From startups to multinational corporations, businesses of all types and sizes are tapping into the big data gold mine for valuable insights about consumer habits, product metrics, market trends, and more. Much of that data flows from diverse sources such as online retail transactions, vehicle sensors, smartphones, and countless IoT devices. To extract profitable information when it matters most, organizations need high-performance server and storage solutions that can quickly process and refine ever-growing mountains of unstructured data. Hardware upgrades can help companies maximize the value of data resources, but with so many options to choose from, how can decision makers have confidence that they’re investing in the right tools for the job?

In two separate studies, we used the YCSB NoSQL database benchmark to compare the Apache Cassandra performance of a new Dell PowerEdge C6620 with a Broadcom-based Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller 12 (PERC 12) to that of two older solutions. In the first study, we compared the PowerEdge C6620 server with PERC 12 to an HPE ProLiant XL170r Gen9 server with an HPE Smart Array P440ar Controller. In the second study, we tested the PowerEdge C6620 with PERC 12 against a previous-generation PowerEdge C6520 with PERC 11. In both the comparison studies, the PowerEdge C6620 server with PERC 12 delivered stronger database performance, with faster read and update latencies and higher throughput. The performance improvements were significant, meaning that organizations that trade out older PowerEdge C6520 or ProLiant XL170r Gen9 servers for new PowerEdge C6620 servers could extract value from their unstructured databases more quickly and effectively.

For more details about our Dell PowerEdge C6620 with PERC 12 Apache Cassandra performance comparison tests, check out the reports below.