In the situation of the animal hospital server I oversee, their application is OLTP. Adding hard drives (6-8) does help performance. Benchmarks like pgbench and OSDB agree with it, but in reality users could not see noticeable change. However, moving the top 5/10 tables and indexes to their own space made a greater impact.

Someone who reads PostgreSQL 8.0 Performance Checklist is going to see point #1 add more disks is the key. How about adding a subpoint to explaining when more disks isn't enough or applicable? I maybe generalizing the complexity of tuning an OLTP application, but some clarity could help.

Steve Poe

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