jeremy.page at gilbarco
Apr 8, 2011, 6:34 AM
Post #5 of 5
I'd second Stefan's comment. User error is generally the cause of
RE: Distribute aggregate across shelves or limit to one shelf?
[In reply to]
downtime, not hardware outages (assuming a reasonably architected sytem
from a redundancy standpoint). Complicating things generally makes you
more prone to outages, not less.
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On Behalf Of Stefan Funke
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 2:18 AM
To: toasters [at] mathworks
Subject: Re: Distribute aggregate across shelves or limit to one shelf?
Whatever you do, there is always a tradeoff between reliability,
performance and efficiency. I think all concerns are well answered in
NetApps storage resiliency paper: Do Raid-DP, do backups, do HA, do
multi-pathing, do disk auto assign, have spare parts (etc) and you'll
have 99,999% availability and a max of performance, as long as you can
And btw., limiting you and your system to have 1 aggregate/shelf
produces a lot of work reassigning disks/spares over time when your
systems grows. After 10+ years of operating netapp systems, I always had
my aggregates (volumes earlier) spread across all shelves and never had
any trouble with it.
Am 07.04.2011 21:58, schrieb Ray Van Dolson:
> Best practice (based on my reading of the archives) seems to be to
> distribute disk membership in an aggregate across disk shelves.
> This would appear to be for performance reasons primarily (less chance
> of saturating a shelf's "uplink" to the controller), but how does it
> affect reliability?
> If I limit myself to one aggregate per shelf, if I lose that shelf I
> lose only the one aggregate. If aggregates are distributed I could
> lose all of them.
> My thought is that the chance of the shelf failing is actually pretty
> slim as its hardware isn't all that sophisticated.
> And obviously there are performance penalties for limiting to one
> aggregate per shelf (disk count maximums).
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