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sakacc
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vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

As of March 14th, this thread remains open, but the IX2 giveaway is closed (30 given away).  Thanks, and please continue to provide data!!!

This is a discussion thread where customer who have used the following freely provided, as-is, powershell scripts to gather their vSCSIstats and ESXtop (and optionally their EMC back-end storage) performance data can share their results.

While these will be there for the overall community to use (as this forum is completely public), within EMC this data will be used to further improve our storage platforms, and ensure we are testing against "customer like" scenarioes.

Any customer who posts their ESXtop and vSCSIstats (from their "heavy hitting VMs") performance data (if you are an EMC customer, the EMC array stats are bonus), I will provide an iomega IX2 to as a "thank you"

Please post your environment info and the output from the scripts (can be large, but is VERY compressible, please zip) on this thread.

As you post your results by continuing the discussion thread, please note some details about your environment:

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts?
  2. how many VMs?
  3. what vSphere version?
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both?
  5. What type of array backs the datastores?

The scripts to simplify gathering your data are below:

As always thank you for being VMware and EMC customers!

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millardjk
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts? --> 3 x Dell R710; 8 cores + HT; 96GB RAM
  2. how many VMs? 102 and growing
  3. what vSphere version? 4.1
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both? VMFS and guest-attached iSCSI (MS initiator)
  5. What type of array backs the datastores? Dell Equallogic PS6500E

The data is zipped using 7-Zip 9.2 using one of the new algorithms that can use more than 2 concurrent cores for compression.

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fox_inti1
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts: 6 ESXi 4.1 on Cisco UCS
  2. how many VMs: 50 and rising
  3. what vSphere version: 4.1
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both: NFS only
  5. What type of array backs the datastores: Celerra NS-960

Attached the output of the esxtop and vscsistats script and get_unified_nas_perf with a interval of 300.

I hop this is of any value.

best regards

Andi

Added the output of get_unified_nas_perf in csv format.

Maybe its also worth to mention that all datastoreses are created with the VSI Unified Storage Management vCenter plug-in

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chrisaug
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts? ---> 2 x Dell R710 ESXi hosts
  2. how many VMs? ---> Small environment.  Only 13 VMs right now, but growing
  3. what vSphere version? ---> 4.1.0, 320137
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both? --->  All VMs are on NFS.  Exchange dbs are in RDM using software iSCSI
  5. What type of array backs the datastores? --->  storage array is NetApp FAS-2020

I was able to get the esxtop info (I hope I did it right).  I'm still working on the vscsiStats.  I keep getting a message "not running anymore so quit".  I just got it running.  I'm not sure why but when I run it on my laptop, it works.  Both are Win 7 x64... hmmm

Anyway, here are the vscsiStats too.  I hope this can help, and if I did anything wrong and you need new data, just say so.  Thanks.

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mhurst201
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts?
    • We have 22 ESX Hosts, running on the Cisco UCS platform - specifically B200's and B250's.
  2. how many VMs?
    • Just over 200VM's. These consist of a 700 user Citrix environment, SAS Analytics, Cognos systems, Oracle DB's and various other applications.
  3. what vSphere version?
    • 4.1 across the board.
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both?
    • VMFS (and a couple RDM's for Oracle)
  5. What type of array backs the datastores?
    • We have both an EMC NS480 and an EMC NS960.

I will attach the files as they become available. I am selecting a sample of the entire environment, and will include our heaviest I/O application (SAS) for the scsistats.

-Mike

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arobinson76
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts? (2 clusters in different offices with 2 Dell R710's connected to common NAS. 8 cores each, running either 48 or 64 GB of RAM)
  2. how many VMs? (~10 on business host (100041) and ~20-30 running on dev host (101045), > 100 actually registered at any given time)
  3. what vSphere version? ESXi 4.1 (not update 1 yes)
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both? NFS Only
  5. What type of array backs the datastores? Aberdeen with (12) 1 TB 7200 RPM DATA in Raid 6 - Feeling kinda wimpy with everyone slinging around their EMC and NetApp arrays.  Guess this is real world small business stuff though.

See my attached doc entitiled Environment for more details on setup and timing of data collection.

Couldn't get the ESXTop script to run so I just ran it in batch mode for 4 hours, 30 second intervals.

Data attached in CSV files.

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lartb
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts?
    • Nine (IBM: 5xHS21, 32GB, E5450 - 4xHS22, 48GB, X5570)
  2. how many VMs?
    • 137 (mostly windows 2003)
  3. what vSphere version?
    • 4.0
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both?
    • VMFS (2 Gb FC)
  5. What type of array backs the datastores?
    • NetApp V3170 (mostly native FC disk, some SATA, some CX700 FC LUNs)

The vscsistats script doesn't seem to work with ESX 4.0, I made some edits so the script would at least run and collect some data.  The target was an Autonomy IDOL indexer that appears to be working on a reindex today.

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DefinIT
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts? - 4 * IBM x3650 M2 (2 Intel Xeon x5570 2.93Ghz/32GB RAM per host)
  2. how many VMs? - 40
  3. what vSphere version? - ESXi 4.1u1
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both? - VMFS
  5. What type of array backs the datastores - SAS DAS

vSCSStats is still running, I will upload shortly. IO workload is SQL 2008 R2 production servers.

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mryom
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

  1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts? 10 Production and 3 Test View servers | HP BL460c G1 AMD Opteron 221x (Dual Core, Dual Socket 2.2-2.6Ghz), 32GB ram, 4 Nics, Qlogic 4Gb/s HBA
  2. how many VMs? 192 Production + 23 Test View
  3. what vSphere version? ESXi 4.1.0 260247
  4. VMFS, NFS, Both? VMFS
  5. What type of array backs the datastores? EMC CX3 and CX4 Production and CX3 Test View

Windows 2000, 2003 and 2008 og some linux servers. Theres Exchange 2003, sql2000, 2005 and 2008 servers. Emailxtender indexserver, vcenter servers, windows AD/DNS, and a lot of web and application servers

Remove the first run and added a weeks data from collect_esxtop

Attatched unifited_perf CX3-40 Primary Production SAN being migrated to CX4-120, CX3-40f is just a replica of CX3-40, using RPA for replication.

Attachted vscsistats.

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herseyc
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Re: vSphere Performance - Customer Workload Data

1. how many ESX/ESXi hosts?

4 ESXi Hosts
3 (esx1-3) - HP DL380 G5, Dual Quad Core 2.66 GHz Intel Xeon x5355, 32 GB RAM
1 (esx4) - HP DL360 G7, Deual Quad Core 2.66 GHz Intel Xeon x5640, 64GB RAM

2. how many VMs?

58 VMs - Mix of Windows 2003, 2008, and Ubuntu
vCenter is also running as a Guest VM

3. what vSphere version?

ESXi 4.1.0, 260247

4. VMFS, NFS, Both?

VMFS for all production VMs.  NFS storage for testing and iso/image storage.

5. What type of array backs the datastores?

Celerra NS20 - Fiber Channel and SATA Shelves.
Most data storage on SATA Drives with most (not all) OS partitions installed on FC

The NFS Server is built on HP DL380G5 running Ubuntu

The esxtop stats were collected over a 24 hour period.

The vscsistats were collected for all VMs over about an 8 hour period, I started out collecting every 60 seconds but had issues and switched to 300 seconds. The results are cumulative over that 8 hour period.  Not sure if I collected these correctly, just let me know if other information is needed.

Thanks

Hersey

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