Evaluator Group and IOmark Announce New Industry Leading Benchmark Results for Intel Server Platforms and Optane

Monday, November 12th 2018

Intel along with VMware vSAN Storage Software besting the previous price performance by 216%

November 12, 2018, Boulder, CO. Evaluator Group announces new record IOmark-VM benchmark results for Intel S2600WT server platforms with VMware vSAN storage software as a hyperconverged system. IOmark-VM is a benchmark that certifies systems for virtual server results. The measurement criteria are storage performance, with the restriction that all storage workloads must be supported by the tested hyperconverged system.

The Intel based hyperconverged system comprised of 4 Intel Xeon Scalable processor servers, together with Intel Optane SSD storage and VMware vSAN software achieved results of 1,152 IOmark-VMs at a price of $216.23 / IOmark-VM. Prior results were $468.75per VM.

“The new Intel Xeon systems with Optane and vSAN produced the highest results for a 4-node hyperconverged system tested to date and most importantly the price / performance results were the best we have seen, achieving a record low value per IOmark-VM”, said Russ Fellows Senior Partner at Evaluator Group.  “The simplicity of hyperconverged with leading efficiency compared to other hyperconverged and traditional systems is a compelling value proposition.” 

Using Intel based server platforms and Optane along with VMware vSAN software-defined storage provides a flexible model for enterprise computing and hyper-converged solutions. With the scale-out architecture, adding additional nodes scales CPU, memory and storage capacity and performance capabilities for the entire system. Server-based storage systems can provide high levels of performance along with economic benefits as shown by the leading price / performance levels achieved during testing.

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.

IOmark has established the benchmark criteria for the IOmark-VM workload. The performance requirements are established as follows:

  • Workloads are scaled in sets of 8 workloads
  • The average response time for each application must not exceed 30ms
  • Seventy percent of response times for I/Os must not exceed 20ms
  • The replay time must complete within 1 hour and 15 seconds for each 1 hour workload

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.

Intel performance results with Optane and Xeon processor performance and more information about IOmark-VM are available at the IOmark website.

About IOmark
IOmark was established by Evaluator Group and contributing vendors in 2011 and is dedicated to helping IT professionals and Vendors effectively measure and compare IT systems performance while running real applications workloads. More information is available at

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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