There are about a gazillion FAQs and HOWTOs out there that talk about XFS configuration, RAID IO alignment, and mount point options. I wanted to try to put some of that information together in a condensed and simplified format that will work for the majority of use cases. This is not meant to cover every single tuning option, but rather to cover the important bases in a simple and easy to understand way.
Let’s say you have a server with standard hardware RAID setup running conventional HDDs.
For the sake of simplicity you create one single RAID logical volume that covers all your available drives. This is the easiest setup to configure and maintain and is the best choice for operability in the majority of normal configurations. Are there ways to squeeze more performance out of a server by dividing the logical volumes: perhaps, but it requires a lot of fiddling and custom tuning to …[Read more]