[CentOS] recommend benchmarking SW

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 16:16:48 UTC 2009

Ross Walker wrote:
> On Nov 3, 2009, at 8:22 AM, Alan McKay <alan.mckay at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey folks,
>> We've got some new hardware and are trying to figure out what best to
>> do with it.   Either run CentOS right on the bare metal, or
>> virtualize, or several combination options.   Mainly looking at :
>> - CentOS on bare metal
>> - CentOS on ESXi 4.0 with local disk
>> - CentOS on ESXi with 1 VM running Openfiler to serve disk to other  
>> VMs
>> And want to benchmark these 3 scenarios
>> So far all we have is a dd-based disk IO benchmark.
>> What else can you all recommend.
>> BTW, we also ideally want to try each of the above with a Postgres DB
>> as well (and once without)
> Take a look at iozone it is a little dated, but still good and is  
> cross platform so you can can have a level playing field between  
> Linux, Windows and Solaris.
> I'd be interested in hearing your results. I will tell you it will be  
> slower then bare metal, that is just a fact of life, but with adequate  
> hardware it may be more then acceptable.

Odds are pretty good that the limiting factor will be disk head seek 
time regardless of the software layers above, although this may not show 
up in single-tasking benchmarks like it does in typical use.  The 
disk/partition layout and the way competing tasks are distributed across 
them are likely to have more effect on speed than an extra logical disk 
software wrapper.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com

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