HP StoreEasy and Windows Server 2012 SMB Performance

HP StoreEasy and Windows Server 2012 SMB Performance

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Hi folks, Ned here again with a quickie post. HP recently released their latest file server SMB testing results, where they used FSCT and IOMeter to collect performance and scalability data with Windows Server 2012 running on HP StoreEasy 5000 Storage NAS servers.

The whitepaper holds plenty of details, and here’s a good one to get you started:


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Even the midline-drive equipped StoreEasy model handled 2,500 peak workload home folder users – and if you went for the top of the line enterprise-class disks, it stood up to 26,000 simultaneous users, staying at ~30% CPU utilization, even while anti-virus scanning.

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In HP’s previous tests using Windows Server 2008 R2 on the X5000 G2 NAS, they reached 22,500 peak users with anti-virus running, and leveling at 60% CPU. The new data shows a 13.5% improvement, even before you consider that it comes with half the CPU usage. Even with no anti-malware running, the previous OS and hardware did not reach the same number of users nor the same low CPU time.

These tests focused on using Windows 7 clients, meaning SMB 2.1 and not the full gamut of SMB 3.0 features introduced in Windows 8. That’s perfectly OK; we realize that it’s early days and Windows 7 is still the 800-pound gorilla. We’re looking forward to HP’s next tests with an end-to-end SMB 3.0 stack.

Thanks very much to our partner Hewlett-Packard Company for working with us to perform these tests and share them with the public.

- Ned “hpster” Pyle

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  • Wow impressive stats Ned, seems like a no brainier to try to move file server loads over to Windows 2012 if anyone is running on 2008 R2.   I'm guessing you all already have an idea of the gains with Windows 8 but like you said most enterprises are not there yet.

  • Ned, is the Ask the DS Team blog dead?  Last article in that blog was posted 2.5 months ago, and I miss having it because the articles were always the gold standard in providing information to Windows Server administrators.

  • Thanks Mike :).

    Squeezer999, it's not dead. I recall seeing some review emails a week ago, so I know they have posts in the pipeline. They've just been real busy with other things. Thanks for the kind words though - I always thought it was more of a bronze standard. Maybe chrome. :D

  • I'm with Squeezer - Ask the DS Team (specifically your posts Ned) set the bar for tech blogs. There are some other good ones out there (Yellow Bricks and anything from Russinovich) but we've all sorely missed your posts on AskDS.

    The SMB3 stats are impressive, can't wait to see the end-to-end results!

  • I have to agree with the other comments about blog post quality.  Just thought I'd mention the gang over at AskPFEPlat (blogs.technet.com/.../askpfeplat) do a mighty fine job too!  Could help to supplement for people while waiting for the AskDS team to get less busy.

  • Ned,

    This is a COMPLETELY offtopic question but I found it to be the only possible way to contact you (sorry about that! :/)

    A friend of mine gave me an AD course he downloaded from "somewhere". Probably he found it on some forum or something like that (yeah, illegally). The course name is "Supporting Windows Server 2012 – Active Directory:  Directory Services" dated on June 4, 2012 and version history says "DRAFT V1.0". The course contents are some word files, labs, slides, etc.

    And here's the question: I found that course to be one of the best I've seen ever. And I tried really hard to look it up on Microsoft Learning (I work for a MS partner and I have a MSDN suscription so accesing to it wouldn't be a problem) but couldn't find it anywhere. Then I tried Googling it: no success.

    Can you tell me if there's a way or website or something where I can find that course and access it - the legal way? (Mostly because I'd lvoe to share it with some colleagues here).

    Thanks a lot!