At Kscope this year, I attended a half day in-depth session entitled Data Warehousing Performance Best Practices, given by Maria Colgan of Oracle. In that session, there was a section on how to determine I/O throughput for a system, because in data warehousing I/O per second (iops) is less important than I/O throughput (how much actual data goes through, not just how many reads/writes).
The section contained an Oracle-specific in-database tool, and a
standalone tool that can be used on many operating systems,
regardless of whether or not a database exists:
If Oracle is …