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VA7100 Config

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Joseph C. Denman
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VA7100 Config

Need a little info.

Got a va7100. Will it help performance to stripe vg's across the 2 controllers? I was planning on creating 2 luns and striping the vgs. Does anyone have any good information on initial configuration?


If I had only read the instructions first??
Ted Ellis_2
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Re: VA7100 Config

if you are going to create 2 LUNs and then add them to a single volume group, then you can achieve load balanceing (performance improvements) by making the primary path of LUN1 controller A and the other LUN controller B. Then the I/O to each LUN will flow across separate controllers.... Is that what you were asking?

Jeff Schussele
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Re: VA7100 Config

Hi Joseph,

Yes you'll get a performance increase, but I would caution you to also consider redundancy.
Do you have a plan to mirror the VG's LVs through separate controllers?
In your proposed layout if you lose one of the controllers or it's link - you'll lose that VG.

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Honored Contributor

Re: VA7100 Config

Hi Jcd

Ideally to achive redundancy and load balacing you need to have atleast two contorllers visilbe tot he disk that form the vg and the vg created with altreante diska s primary and secondary . it is better not to ahve bulky vg's and we use aa maximun of 4 disks or like 32 Gb per vg . Also the best perfomance achived is if the lvol is striped acroos these disks and hte block size as required . we use Oracle so gernally that is 8K .

Manoj Srivastava
Eugeny Brychkov
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Re: VA7100 Config

I'm in doubt that you will have great perfomance increase (but not perfomance loss)... if you would have VA7400 then yes. But VA7100 has only one Redundancy Group (RG1) and perfomance path for all LUNs created within VA7100 is Controller 1 (C1). Another controller C2 should be used for redundancy. It is because of internal VA7100 architecture. See,,0x59525c7609e9d61190050090279cd0f9,00.html and,,0x521006350fe2d61190050090279cd0f9,00.html . So I would create one big LUN with primary path through C1 instead of two ones. Anyway LUN's data will be protected by VA's hw and fw (RAIDs, checksums etc) very well
Vincent Farrugia
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Re: VA7100 Config


Usually, 2 controllers are meant for redundancy, not for performance increase. I.e., if one controller fails, you would still have access to the LUN through the other controller.

If you want BOTH, there is a way; through VxVM. VxVM offers dynamic multi-pathing (DMP), with which you setup your LUN with redundancy in the same way as before, but it access the LUN through both controllers at the same time.

You need a licence of VxVM to do this. Base VxVM (free with HP-UX 11i) does NOT offer this capability.

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Insu Kim
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Re: VA7100 Config

You need to think about "performance path".
The performance path is the most direct path that the host can take to the data in the array.

The performance path is always faster path in terms of data transfer rate.
In the VA7100, the performance path is always specified by the device file for controller 1.
Since the VA7100 has only one redundancy group and the secondary controller is used only for failover.

That is, the primary controller is always the most direct path to the data.
If controller 1 fails, the host will use the secondary path to controller 2.

In the VA7100, if data access through the secondary controller attempts, there's a performance penalty associated with that operation.

After all, it doesn't look good to stripe LUNs across both controllers for optimal performance in the VA7100.

Hope this helps you

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Joseph C. Denman
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Re: VA7100 Config

Thanks. I had read somewhere about needing to use the performance patch on the 7100. You folk confirmed it. Thanks again.

If I had only read the instructions first??