> Hello all. I am in the midst of porting a large web application from a
> MS SQL Server backend to PostgreSQL. The migration work is basically
> complete, and we're at the testing and optimization phase of the
> project. The results so far have been disappointing, with Postgres
> performing queries in about the same time as SQL Server even though
> Postgres is running on a dedicated box with about 4 times the clock
> speed of the SQL Server box. For a chart of my results, please see
> http://leonout.com/pggraph.pdf for a graph of some test results.
Your settings look ok to start, but we'll probably want to tune them further.
Can you post some details of the tests? Include:
1) the query
2) the EXPLAIN ANALYZE results of the query
3) Whether you ran the test as the only connection, or whether you tested
The last is fairly important for a SQL Server vs. PostgreSQL test; SQL Server
is basically a single-user-database, so like MySQL it appears very fast until
you get a bunch o' users on it.
Finally, for most queries the disk I/O and the RAM are more important than the
CPU clock speed. From the looks of it, you upgraded the CPU + RAM, but did
downgraded the disk array as far as database writes are concered; not a
terrible effective way to gain performance on your hardware.
Aglio Database Solutions
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