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system requirements for storage node

Hey people,

I have looked up the requirements in system ressources for storage node. But can someone tell me what is the real systems requirements for storage nodes ?

For the past month we have problems with our storage node hanging for no reason. That is until I put another 2GB of memory into my SN and everything work like a charm.


Pure luck or the SN is ressource hungry.

LAM
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DavidHampson
4 Tellurium

Re: system requirements for storage node

Storage nodes are very resource hungry as a large amount of data passes through them - if you look through the questions I have asked I have posted some rules of thumb I have gathered which no one really seemed willing to declare were good or not. We have found CPU tends to be the limiting factor as servers tend to have plenty of memory in these days (most of our storage nodes have 16GB+).
It may be interesting if you post the spec of your storage nodes, the amount of throughput you are hoping to get and the number and type of drives you are hoping to drive...
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Thanks for the response,

My storage node is an IBM System x3550 ( dual core 3GHZ, 6GB of memory) running windows 2008 STD 64 bits. 2 GB NIC Card and 1 FC HBA.

My SN service 2 tape libaries (quatum i50 (3 tape drive) & quatum scalar50 (2 tape drive) ) in DDS mode.

As for throughput I never paid attention to it. Cause mu SAN admin takes care of it.

I like to know why it is memory hungry. My understanding of Storage node is that the only demanding resource should be CPU and SAN throughput and not memory no ?

Why should we need 16GB+ of memory on a storage NODE ?
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ble1
6 Indium

Re: system requirements for storage node

My understanding of Storage node is that the only demanding resource should be
CPU and SAN throughput and not memory no ?

Correct.
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If this is correct. why would someone put 16GB in their SN ?
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DavidHampson
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Re: system requirements for storage node

That is how the server was when we got it - its better to have too much memory than too little!
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ble1
6 Indium

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If this is correct. why would someone put 16GB in their SN ?

To spend money from budget... so next year they ask for more :D
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Sachin_Thapan
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Re: system requirements for storage node

Memory usage may depend on the following factors:

a)If other applications are running concurrently with the backup on the storage node, they impose an additional load on the system. Heavy swapping or paging activities indicate that the server is CPU or memory-bound.

b)When a NetWorker server is saving a large number of save sets, such as 500 or more, memory consumption can reach high values. In this event, the parallelism may need to be lowered.

For best results, install the maximum amount of memory that your computers will sustain, especially for the NetWorker server and storage nodes.
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