Customers will soon be able to compare storage products fairly after storage vendors agreed to set up standard benchmarks.
Under the auspices of an industry body formed last year, the Storage Performance Council (SPC), criteria for benchmarking products will be created and performance measures will be awarded to products in a similar fashion to the TPC benchmarks for hardware.
Chris Atkins, storage marketing manager at Sun Microsystems, said that nobody was independently analysing storage performance because it was a complex process with many variables. However, he said the growth in demand for storage over the last three years meant it has become necessary to do something.
"The more mist, smoke and rubbish there is flying around the marketplace the easier it is for inadequate products backed by aggressive marketing to prosper," he said.
The SPC said this week it planned to develop the first set of benchmarks for Raid disk subsystems over the next year, with tape and other types to follow. A number of common metrics will be agreed upon, such as input/output speeds and read to write ratios. Backers of the SPC include Data General, IBM, Sun, Unisys and Western Digital.
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