By Chang Shu on Nov 10, 2008
Today, Sun announces the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems a.k.a. Amber Road, the first Open Storage appliances. I tried out the product a while ago, with running DB2 workload to use it as database table space containers and log containers. What impressed me most is its simplicity in administration and comprehensive analytics. There are no commands needed for installation and configuration, all these can be done via click and drag in GUI interface. Dtrace is used underneath to trouble shoot, analyze, and optimize the system, and all these features are presented via graphics.
Running a DB2 database with data and transaction log files stored on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems has several advantages:
Extremely Fast Backup: Backup performance can be significantly improved using Snapshot copies in conjunction with DB2's set write suspend and set write resume commands. Snapshot copies can be created in a matter of seconds, regardless of the size of the database. This reduces the database backup window from hours to seconds and allows DBAs to take frequent full database backups without having to take the database offline.
Quick Recovery: Since there is no data copying involved, an incredible amount of time is saved as the file system is put back to the original state it was at the time the Snapshot was taken.
Availability and Reliability: The Amber Road Snapshot can create database backup in a matter of seconds without bringing a database down. Amber Road provides RAID-Z which is more reliable than RAID-5. It allows for better distribution of parity and eliminates the "RAID-5 write hole" (in which data and parity become inconsistent after a power loss). Data and parity is striped across all disks within a RAID-Z group.
No Impact on System Response Time: Because a Snapshot copy is simply a picture of the file system at a specific pint-in-time and creating a database backup using Snapshot does not involve actual data I/O, the process of backing up a database virtually has no performance impact on the system response time.
In the future blogs, I will introduce some hands-on examples on how to use the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems with DB2.