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    @cookie_monster: I'm currently using iSCSI but what I intend to do is create a 'fresh' VM (probably one Windows and one Debian) and use IOMeter to get some performance statistics via iSCSI, NFS and using local storage.

    It would be great if others could do similar tests - I will post the IOMeter config file so that the tests are comparable - and then people can make an informed decision. A comparison between VMWare, Hyper-V and XenServer would be nice too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    @cookie_monster: I'm currently using iSCSI but what I intend to do is create a 'fresh' VM (probably one Windows and one Debian) and use IOMeter to get some performance statistics via iSCSI, NFS and using local storage.

    It would be great if others could do similar tests - I will post the IOMeter config file so that the tests are comparable - and then people can make an informed decision. A comparison between VMWare, Hyper-V and XenServer would be nice too.
    Also worth testing aligned/unaligned partition and iscsi from inside a windows/linux VM for example (it can be faster than host level at times)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    Also worth testing aligned/unaligned partition and iscsi from inside a windows/linux VM for example (it can be faster than host level at times)
    I will also try some comparisons of performance between CIFS shares straight off the 7110 and a Windows file share via an iSCSI LUN from the 7110. I'll obviously have to do this at a time that there is minimal network traffic to make it a fair comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    It would be great if others could do similar tests - I will post the IOMeter config file so that the tests are comparable - and then people can make an informed decision. A comparison between VMWare, Hyper-V and XenServer would be nice too.
    As soon as I can find a NIC that VMware supports I may be able to help as I'll have four identical boxes - two running Xen and two running ESX. Unfortunately they'll be over 100MB rather than 1Gb Ethernet as neither Xen nor VMware will accept any of the spare Gig NICs I have lying around.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    @cookie_monster: I'm currently using iSCSI but what I intend to do is create a 'fresh' VM (probably one Windows and one Debian) and use IOMeter to get some performance statistics via iSCSI, NFS and using local storage.

    It would be great if others could do similar tests - I will post the IOMeter config file so that the tests are comparable - and then people can make an informed decision. A comparison between VMWare, Hyper-V and XenServer would be nice too.
    for those of you that are interested I have a standard set of filebench settings that we used for our stress testing. It's the same ones that the Fishworks team use to see what happens under certain workloads on the S7000 series.

    Cheers,

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    Awaiting my matching grant to be approved

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    Matching grant approved!

    So ordering a Pair of 7110's today!

    Storage me up baby!!!!

    Butuz

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    Congratulations, have fun!

    Presumably you're mirroring these? You'll have to let us know how it goes.

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    Can i ask in order to qualify for the grant does one need to order two units or can we choose to buy just 1.

    Ash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashok View Post
    Can i ask in order to qualify for the grant does one need to order two units or can we choose to buy just 1.

    Ash.
    Ash,

    to get them at this cost you would need to order at least a pair of x86 servers. They are however under edu promo @ £5k each.

    Drop me a PM for details

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Matching grant approved!

    So ordering a Pair of 7110's today!

    Storage me up baby!!!!

    Butuz
    Nice one Butuz!!

    Keep 'em coming!!

    Cheers,

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    All I need now are some Ultra 24s on maching grant!

    Butuz

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    iSCSI-v-NFS for use with XenServer up at Sun Storage 7110 Performance

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    Guys,

    for those that may have missed it


    A new micro update to the 2008.Q2 software has been posted. This includes targeted fixes for networking hangs during heavy FTP use. Any users with FTP deployments are encouraged to upgrade at the earliest opportunity.

    Link here Sun Storage 7000 Series Software Updates - Fishworks - wikis.sun.com

    Complete release notes can be found here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linescanner View Post
    A new micro update to the 2008.Q2 software has been posted. This includes targeted fixes for networking hangs during heavy FTP use. Any users with FTP deployments are encouraged to upgrade at the earliest opportunity.
    Any chance of an official Sun mailing list for this, or is there already one and I've missed it? I get emails from my WSUS server telling me about new Windows Updates, Red Hat send me emails for updates, as do NetApp... Any chance of Sun doing the same?

    I saw the RSS feed you can subscribe to, but email is a lot more convenient and likely to get noticed when you're busy. The other option would be to have the SAN auto-check for updates and give you a pop-up window notifying you (or even send you an email itself) that there's an update available when you log in?

    Cheers,
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