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POLL: Which SAN vendor have you had the best “SQL” experience with?

First and foremost, I want to see a totally anonymous poll that shows which vendor is the most loved by the SQL community. At the same time, if you would be kind enough to carry on a dialogue through the comments then I believe everyone would benefit. Choosing or replacing a SAN vendor requires getting past all the marketing fluff and down to the stuff that really matters. I hope that I can start a little momentum in that direction with this poll. Benchmarks and reviews are great if you have links to share. I want to know your bad experiences as well as the days when you were glad you chose a certain vendor.


Here are a few links to add to the discussion. If you have additional links feel free to add them.



Comments { 0 } Posted on June 7, 2012 in SAN, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Jumbo Packets

In the past few months, we’ve gradually been implementing a new SAN solution from Dell that uses iSCSI. We are kind of learning as we go and there are always bumps in the road. I’d noticed we had some I/O issues on our main production SQL Server but nothing seemed to add up and I couldn’t find where the problem could be outside of tuning indexes or putting data files on a different drive. We are on SQL Server 2000 but we are moving towards 2005 and I’m sure that might have helped me troubleshoot the problem. I came across something the other day about Jumbo packets. As I read more and figured out where to check things I figured out I might have been onto something. Brent Ozar passed me this link that helps check on the packet size. I looked at the iSCSI connection(NIC card –> Configure –> Advanced) and noticed that the Jumbo Mtu was set to 1500. I asked more questions of our admin and everything else along the pipe had been raised to 9000, but somehow the card got missed. Once I set this to 9000 I saw that I had far fewer I/O problems. They are still there due to poor indexes and disk contention but they are better than they were. Just thought I’d pass this along in case anyone else had a similar issue with iSCSI.

Comments { 1 } Posted on February 26, 2009 in General, SAN, SQL Server 2000