September 2006 - Posts

This thing has been doing mine head in so I’m going to vent; some of you who know me know my opinion on SAN's - overpriced fads where DASD performs better, is cheaper etc....

Anyway, get this; SQL 2005 on x64 Windows 2003 R2, running a simple INSERT that inserts 8KB of data into a table (see script below).

Running the script where the database is on the SAN I’m only getting 12MB/sec write performance, SAN utilisation 80% and that’s the only thing running on the SAN!!

Running it against a database that is on local DASD SCSI disks – a mirrored pair through a PERC controller with battery backed cache I’m getting 30MB/sec.

The checkpoint process is fine, so its just the SAN not handing the 8KB writes that the log is doing.

Trying to find any support information on EMC’s site is laughable; perhaps they just don’t get it – is this the great information lock in? When you have a problem with their kit you have to pay somebody to help you; I thought those days in IT where long gone….

Based on the information that you have provided and the information available in our records, we have not been able to identify your company as having the necessary relationship with EMC to provide you with full access to Powerlink. However, you will be able to retain a limited-access Powerlink account.”

The limited-access is so limited it hasn’t got any options apart from asking you to upgrade to another account.

Anyway, we are going to rebuild the SAN using guidance from the supplier so I’ll report back in a couple of weeks and let you know how it went…

Out of interest, perhaps people could run the script below and report how many MB/sec write they are getting and whether its DASD or SAN….

create database testio

    on primary ( name=testio, filename='g:\testio.mdf', size=10gb )

    log on ( name=testio_log, filename='g:\testio.ldf', size=10mb,

    filegrowth=10mb )



use testio



create table testio (

 blah char(8000) not null




declare @i int

set @i = 1

set nocount on

while @i <= 100000


    insert testio values( cast( getdate() as char(8000) ) )

    set @i = @i + 1



23 Oct 2006 -> Check out a more recent entry on Server Commissioning (Transaction Log) for a more detailed explanation and tests and results as to whats going on.

Ok, I hope not!

I'm taking part in my first Taekwon-Do competition this Sunday (17th) in St Albans, I'm doing sparring and the pattern (Do San).

If you want to see me suffer or are just generally interested in Taekwon Do then come watch....

11am onwards; tickets £4 or £10 for family of 3.

Greenwood Park Leisure Centre
Tippendell Lane
Chiswell Green
St Albans
AL2 3HW.


UK SQL expert Paul Ibison has a really good website filled with useful stuff on Replication.

Check it out: