Sundio Group SQL Server 2012 TAP Deployment

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Sundio Group
SQL Server 2012 TAP Deployment
Lessons Learned
Bas Bruijninckx (Sundio Group)
Koen Reijns (Sundio Group)
Justin Langford (Coeo)
INTRODUCTION
Sundio Facts & Figures
Business
IT
10 Brands
> 100 Servers
9 Countries
> 25 workstations
12 offices
68TB EMC storage
>400 Million turnover
>100 databases
>700K Passengers in 2011
4 TB Fusion-io ioMemory
250 employees
25 IT Staff
450 tourguides
Sundio Strategy
Business
IT
Volume
Process automation
Efficiency (Low cost)
One platform
2005 – 2011 : Buy & build
(investor)
State of art, Proven
technologies
2012 onwards : autonomous
& foreign growth
Performance engineering
IT Challenges
• Seasonal business pattern
– €400k/ day to €4 million/ day
• 24hr business
• Massive amounts of data
• Performance is business key success factor
– Duplicate data for scalability
SQL Server Environment
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SQL Server 2012 Rationale
• Already invested in platform stability, risk-ready
• Skip SQL 2008 – one upgrade to SQL 2012 rather
than migration path 2005-2008-2012
• Scale-out reporting to AlwaysOn replica
– Off-load reporting, reduce OLTP contention
– Utilize standby hardware
• Recognized as an advanced technology company
• Closer to Microsoft
PROJECT PLAN
Planning
• Hardware upgrade
– New SAN / Blade servers
• SQL Upgrade
– Basic preparations done for SQL 2008 upgrade
– Preparations started in February 2011
Planning
• Restoring databases from SQL2005 to SQL2012 CTP version
• Upgrade SSIS packages
• Preparing connection strings & load balancer
• Basic testing
• Baseline performance test new hardware
• Running SSIS packages
• Applications – basic functions
Planning
• Performance testing
– SQLCAT performance lab
• Focus: Price and availability engine
• Push the configuration to the max
Step
Performance
SQL 2005 + old hardware
100%
SQL 2005 + new hardware
+ 222%
SQL 2012 + new hardware
+ 269 %
SQL 2012 + new hardware + new functionality
… An additional 50% increase! …
Planning
• Functional testing
– User testing
– Vendor support
• Back-office process
– Jobs
– Price & Availability engine
– Replication testing
Planning
• Upgrade (November 5th)
– One 4-node cluster
– Big bang upgrade
– Temporary front-end servers
• Post migration support
• Upgrade to RC1 (mid-February)
LESSONS LEARNED
Pre-Upgrade
• Installation procedure
– CTP3 + Refresh install slow*
• 5 instances on 4 nodes (20 installs)
• *Fixed in RC0 (good experience with RC1 in test)
• Challenges with CT3 in-place upgrade
• SSIS Bugs
– Password retention
– Deadlocks with self
– Job step properties
Pre-Upgrade
• AlwaysOn AG
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Async readable secondary
4-node cluster
Primary and replica may not co-exist on same node
Control failover via Possible owners & anti-affinity
Use T1448 to avoid AlwaysOn latency affecting Log
Reader performance
Pre-Upgrade
• SAN storage performance
– Acceptance criteria
• Max Avg read/ write latency <20ms
• Target Avg read/ write latency <10ms
– Significant challenges reaching target performance
– Persisted with EMC and performance improved
– Necessary to fix pre-go-live
Post-upgrade
• Replication
– Heavy users of transactional replication
– Utilise SP replication to improve performance
– Transaction isolation READ UNCOMMITTED not
supported with repl’d SPs from SQL 2008 onwards
Database Administration
• Used native backup compression
– Previously using Quest Litespeed
– Problem: lack of disk space
– Enable T3042 to avoid pre-allocation
Spinlock Diagnosis: SOS_OBJECT_STORE
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Higher CPU with
minimal increase in
throughput
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Observed close to ~80 million spins and 8-10K backoffs per minute
on SOS_OBJECT_STORE (below is from 13.3 minute period)
Used Xevents and
spinlock_stats to identify
XVB structure as the
source of the contention
and involved CSS and
product team via RFC.
After investigation team
provided private build to
test
Conclusion
• SQL Server 2012 platform - supports business growth
• Benefits from the TAP program
– Working closer with Microsoft
– Improved quality of released product (High CPU issue
solved in CU1)
• Work ahead
– RTM upgrade
– Upgrade other environment and BI platform to SQL 2012
– Deploy CU1 for contention fix
Bas Bruijninckx
Koen Reijns
Justin Langford
Q&A
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@koenreijns
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