Recently we have helped our customer to migrate their entire application stack from one data center to another. Before we were brought on-board, customer had already placed an order for a new set of servers with the new hosting provider. All of them were suppose to be high-end systems – many CPU cores, plenty of RAM and RAID array build on top of SSD drives. As the new machines started being available to us, we began setting up the new environment. At some point it turned out that the new machines were actually slower compared to the several year old systems and their load was much higher under comparable traffic. … [Read more...] about How slow can SSD be or why is testing a new server performance important?
A while ago I had a discussion with someone about the future of server infrastructure. Among other things, we were wondering whether companies will continue to run on dedicated servers or if eventually everyone just ends up in a Cloud environment. During the discussion I raised a point that in principle Cloud is a great idea that will keep attracting more and more people, but it is missing one important piece that stops many from using it - a high performance storage. Apparently, this has just changed. … [Read more...] about Amazon EC2 now powered by high performance storage (benchmark)
There are probably thousands of articles on the Internet about disk statistics in Linux, what various columns mean, how accurate the information is, and so on. I decided to attack the problem from a little bit more practical side. Hopefully this will be just the first of many future posts on identifying various I/O related performance problems on a MySQL server. … [Read more...] about Analyzing I/O performance
Usually the answer should be "no!". RAID level 5 is hardly ever a good choice for any database storage. It comes with a very high overhead as each write turns into a sequence of four physical I/O operations, two reads and two writes, in order not only to update a data block, but also to re-calculate and update the corresponding checksum block. The resulting penalty is not just slower writes. The extra operations mean the storage I/O capacity is reduced too. … [Read more...] about Should RAID 5 be used in a MySQL server?