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Evaluator Group Announces Leading Price / VM for Axellio FabricXpress for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

Monday, September 16th 2019

The FabricXpress HCI cluster delivered leading price / VM results, achieving 3,200 IOmark-VM virtual applications at a price of $126.10 per VM.

BOULDER, CO. September 17, 2019 – IOmark and Evaluator Group announce new IOmark-VM benchmark results for Axellio’s All-NVMe FabricXpress Platform for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.

The Axellio FabricXpress HCI cluster was verified to support 3,200 IOmark-VM virtual machines running the IOmark virtual server workload and is the first vendor to utilize Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI software to run the IOmark-VM workload.

“The Axellio FabricXpress for Azure Stack HCI cluster achieved the best price / performance for the IOmark-VM workload and the 2nd highest performance results for either traditional or HCI systems tested,” said Russ Fellows, Senior Partner of Evaluator Group. “Axellio’s HCI solution utilized their unique NVMe over PCIe fabric architecture along with Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI software to achieve their record results.”

Axellio’s tested HCI configuration was noted to have the following key features:

  • The Axellio FabricXpress cluster was certified for 3,200 IOmark-VM2 virtual server workloads
  • 97.7% of response times were less than 5ms, over 99% of responses were under 10ms
  • The average response time was 1.35ms, the lowest average response time tested
  • The tested HCI configuration provides approximately 150 TB of raw NVMe SSD storage capacity, 2 TB RAM and 352 logical CPU cores in 4U rack space

“We chose the IOmark-VM benchmark in order to demonstrate the capabilities of our HCI cluster against traditional server/SAN architectures,” said David Gustavsson, Chief Technology Officer at Axellio, “These results demonstrate that with the right HCI cluster you can achieve incredible performance and in turn significantly improve the economics within a traditional or edge data center operation through greater computing power and less physical hardware.”

The IOmark benchmark results are audited to ensure uniform testing and reporting of results, enabling IT users to compare products using metrics that matter: price, capacity and application performance.  The application mix for IOmark-VM includes databases, webservers and Exchange mail servers, plus hypervisor operations consisting of a VM clone, deploy, boot, software upgrade, and storage migration between storage volumes.

The IOmark-VM benchmark requires the following to achieve passing results:

  • Total test time is 1 hour, with a measured interval of 30 minutes
  • 70% of response times for I/Os must not exceed 20ms
  • A minimum number of storage vMotion and VM clone operations must also be completed during a 1-hour test

Evaluator Group is the developer of IOmark, a software test platform that may be licensed to use for validation and POC testing.  Vendors, performance testing labs and channel partners may purchase the tool to use in their lab and for publishing audited results. IT end users may purchase a discounted license. An evaluation license may be obtained for 30 days for internal trials.

Axellio results and more information about IOmark are available on the Axellio, IOmark and Evaluator Group websites:

About IOmark

IOmark is dedicated to helping IT professionals and Vendors effectively measure and compare storage and other IT systems performance while running real applications workloads.  More information is available at https://iomark.org

About Evaluator Group

Evaluator Group Inc. is a technology research and advisory company covering Information Management, Storage and Systems.  Executives and IT Managers use Evaluator Group information daily to make informed decisions to architect and purchase systems supporting their data assets. We go beyond the technology landscape by defining requirements and knowing the products in-depth along with the intricacies that dictate long-term successful strategies.

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