Cliff from the tweaks-and-performance-improvements dept.
pnutjam asks: "I work for a small to medium mental health company as the Network Administrator. While I think a SAN is a bit of overkill for our dozen servers, it was here when I got here. We currently boot 7 servers from our SAN, which houses all of their disks. Several of them have started to show excessive disk load, notably our SQL server, and our old domain controller (which is also the file/print server). I am in the process of separating our file/print server from our domain controller, but right now I get excessive disk load during the morning when people log on (we use roaming profiles). I think the disks need to be defragged, but should this be done on the servers, or on the SAN itself? When it comes to improving performance, I get conflicting answers when I inquire whether I would get better throughput from newer fibre-channel cards (ours are PCI-x, PCI-e is significantly faster), or mixing in some local disks, or using multiple fibre channel cards. Has anyone dealt with a similar situation or has some expertise in this area?"
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