EMC SAN Expansion in VMware

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Hello We have an EMC SAN Clariion connected to 5 VM Hosts. I recently put in five more 500 GB hard drives into the SAN. When I went to expand it into our VMware virtual disk the expansion took around 8 hours. The problem I am having now is that the SAN is now running extremely slow. I have VM's that had C drives on the SAN that can no longer run because the SAN is so slow. I expanded the space almost a week ago. Does anyone know why the SAN would run so slow after I expanded the space? Could the SAN still be doing some configuring that is slowing everything down?

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What speed were the old disks that the LUN was on? What speed are the new disks? When you expanded the LUN on to the new volumes did you migrate the LUN to the new disks, stripe the LUN onto a new LUN on the new disks, or concatenate the LUN onto a new LUN on the new disks?

If you moved from faster disks to slower disks, a slow down would be expected. If you striped the LUN with a new LUN and the new disks are slower than a slow down would be expected. If you concatenated the old LUN to a new LUN on the new disks (which would have been very fast so this probably isn’t what you did) then the old VMs would be the same speed, but new ones which are created on the new space would be slower.

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