How much cache to allocate for servers that host 500gb databases?

The short answer is as much as possible.

The more exact answer is you typically can’t allocate cache to a specific LUN.  You can usually carve up the total amount of cache into read and write cache.  You want as much write cache as possible so that the database writes directly to the disk as little as possible.

There is no number that I can give saying that you need X amount of write cache for a 500 Gig database, because it doesn’t depend on the database size.  It depends on the amount of data change per minute, how fast the data can be destaged from the write cache to the disks, and how much load is being placed on the disk for reading data.



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