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Research and Markets: How Many IOPS Is Enough?
[August 20, 2014]

Research and Markets: How Many IOPS Is Enough?

DUBLIN --(Business Wire)--

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "How Many IOPS Is Enough?" report to their offering.

This report gives updated results of the survey that determines the IOPS requirements for various applications. User inputs are amplified by collateral information that correlates IOPS requirements with key enterprise SSD markets.

The 80-page report dissects the results of a months-long on-line survey of IT managers which collected their inputs on the IOPS, capacity, and latency needs for a number of key enterprise applications. Through its 54 figures and eight tables the study sheds new light on the speed requirements for certain key applications.

The survey asked respondents to share a rough idea of their high-speed storage needs,expressed in capacity and performance, measured in IOPS (inputs or outputs per second) and maximum latency. Nearly two hundred respondents also shared the speed of the rest of their system and for the application type being run on that system.

In many cases there was a reasonable correlation between two of the surveyed parameters:

  • Capacity & IOPS requirements
  • Capacity & Maximum Latency
  • IOPS Requirements and Maximum Latency

A relatively large number of our respondents (68%) did not measure their system's performance. Their response (and likely their approach to solving storage related issues) was to use their best guess.

The sample group was of a respectable size, giving us a 7.1% margin of error. We continue to collect survey data with a goal of increasing the respondent base and reducing the error margin.

Storage pricing is loosely tied to performance. This relationship is likely to tighten as a result of this survey and as those who purchase fast storage become more sophisticated.

Companies Mentioned

  • Apple
  • Fusion-io
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Imation
  • Intel (News - Alert)
  • Pure Storage
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center's (SDSC)
  • Seagate
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Toshiba (News - Alert)
  • UCSD
  • Visa
  • VisaNet
  • Western Digital, WD, WDC

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