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VSA Performance

lax617
Occasional Contributor

VSA Performance

Hello,

Can someone explain what effect this setting in the CMC (ver 8.1) has on storage performance? I have been running performance tests using IO meter, but moving the slider does not seem to have much effect in the numbers I am seeing.

Thanks.
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teledata
Respected Contributor

Re: VSA Performance

This determines how much bandwidth priority you give to internal cluster traffic (like replication and restriping).

Increasing this allows internal cluster restripes to complete faster, but could degrade the performance of your iSCSI volume traffic. If you are doing maintenance during a down time you can crank this up to allow it to complete faster, but be sure you drop it back down when you are done and before you start having significant iSCSI traffic to your volumes.

I think in version 8.5 the default is 16MB/s instead of 4 MB/s
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lax617
Occasional Contributor

Re: VSA Performance

Thanks teledata. Are there any other parameters or settings to tinker with in order to improve performance? I followed the guidelines in the VSA user's manual and have tried tinkering with settings in vCenter, but based on IOmeter testing and ESX related operations I have not seen much of a difference.

I have combed these forums and google looking for other settings to play with, but I haven't come up with anything that provides a noticeable improvement.


Reginald Swensen
Occasional Advisor

Re: VSA Performance

The greatest performance improvement I got was when I moved my VSAs to VMWare ESXi 4.1. I'm running them on HP DL180V6 machines and performance looks almost the same as my older NSM2120G2 (roughly equiv to P4300) units. Of course I am running SANIQ 8.5.
teledata
Respected Contributor

Re: VSA Performance

Of course the other performance increase is simply optimization of the underlying hardware RAID supporting it.

There is not much tweaking that can be done to the VSA, since it is a software virtualized RAID 0 stripe with limited network options (same as with disk, you best option for improving performance and/or failover is via the virtual network stack)
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