Cisco UCS® Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data delivered industry’s first-ever 100-terabyte (TB) and best 3-TB and 30-TB results on the TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS).

These results demonstrate Cisco’s leadership with best performance at the scale factors of 3 and 30 TB, and Cisco is the first vendor to publish results for a scale factor of 100 TB. The results are made possible with Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, an industry-leading platform widely adopted across industry vertical markets that provides a fast and simple way to deploy big data environments.

These world-record results were achieved using Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data powered by Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Servers interconnected using two Cisco UCS 6296 96-Port Fabric Interconnects with embedded management using Cisco UCS Manager and a Cisco Nexus® 9372PX Switch. Check out the Performance Brief and UCS Industry Benchmarks Summary for additional information on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the TPC Website.

TPCx-HS Benchmark Results with Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data Summary:

Scale Number of Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Servers Performance and Price/Performance Availability Date
3 TB1 16 11.76 HSph@3TB


September 24, 2015
30 TB2 32 23.42 HSph@30TB


October 26, 2015
100 TB3 32 21.99 HSph@100TB


October 26, 2015


The industry and technology landscapes have changed. IT is being extended far beyond traditional transaction processing and data warehousing to big data and analytics. Foreseeing the industry transition the TPC has developed TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS) – industry’s first (and so far the only) standard for benchmarking big data systems to provide the industry with verifiable performance, price-performance and availability metrics of hardware and software systems dealing with Big Data. TPCx-HS provides an objective measure of hardware, operating system, and commercial software distributions compatible with the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) API. This benchmark can be used to asses a broad range of system topologies and implementation of Hadoop systems in a technically rigorous and directly comparable, in a vendor-neutral manner.

Although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, only Cisco UCS unleashes their power to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification. The unique, fabric-centric architecture of Cisco UCS integrates the Intel Xeon processors into a system with a better balance of resources that brings processor power to life. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure Solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.


The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a nonprofit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks, and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry. TPC membership includes major hardware and software companies. The performance results described in this document are derived from detailed benchmark results available as of October 23, 2015, at http:// www.tpc.org/tpcx-hs/results/tpcxhs_perf_ results.asp


Girish Kulkarni

Senior Marketing Manager

Data Center & Virtualization Marketing