Lenovo ThinkSystem DS Series Storage: #1 Price/Performance SPC-1 v3 BenchmarkPerformance Benchmark Result

26 Jul 2017
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The Lenovo ThinkSystem DS Series SAN storage delivers a world-record price/performance benchmark result.

This document summarizes the SPC-1 v3 benchmark result for the ThinkSystem DS4200 that was published on 19 July, 2017. The document lists the result, summarizes the major components of the configuration under test, and provides the link to the relevant benchmark organization’s web site for details about the result.



Lenovo recently announced the new ThinkSystem DS Series SAN storage and immediately changed the storage economics in the industry. Lenovo has now delivered the #1 world-wide price/performance benchmark from the Storage Performance Council (SPC) which builds on Lenovo’s number one position in customer satisfaction and server reliability for x86 servers, as well as the recently achieved forty-two #1 server benchmarks.

ThinkSystem DS4200
Figure 1. ThinkSystem DS4200

The new Lenovo ThinkSystem DS Series is #1 in price/performance, measured in $/IOP, and is #8 in overall performance. Both results are measured using the widely recognized SPC-1 v3 benchmark. This performance benchmark is an essential proof point of the value of Lenovo Storage to support entry to mid-range customers who need maximum IOPS and high availability with outstanding value.

The #1 price/performance result is documented on the Storage Performance Council's web site.

Benchmark configuration

The following table shows the all-flash array configuration used to obtain the #1 benchmark result.

Table 1. Benchmark configuration
Description Part number Quantity
Lenovo ThinkSystem DS4200 SFF SAS Dual Controller Unit 4617A21 1
400GB 3DWD 2.5" SAS SSD 01DC482 12
External MiniSAS HD 8644/MiniSAS HD 8644 0.5M Cable 00YL847 2
N2225 SAS HBA 00AE912 1
3YR Technician Installed Parts 24x7 4 Hour Response 01JR528 1

Industry leading innovation

This benchmark result confirms that ThinkSystem DS Series is the #1 Price/Performance offering for Storage in the industry. For customers who are looking to get the most performance for every dollar they spend, the ThinkSystem DS Series storage arrays deliver the best return on investment.

The benefits of All Flash Arrays do not have to cost more. Lenovo’s leadership price performance using rigorous standardized benchmark testing demonstrates that performance can be affordable.

About ThinkSystem DS Series

The ThinkSystem DS Series SAN products are most suited to Small-to-medium businesses (SMB) and to Enterprise customers, and are ideal for databases, backup & archive, media streaming and departmental high-performance computing (HPC) and OpenStack.

The DS Series comes in 3 performance levels, the DS2200, DS4200, and DS6200 and is ideal for large enterprises, remote/branch office, and small/medium business.

Each system features Rapid Technology which includes:

  • Rapid Deployment, which lets you set the storage array up in less than 15 minutes
  • Rapid Tier, which allows automatically moving data every 5 seconds
  • Rapid RAID Rebuild
  • Rapid Data Placement Engine, which optimizes performance

To learn more about the ThinkSystem DS Series products, visit the Lenovo ThinkSystem DS Series product web page.

About Storage Performance Council

Storage Performance Council (SPC) is a non-profit corporation founded to define, standardize and promote storage benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable storage performance data to the computer industry and its customers.

The SPC-1 benchmark is a true appraisal of enterprise storage performance and measures total IOPS, price-performance (cost per IOPS), and total cost of ownership (which includes three years of warranty support).

SPC-1 consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries as well as update operations. Examples of those types of applications include OLTP, database operations, and mail server implementations.

SPC-1 version 3 retains the core capabilities and requirements of SPC-1 version 1, but includes support for data deduplication, and data compression, in addition to refining some of the workload attributes to bring the benchmark more in-line with modern storage system workloads.


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