Tag: nutanix

Impact of Data locality on DB workloads.
By: Date: July 23, 2019 Categories: Nutanix Tags: ,

In this video I migrate a Postgres DB running PGbench benchmark. The DB is running on a Host which is CPU constrained. Once the VM is migrated to a less busy host the transaction rate immediately increases from ~15,000 to ~20,000. As the DB continues to run on the new host – the Nutanix storage…

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Install a bitnami image to Nutanix AHV cluster.
By: Date: June 28, 2019 Categories: Nutanix Tags: , , , ,

One of the nice things about using public cloud is the ability to use pre-canned application virtual appliances created by companies like Bitnami. We can use these same appliance images on Nutanix AHV to easily do a Postgres database benchmark Step 1. Get the bitnami image wget  https://bitnami.com/redirect/to/587231/bitnami-postgresql-11.3-0-r56-linux-debian-9-x86_64.zip Step 2. Unzip the file and convert…

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X-Ray scenario to demonstrate Nutanix ILM behavior.
By: Date: October 25, 2018 Categories: X-Ray Tags: ,

Specifically a customer wanted to see how performance changes (and how quickly) as data moves from HDD to SSD automatically as data is accessed.  The access pattern is 100% random across the entire disk. In a hybrid Flash/HDD system – “cold” data (i.e. data that has not been accessed for a long time) is moved…

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The return of misaligned IO
By: Date: May 25, 2017 Categories: Debugging Tags: , ,

We have started seeing misaligned partitions on Linux guests runnning certain HDFS distributions.  How these partitions became mis-aligned is a bit of a mystery, because the only way I know how to do this on Linux is to create a partition using old DOS format like this (using -c=dos  and -u=cylinders) 

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Creating compressible data with fio.
By: Date: October 18, 2016 Categories: fio Tags: , , ,

Today I used fio to create some compressible data to test on my Nutanix nodes.  I ended up using the following fio params to get what I wanted.   buffer_compress_percentage=50 refill_buffers buffer_pattern=0xdeadbeef buffer_compress_percentage does what you’d expect and specifies how compressible the data is refill_buffers Is required to make the above compress percentage do what you’d…

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SATA on Nutanix. Some experimental data.
By: Date: June 16, 2015 Categories: Storage Hardware and Devices Tags: , , ,

The question of  why  Nutanix uses SATA drive comes up sometimes, especially from customers who have experienced very poor performance using SATA on traditional arrays. I can understand this anxiety.  In my time at NetApp we exclusively used SAS or FC-AL drives in performance test work.  At the time there was a huge difference in performance between…

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Designing a scaleout storage platform.
By: Date: June 12, 2014 Categories: Nutanix Tags: ,

I was speaking to one of our developers the other day, and he pointed me to the following paper:  SEDA: An Architecture for Well-Conditioned, Scalable Internet Services as an example of the general philosophy behind the design of the Nutanix Distributed File System (NDFS). Although the paper uses examples of both a webserver and a gnutella client,…

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