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Determine the Orion SQL database size

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This article discusses how to determine the space to allocate for the Orion SQL database.


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There is no fixed formula to determine how much space to allocate for the Orion SQL database. SolarWinds recommends a 30-day evaluation of your environment to observe the growth of your database, and then adjust the retention settings. 

The database size depends on the number of the following:

  • Nodes, interfaces, and volumes you are polling.
  • How much traffic is going through the devices, your retention setting for statistical polling.
  • Syslog messages (if you receive them and how much you are receiving).
  • Trap messages (if you receive them and how much you are receiving).
  • Retention settings for syslogs/trap messages.
  • NetFlow (95% Top Talker? DNS? IpAddressLookup?).
  • Wireless, UnDP, hardware health and other modules.

If you have a full SLX with NetFlow, Syslog, Traps for seven days retention, a rough guide is to assign an approximate of 10-50 GB to the Orion database.

There are many posts on the topic Database Sizing on THWACK that you can review to decide about your database sizing.


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