Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sun StorageTek 6140 Cache

We have a Sun StorageTek 6140 Array attached to a couple NAS heads. We share out its file systems from the NAS. But it seemed the NAS was creating bottlenecks and hanging NFS. As usual, it turned out to be something else.

We observed slowness during high or bursty I/O operations. Short story...It was the 6140's cache. Make sure your cache batteries are good to go and up to date. They have a 3 year shelf life. It will save you a lot of frustration in the long-run.

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