I/O block size for VMware with P4000 – Part 2

After the first part on this topic (I/O Block Size – Part 1) I have received some interesting feedback. And now I wanted to make one point clear again here which I think I made in my first part.

So the only interesting point I have received here is the whitepaper link for the HP StorageWorks EVA Configuration best practice. Now on this white paper they emphasizes on the fact that Transfer size influences sequential performance.


Applications such as data warehouse and business intelligence that have a high percentage of sequential write application can improve array performance by verifying that the write transfer size is greater or equal to 32K and is a multiple of 8K (for example, 32K, 40K, 64K, 72K, 80K, … 128K). These transfer sizes simplify the cache management algorithms (which reduce the controller overhead to process a command) and reduce the total number of I/Os required to transfer a given amount of data. Storage systems typically choose these write transfer sizes, but operating systems, file systems, and databases also provide settings to manage the default transfer size


Best practice to improve sequential write performance: Tune the write transfer size to be a multiple of 8K and no greater than 128K.


So in our first article we were sure that it all depends on the workload we are Virtualizing.


About Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar is a Product Manager at Oracle for their Public Cloud with primary focus on Cloud Strategy, Cloud Native Applications and API Platform. His primary focus is driving Oracle’s Cloud Computing business with commercial and public sector customers; helping to shape and deliver on a strategy to build broad use of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings such as Compute, Storage, Network & Database as a Service. He is also responsible for developing public/private cloud integration strategies, customer’s Cloud Computing architecture vision, future state architectures, and implementable architecture roadmaps in the context of the public, private, and hybrid cloud computing solutions Oracle can offer.

One Reply to “I/O block size for VMware with P4000 – Part 2”

  1. Pingback: Virtualizing BCA – What about Application I/O Characteristics ? « Stretch Cloud – Technology Undressed

Leave a Reply