Storage Performance Benchmarking Guidelines - Part I: Workload Design

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Saturday, May 1, 2010
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The purpose of this paper is to cite and recommend methods to be used for the determination of an appropriate storage performance focused benchmark. The implicit assumption throughout is that the remainder of the benchmarking infrastructure (servers, network, etc.) is sufficiently robust to force the storage element to be the bottleneck or performance limiting resource. Editor’s Note: This paper deals with the design aspects of a workload suitable for providing the stimulus in a storage performance benchmarking environment. There will be two complementary papers to follow. Part 2 will delve into the benchmarking data collection and reduction processes. Part 3 will concentrate on the presentation of benchmark results.