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SQL Server On SANs



How to configure and test SQL Server on storage area networks (SANs) with tools like multipathing and SQLIO.

How to configure and test SQL Server on storage area networks (SANs) with tools like multipathing and SQLIO.



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SQL Server On SANs SQL Server On SANs Presentation Transcript

  • SQL Server onStorage Area Networks
  • Brent Ozar
    SQL Server MVPfor Quest Software
    Managed SQL, VM, 80tb SAN for $7b co
    Published author
    Made lots of expensive mistakes
    @BrentO on Twitter
  • BrentOzar.com/go/insidetheblackbox
  • The Agenda
    Inside the SAN
    DBA Pros & Cons
    Starting From The Beginning
    How to Use SQLIO
  • In The Beginning…
  • Next: External Storage
  • Storage Area Networks
    Blazing Fast
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  • SAN Components
    Drive enclosures
    Controllers (& Cache)
    Switch networks
    Host Bus Adapters
    HBA Drivers
  • Drive Allocation Methods
  • Good Things
    Table partitioning
    Faster builds
    Easier growth
    Caching speed
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  • Not-So-Good Things
    Black box
    Cachingmay not help
    Compatibility lists
    More drivers
    Tough to grow
    SAN adminsmay not help
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  • “How many gigs do you need?”
  • “We’ll keep an eye on it for ya.”
    Perfmon changes
    Neighbors change
    SAN changes
    SAN monitoring software is tough
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  • What’s Your Bottleneck?
    Not Enough Drives
    Drives Too Slow
    Shared Drives
    RAID Level
    SAN Controllers
    Partition Alignment
  • Things to Monitor
    Hard drives
    Controllers (CPU, caching)
    Controller connectivity to the network
    Network switch throughput
    Server connectivity to the SAN (the HBA)
    Server drivers
  • The X Factor: Redundancy
    Hard drives – hundreds
    Controllers – 2+
    Controller connectivity to network – 4+
    Network – separate networks, switches
    Server connectivity to SAN – 2+
    Network fabrics – iSCSI, Fiber, WAN
  • SAN Monitoring
    Strict HCLs, SCLs
    Cross-platformmeans JAVA
    No “full” picture
    Very, very, veryexpensive
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  • Unpredictable, Unexplainable
  • Start From The Beginning
    Get block sizes right
    Align partitions
    Design for pathing
    Test with SQLIO
    Install SQL Server
    Monitor sec/read, write
    Save history
  • Simple SAN Pathing
  • Simple SAN Pathing
  • Simple SAN Pathing
  • Simple SAN Pathing
  • SIMPLE?!?1#%&@!?
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  • Goals of Multipathing
  • Active/Active Can Mean
  • Active/Active Gotchas
    One path per LUN/volume
    Sending vs receiving
    Post-failover stickiness
    Network design
  • Network Bottleneck Example
  • Pathing Really Matters Now
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    Why Can’t We Go Faster?
  • How to Run SQLIO
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o1 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
  • Write This Down. It’s Important.
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o1 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o2 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o4 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o8 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o16 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o32 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o64 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o128 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t4 -s120 -dM -o1 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t4 -s120 -dM -o2 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t4 -s120 -dM -o4 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio -kW -t4 -s120 -dM -o8 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
  • We Did the Hard Work
  • The Output
    E:Program Files (x86)SQLIO>sqlio -kW -t2 -s120 -dM -o1 -frandom -b64 -BH -LS Testfile.dat
    sqlio v1.5.SG
    using system counter for latency timings, -1361967296 counts per second
    2 threads writing for 120 secs to file M:Testfile.dat
    using 64KB random IOs
    enabling multiple I/Os per thread with 1 outstanding
    buffering set to use hardware disk cache (but not file cache)
    using current size: 24576 MB for file: M:Testfile.dat
    initialization done
    throughput metrics:
    IOs/sec: 1539.50
    MBs/sec: 96.21
    latency metrics:
    Min_Latency(ms): 0
    Avg_Latency(ms): 0
    Max_Latency(ms): 572
    ms: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24+
    %: 66 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Common Bottlenecks
    1 gig = ~125 MB/sec
    2 gig = ~250 MB/sec
    4 gig = ~500 MB/sec
    10 gig = ~1250 MB/sec
  • Working Around It
    Data/logs/tempdbon different volumes
    Separategroups of DBs
    Separate DBinto filegroups
    TempDB, backups
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  • Wrapping It Up
    Test before deployment
    Learn multipathing
    Design DB files around SAN limits
    Monitor forever
    Get vendor help
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  • Advanced Topics
    Table partitioning
    Filegroups & files
    Snapshot backups
    Storage virtualization
    Storage VMotion
    SAN administration
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  • BrentOzar.com/go/insidetheblackbox