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Vol. 4 No. 11 January 2006

Pump up array performance

To get the best performance from your array, you need to tune it to match its workload. AN I/O REQUEST STARTS at a host running an application or a service, travels through layers of its operating system to a host bus adapter (HBA) and then hops through the SAN fabric until it reaches the storage subsystem. When the storage subsystem responds, this course is reversed. This circuitous route offers plenty of performance-killing bottlenecks, as well as opportunities to optimize the performance of your storage subsystem to provide better service for all I/O commands. I/O performance optimization activities for SAN-attached arrays can occur at the following three distinct times: Before the subsystem is purchased when choices about drives, interfaces, cache and data replication features are made. At configuration time when choices are made related to RAID level, RAID segment and stripe size; which drives to use to support a RAID group; which LUNs to assign to a RAID group; as well as cache options for the subsystem, RAID group and/or ...

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Features in this issue

  • Pump up array performance

    As data wends it ways from hosts, through the fabric and to the array, it encounters many potential bottlenecks. But that also means there are a number of ways to improve storage subsystem performance. The key to the tuning process is a thorough understanding of your application requirements.

  • Encryption appliances reviewed

    Lost tapes have been headline news lately, making encryption products hotter than ever. We review encryption products from Kasten Chase, NeoScale Systems and Vormetric to help you choose the best product for your shop.

  • Top tape libraries revealed

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    Users cite a high level of satisfaction for these backup mainstays, citing StorageTek and Spectra Logic as the top libraries, in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards.

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