SANboost: automated SAN-level caching in storage area networks

I. Ari, M. Gottwals, D. Henze
<i title="IEEE"> International Conference on Autonomic Computing, 2004. Proceedings. </i> &nbsp;
The storage traffic for different Logical Units (LUs) of a disk array converge at the array's cache. The cache is allocated among the LUs approximately according to their relative I/O rates. In the case of non-uniform I/O rates and sensitivity to storage response times between differing applications in a Storage Area Network (SAN), undesirable cache interference between LUs can result in unacceptable storage performance for some LUs. This paper describes SANBoost, a SAN-level caching approach
more &raquo; ... at can be enabled selectively on a per-LU basis to provide a performance isolation mechanism for response time metrics related to storage quality of service (QoS). SANBoost automates hot data detection and migration processes in block-level storage. The design consists of a migration module implemented in a fabric-based SAN virtualization appliance and a Solid-State Disk (SSD) that acts as a cache resource within the same SAN. Simulation results quantify the impact of a specific static SANBoost caching policy on the SPC-1 benchmark workload and address the relative impact of adapting a threshold in the placement algorithm.
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