We have a large service provider hosting thousands of VMs with Netapp VAAI FASTclones and NFS. We tried to convince them to use VMware Linked Clones as Best Practice, but they justified not to use them with the following arguments:
“VMware linked clones are fast clones without VAAI support:
- misaligned writes (creates performance inefficiencies)
- read performance suffers especially for longer chain lengths
Just with the misaligned writes, the service provider's VMware admins worry about massive performance issues and better do not use it. “
Is it true, that we(VMware) are suffering on misaligned writes when using VMware Linked Clones?
Do we(VMware) have a read performance issue especially on longer Linked Clone chain lengths?
Any advice is welcome...
what they are referring to is VMFS partition alignment.
to the best of my knowledge this is not a issue on EMC storage due to the block sizes we use.
its been a few years since i checked this, but the document above should be a good starting point.
Well, VMware recommend to run a refresh of the pool whenever the linked clone reach around 13% of size of the parental image.
Apart from it, check your array, I assume you are using fast cache.