ms 2.06 % 94.76
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives186.26 1.46 21.47 ms 1.91 % 97.52
Load = Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives196.08 1.53 81.59 ms 2.04 % 96.12
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives186.38 1.46 85.83 ms 2.09 % 89.18
Load = Moderate
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives197.38 1.54 324.18 ms 2.11 % 93.55
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives187.52 1.46 341.14 ms 1.94 % 96.66
Load = Heavy
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives205.43 1.60 1245.30 ms 2.92 % 70.35
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives193.09 1.51 1324.80 ms 2.79 % 69.21

Jump To AnalysisIOMeter - Sequential Write PatternJump To Analysis
IOMeter TestsIO/secMB/secResponse TimeCPU Util.IO/CPU%
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives48.06 12.02 20.80 ms 2.03 % 23.67
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives121.15 30.29 8.25 ms 4.40 % 27.53
Load = Very Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives48.24 12.06 82.90 ms 1.98 % 24.36
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives125.84 31.46 31.78 ms 5.49 % 22.92
Load = Light
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives48.26 12.06 331.54 ms 2.02 % 23.89
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives125.90 31.47 127.08 ms 5.52 % 22.81
Load = Moderate
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives48.24 12.06 1326.58 ms 2.93 % 16.46
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives125.82 31.45 508.61 ms 6.16 % 20.43
Load = Heavy
SuperTrak-100 RAID 01 w/ 4 Drives47.99 12.00 4802.79 ms 2.58 % 18.60
Escalade 6400 RAID 10 w/ 4 Drives125.52 31.38 1959.77 ms 7.47 % 16.80

The SuperTrak's RAID 01 Workstation, File Server, and Database scores place higher than that of a single drive, though not nearly as high as hoped. Random write performance increase significantly, while sequential write performance decreases somewhat.

The Escalade, on the other hand, performs very well in RAID 10. Its Workstation, File Server, and Database performance even tops its 3-drive RAID 0 showing. This again displays TwinStor's effectiveness.

Unsurprisingly, random write performance isn't quite as high, but still much higher than a single drive. Sequential write performance remains about the same, as expected.

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