Transitioning to SSDs in a High I/O Environment

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New Relic is the largest SAAS based Application Performance Monitoring provider. We have 9 MYSQL shards that collectively handle million data points per second. Our original disk subsystem was 15k HDD drives in a RAID-5 configuration. As our site load grew, the disk subsystem was starting to behave less predictably and was becoming a bottleneck. After several months of research and testing we decided to make the plunge to SSD.

This talk will chronicle our experience moving from HDDs to SSDs and will include:

1) Architectural descriptions of before/after

2) Technical considerations with SSDs

3) Testing methodologies & benchmark results

4) MYSQL tuning for high I/O environments, with benchmark results

5) MYSQL tuning specific to SSDs, with benchmark results

6) Real-world disk utilization data before/after the cut-over

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Schedule info

Time slot: 
12 April 15:00 - 15:50
Ballroom E

Schedule Info

12 April 15:00 - 15:50 @
Ballroom E


Jim Gochee's picture
Sr. Vice President of Products, New Relic, Inc.

Jim has been in the application performance management space for more than 15 years as an engineer, architect, and visionary. At New Relic he serves as senior vice president of products and is responsible for product strategy and direction. His is also one of the chief architects of New Relic's database-intensive SaaS performance data collection system. Prior to New Relic, Jim held several senior positions on the engineering team at CA Technologies and Wily Technology.


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