After receiving the ix4-200d on Monday I quickly unboxed the unit and began setting it for initial testing. First off I must say, the actual setup of the unit was a breeze. Plugged the unit into my home network, received a DHCP address, then launched a web browser to run through the 3 step configuration wizard. After that it was just clicking through a couple of tabs and screens to hard code an IP address and enable NFS.
The testing I did on the unit was using a whitebox ESX 3.5 U4 (dual core 2.4Ghz Opteron, 4GB of RAM) host and using a “direct connect” 1GB crossover cable between the host and the ix4-200d. As posted on the VMware forums, I used IOmeter for the testing and the configuration file provided in the “Open unofficial storage performance thread” located HERE. Ok, enough with the typing, onto the results:
|Avg MBps||IOPS||Avg IO Response Time||Max IO Response Time||
MaxThroughput 100% Read
|MaxThroughput 50% Read||63.37||2027.93||29.68||779.72||27.2|
|RealLife 60% Rand 65% Read||.95||121.33||486.55||5890.4||16.19|
|Random 8K 70% Read||.88||122.85||533.37||5908.72||13.96|
After completing the tests I am pretty happy with the results of the device. In the next couple of days I am going to try to re-run the same tests but with Jumbo frames support enabled on both the ix4-200d and my ESX host.
More to come…