Can a single storage platform maintain 1 million IOPS for any length of time? Apparently so.
Third I/O is claiming a sustained data rate of 1.1 million IOPS using its Iris Storage Platform. The company used a pair of HP DL 585 G servers -- each sporting four Opteron Quad Core 8360s and Emulex LPe12002 8 Gbps Fibre Channel adapters -- one set up as a storage initiator running Windows 2008 ES x64, and the other as an SSD using the Iris platform.
Under the IOmeter benchmark, the system gained the 1.1 million IOPS mark and delivered an access time of 470 microseconds.
Third I/O specializes in assembling high-speed networking and supercomputing technologies for high-power computing environments. The company says it can deliver this kind of networking quickly since it consists entirely of off-the-shelf hardware.