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    SAN Perfomance - IOPS

    Hi All,

    I've been doing some research on the performance of SANS but if I'm honest I still don't totally understand the IOPS concept. I appreciate if a the IOPS are hight then the disks are busy but what I'm struggling to understand is what constitutes too high?

    We essentially have two sets of storage, a HP P4300 SAS cluster and a P4300 Sata cluster which are both connected via a 1GB fibre.
    The average IOPS total on the SAS is 77.4:
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    The average IOPS total on the SATA is 76.4:
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    I guess what I'm asking is when should I worried i.e. when they reach what sort of peak?

    Thanks

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    What scale is that on?

    77 iops is nothing... I've got a client of 60 users who have 1000 IOPS.

    what is high IOPs really depends on what the hardware underneath will perform too.

    What do you have running on the sans?
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply, the scale goes up to 100 which I'm guessing is IOPS:
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    I'm running 3 VM hosts and basic file sharing etc. Nothing drastic really, what prompted this was we have a class of people who use VB to create projects and when they save the project (around 5 folders and 50 small files), VB freezes where as if they save locally VB doesnt freeze.

    So I thought I'd just rule out the SAN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobD View Post
    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply, the scale goes up to 100 which I'm guessing is IOPS:
    scale.JPG

    I'm running 3 VM hosts and basic file sharing etc. Nothing drastic really, what prompted this was we have a class of people who use VB to create projects and when they save the project (around 5 folders and 50 small files), VB freezes where as if they save locally VB doesnt freeze.

    So I thought I'd just rule out the SAN.
    By the looks of it those support up to around 2000 IOPS (roughly).

    By the sounds of that I would be looking at Anti-Virus on the server which they are saving too.

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    Cool, so I take it if the SAN reached 2000 IOPS then it would really struggle or at least be under a very heavy load?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobD View Post
    Cool, so I take it if the SAN reached 2000 IOPS then it would really struggle or at least be under a very heavy load?
    Yes - You can do testing with IOMeter- How to measure IOPS on ESX / ESXi using Iometer - Gatt IT Limited

    This will let you actually simulate the servers being under high load.

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    Brilliant, thanks I'll take a look.

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