Re: Setting up storage Array for ASM

From: Jeremy Schneider <>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:19:19 -0500
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Ahhh! A religious, er, um, "storage best practice" question.

On 4/25/2011 6:42 PM, Steven Andrew wrote:
> if database is NOT going grow beyond allocated space, it shouldn't be
> a problem right.

Is that like saying that 640K memory should be enough for anything? :)

A few thoughts in response to the thread so far: - the number 4 seems a little arbitrary to me, as indeed all "specific" numbers that have been thrown out in this discussion - 11gR2 does not actually require dedicated disks for OCR/vote although it seems to me that most people are doing this. the OCR & vote can be spread across disks that are also used for data. - if you use ASM for redundancy then you get "hot spare capacity" instead of hot spare disks, and achieve better spindle utilization and higher IOPS -- but you lose a lot of potential capacity b/c you can't use a parity scheme; only mirroring
- IMHO, avoiding parity-based RAID for mirroring and trying to segregate traffic (e.g. redo) MIGHT get you AT BEST an extra 10-15% performance over properly-configured alternatives. I made up that number, but the point is - it's small. And that's only if you do it exactly right... which is very difficult... I honestly doubt that it's making any difference in most databases (ever since it became a popular religion). And you lose a lot of possible capacity. Maybe parity is best for you. - What if your DB is still small in 2 years and you decide that want to use some of that disk for something different? Trying to shrink a LUN which has been given to ASM is basically impossible right now. - The question of what's most important for you (capacity, performance, flexibility) is purely a business decision. There is no best practice that can answer this for you.

Not that I have any of your answers, but if you're interested you can check out a presentation I gave at UKOUG and Collaborate this year about ASM lessons learned at a number of large companies. That was more about wide-scale adoptions, and your question sounds a bit different. Nonetheless: see "Premier League Peek" ->


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Jeremy Schneider

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