SCI 29Apr2014 Latest Microsoft ESRP (Exchange 2010 & 2013) performance results

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This Storage Intelligence (StorInt™) dispatch covers Microsoft Exchange 2010 (E2010) and Exchange 2013 (E2013)Solution Review Program (ESRP) results.[1] Since we last reviewed this 1,001 to 5000 mailbox category, there has been only two new submissions Infortrend EonStor DS 3016G 1G iSCSI and an Infortrend EonStor DS 3016G 6G SAS, both using 3K mailboxes. Neither of these two showed up on any of our top ten charts. So, similar to our last ESRP report, instead of providing copies of charts we have already reported on, we have decided to publish our Email ChampionsChart™ for Mid-range storage systems.

Latest Mid-range Email ChampionsChart™

In Figure 1 we show our latest ChampionsChart for Email services for Mid-range storage.

CC-Email-Mid-Old Figure 1 SCI’s Mid-range Storage Email Champions™ Chart for 2Q2014

We publish three Email ChampionCharts in our SAN Storage Buying Guide, one for Enterprise, one for SMB and this one for Mid-range customers. As our readers will recall, all of SCI’s Email ChampionsCharts are segmented into four sections, described as follows:

  • Championsthe top right section identifies the storage subsystems that had the best relative database transfers per second and the best relative database access latencies. From our perspective these systems have the best performance for this category.
  • Sprinters – the bottom right section identifies the systems that had poor relative database transfers per second but very good database access latencies. For customers that need fast IO for their Email applications these systems should suffice.
  • Marathoners – the upper left section identifies storage systems that had good relative database transfers per second but poor database access latencies. For customers that need relatively high database IOPS but are not concerned with the speed with which those IOPS complete, these systems should be ok.
  • Slowpokes – the bottom left section shows those systems with poor relative database transfers per second and poor database access latencies. Not sure which customers would benefit from these systems, if any.

Some caveats apply:

  • The data used to create our Email ChampionsCharts come from our analysis of ESRP reports. So although we feel this workload is representative of a wide variety of database intensive applications, it’s really mostly pertinent to Email and Exchange email most of all.
  • There aren’t that many mid-range system results on the current ESRP website, ~40 for E2013 & E2010. So our Mid-range Storage Email performance criteria aren’t nearly as statistically sound as the Enterprise class versions of these charts.

We intend to update all of our ChampionCharts once per quarter and this one is regularly published only in our SAN Storage Buying Guide. We occasionally publish some ChampionsCharts in our performance dispatches like this, when it makes sense, but this is not typically the case.

In Figure 1 we can see two Hitachi storage systems and one HP storage system in the Champions section. The HP D6000 Disk Enclosure configuration used 6Gbps SAS connections for 4,000 mailboxes and was benchmarked on Jetstress for E2013. Both the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 130 and HUS 110 used FC storage interfaces and were benchmarked on Jetstress for E2010. The HUS 130 supported 4000 mailboxes and the HUS 110 supported 2200 mailboxes.

Historically, in this Mid-range category we have had a mix of FC, SAS and iSCSI storage interfaces. SAS connected storage has typically performed well. Yet, it’s clear from Figure 1 that even in the mid-range, FC storage can be beneficial as well.

We continue to combine E2013 and E2010 ESRP data together in our ChampionsCharts as there doesn’t seem to be that much of an IO architectural change to warrant segregating the two. Also, there are just not as many E2013 ESRP reports yet, but that’s changing over time.


We are seeing a more new E2013 submissions in the 5000 mailboxes and over category and look for more to appear over the next quarter. So if this continues we will return to our normal ESRP performance analysis next quarter. In the mean time if you wish to see prior ESRP analysis please visit the “Dispatches” page on our website.

All of our Email, OLTP and Throughput ChampionsCharts are supplied in our current SAN Storage Buying Guide which is available for purchase on our website (see QR code below left). We strive to keep these up to date with the latest performance data as well as latest storage system functionality descriptions. There’s much more to our Buying Guides and I encourage everyone to look over the preview which is available for free on our website.

If you received this report from someone else, please consider signing up for your own copy of SCI’s StorInt™ monthly newsletter using the QR code below right [or checkout the link above right]. We provide commentary on recent major storage system announcements as well as analyze current storage system performance results/benchmarks each month. We plan to analyze Microsoft ESRP results again in three months. [Also we offer more of our block storage performance champion charts in our recently updated (May 2019) SAN Storage Buying Guide, or for more detailed ESRP performance results please see our recently updated (May 2019) SAN-NAS Storage Buying Guide, both of which are available for purchase on our website.available for purchase on our website.]

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[1] ESRP results from, as of 29Apr2014


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