How to improve db performance with $7K?

From: Steve Poe
Subject: How to improve db performance with $7K?
Date: ,
Msg-id: 42443863.4040302@sfnet.cc
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How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Tom Lane, )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Will LaShell, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Joshua D. Drake", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Bjoern Metzdorf, )
    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Josh Berkus, )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Cott Lang, )
       Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Cott Lang, )
         Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
          Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Thomas F.O'Connell, )
           Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
            Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Steinar H. Gunderson", )
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          Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Vivek Khera, )
           Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Will LaShell, )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
    Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (PFC, )
     Re: Follow-Up: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Steinar H. Gunderson", )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (PFC, )
    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Dave Cramer, )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
       Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Vivek Khera, )
         Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (William Yu, )
         Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
          Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (William Yu, )
           Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
            Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Jim C. Nasby", )
             Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
              Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
               Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
              Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
               Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
               Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Tom Lane, )
                Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
                  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Tom Lane, )
                    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
                      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (PFC, )
                     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Tom Lane, )
                      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                       Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Tom Lane, )
                        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
                     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Vivek Khera, )
                      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Joshua D. Drake", )
                       Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Vivek Khera, )
                      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Matthew Nuzum, )
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                    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Kevin Brown, )
                   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
                   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Bruce Momjian, )
                    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
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                     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Bruce Momjian, )
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            Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Douglas J. Trainor", )
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    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Dave Cramer, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Alexander Kirpa", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Matthew Nuzum", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (PFC, )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Tom Lane, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Dave Held", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Joshua D. Drake", )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (William Yu, )
    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
       Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Jacques Caron, )
         Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
          Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
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         Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Greg Stark, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alan Stange, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (John A Meinel, )
         Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
          Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Joshua D. Drake", )
           Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
        Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Steve Poe, )
         Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Jacques Caron, )
      Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Jim C. Nasby", )
     Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (William Yu, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Dave Held", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Dave Held", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Jim C. Nasby", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Jim C. Nasby", )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Dave Held", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Alex Turner, )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (William Yu, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Bruce Momjian, )
   Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (, )
    Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Jim C. Nasby", )
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       Re: What to do with 6 disks?  (Vivek Khera, )
      Re: What to do with 6 disks?  (William Yu, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Bruce Momjian, )
  Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  (Dawid Kuroczko, )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Dave Held", )
 Re: How to improve db performance with $7K?  ("Mohan, Ross", )

Situation:  An 24/7 animal hospital (100 employees) runs their business
on Centos 3.3 (RHEL 3) Postgres 7.4.2 (because they have to) off a 2-CPU
Xeon 2.8MHz, 4GB of RAM, (3) SCSI disks RAID 0 (zcav value 35MB per
sec). The databse is 11GB comprised over 100 tables and indexes from 1MB
to 2GB in size.

I recently told the hospital management team worst-case scenerio they
need to get the database on its own drive array since the RAID0 is a
disaster wating to happen. I said ideally a new dual AMD server with
6/7-disk configuration would be ideal for safety and performance, but
they don't have $15K.  I said a seperate drive array offer the balance
of safety and performance.

I have been given budget of $7K to accomplish a safer/faster database
through hardware upgrades.  The objective is to get a drive array, but I
can use the budget any way I see fit to accomplish the goal.

Since I am a dba novice, I did not physically build this server, nor did
I write the application the hospital runs on, but I have the opportunity
to make it better, I'd thought I should seek some advice from those who
have been down this road before.  Suggestions/ideas anyone?

Thanks.

Steve Poe


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