Nexenta Performance Testing No-SSD/SSD

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In this post I will be testing Disk IO without SSD for L2ARC and ZIL/SLOG and then again with SSD for L2ARC and ZIL/SLOG. I will be using the VMware I/O analyzer from here. The SSD drives I will be using are the Intel 520 120GB drives. We will see what the different IO scenarios will look like for NFS and iSCSI. I will also be changing the disk sizes for the second virtual disk on the analyzer from the default of 100MB to 20GB. I am doing this because my NAS/SAN has 16GB of memory installed and I do not want it to cache the data giving false output. I will also be running the test duration for the default 120 secs.

Check out this  post and then this one for information on my Nexenta configurations.

First download the I/O analyzer appliance zip file and then extract it. Then import the ova file using the vCenter client.

Below are the different VMware IO Analyzer tests used. I tried to use what I would consider real world scenarios to get a real sense of performance vs. just seeing max performance. If you would like to see a test of a different scenario feel free to leave a comment on this post.

OLTP 4K (4K 70% Read 100% Random) - NFS

NFS

10-27-51

NFS - SSD

10-25-35

NFS - (Sync=disabled)

10-34-29

 NFS - SSD - (Sync=disabled)

10-38-26

OLTP 4K (4K 70% Read 100% Random) - iSCSI

iSCSI

10-42-59

iSCSI - SSD

10-44-17

Results from above clearly show that iSCSI using SSD for ZIL/SLOG and L2ARC outperforms the other scenarios including NFS.

SQL - 64k (64k 66% Read 100% Random) - NFS

NFS

10-53-30

NFS - SSD

10-54-38

NFS - (Sync=disabled)

10-56-12

NFS - SSD - (Sync=disabled)

10-58-08

SQL - 64k (64k 66% Read 100% Random) - iSCSI

iSCSI

11-00-38

iSCSI - SSD

11-01-35

Results from above clearly show that iSCSI using SSD for ZIL/SLOG and L2ARC outperforms the other scenarios including NFS.

Exchange 2007 (8k 55% Read 80% Random) - NFS

NFS

11-06-05

NFS - SSD

11-06-50

NFS - (Sync=disabled)

11-08-04

NFS - SSD - (Sync=disabled)

11-09-44

Exchange 2007 (8k 55% Read 80% Random) - iSCSI

iSCSI

11-14-24

iSCSI - SSD

11-15-44

Results from above clearly show that iSCSI using SSD for ZIL/SLOG and L2ARC outperforms the other scenarios including NFS.

Webserver (8k 95% Read 75% Random) - NFS**

NFS

11-27-28

NFS - SSD

11-28-32

NFS - (Sync=disabled)

11-31-00

NFS - SSD - (Sync=disabled)

11-32-08

Webserver (8k 95% Read 75% Random) - iSCSI

iSCSI

11-34-37

iSCSI - SSD

11-35-40

Results from above clearly show that iSCSI using SSD for ZIL/SLOG and L2ARC outperforms the other scenarios including NFS.

Notes

  • ZIL is not touched using iSCSI unless you disable writeback cache for the zvol.
  • For NFS it appears that throughput and IOPS increased marginally, but the latency decreased significantly when using SSD for ZIL/SLOG and L2ARC. But iSCSI with SSD clearly outperformed NFS in all tests.
  • To check out the usage of L2ARC go hereand get the arcstat.pl script and run it with the following commands.
  • ./arcstat.pl  -f read,hits,miss,hit%,l2read,l2hits,l2miss,l2hit%,arcsz,l2size

That is all I have for this testing scenario and again I welcome comments and would be glad to perform additional tests if asked.

Enjoy!

**Update** You can see the results of a few of these same tests on my new server build here.

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