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SubjectRe: Linux NFS vs NetApp
At 08:54 PM 11/01/2005, Neil Brown wrote:
>On Monday January 10, wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > I am trying to understand how NetApp can be so much
> > better at NFS servicing than my quad Opteron 250 SAN
> > attached machine. So I need some help and some
> > pointers to understand how I can make my opteron
> > machine come on par (or within 70% NFS performance
> > range) as that of my NetApp R200. I have run through
> > the NFS-how-to's and have heard "that is why they cost
> > so much more", but I really have to consider that
> > probably most of the ideas that are in the NetApp are
> > common knowldge (just not in my head).
> >
> > Can anyone shed some light on this?
>If you want to come anything close to comparable with a Netapp, get a
>few hundred Megabytes of NVRAM (e.g., and configure it
>as an external journal for your filesystem (I know this can be done
>for ext3, I don't know about other filesystems). Then make sure your
>filesystem journals all data, not just metadata (data=journal option
>to ext3).

NetApp's WAFL only journals metadata in NVRAM ...
(one of the primary reasons its called WAFL is that the data-write only
happens once..).


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