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Aggravating circumstances for the Back-to-Back scenario

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Data ONTAP 8
  • Data ONTAP 7

Answer

  • The incoming workload (continuous or burst) is greater than what the storage appliance is configured to handle (commonly this includes using slower drives for production loads).
  • Inefficiencies in data layout cause excessive internal systems overhead(usually due to unaligned IO in LUNs or VMDK storage objects).
    • If either of the above circumstances exists, they absolutely must be corrected in an effort to alleviate future performance issues with the storage controller.
    • If the issue is due to unaligned IO on LUNs or VMDK storage objects, this should be the initial focus for addressing the possible performance issues.

Note:

  • Back-to-Back CPs are identified by a 'B' or 'b' in the CP Type column of sysstat output, not simply seeing CPs start in the next sample after one completes.
  • If you are experiencing a performance problem with workload, throughput or latency, then please open a case with NetApp Global Support.

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