Next goes the Web-Server pattern. This pattern is free from write requests (this is actually not very typical of today’s web-servers that have lots of dynamic content), so the Seagate HDDs have another chance to distinguish themselves.
Rather surprisingly, this test is won by the Hitachi team. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 tries to compete with them at low loads (thanks to its better implementation of NCQ) but the Hitachi drives are obviously faster.
Let’s examine the range of low loads in more detail:
It is a tough struggle but the Hitachi drives are somewhat faster. We can check this out by calculating the performance ratings.
The Hitachi drives are indeed better than their opponents in this pattern.