Re: 3590 Switched Fiber

2004-04-08 13:30:00
Subject: Re: 3590 Switched Fiber
From: Orville Lantto <orville.lantto AT DATATREND DOT COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2004 12:29:27 -0500
3590s and AIX (with the appropriate level of Atape) support multi-path
I/O.  If I remember right, multi-path I/O is not turned on by default.
Turn it on and let AIX worry about fail-over of paths and performance.

Orville L. Lantto
Datatrend Technologies, Inc.  (
IBM Premier Business Partner
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Minnetonka, MN 55305
Email: Orville.Lantto AT datatrend DOT com

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        Subject:        3590 Switched Fiber

Hi ITSM'rs,

I have a new fiber attached 3590 implementation that I
would like advice on. I'm not a SAN architect nor an
AIX admin (two strikes?)so I'd like the opinion of
anyone that has a similiar infrastructure in place.

I will have 16 3590-E1A drives attached to two McData
switches using each of the fiber connectors in each
drive. Each of the McData switches are connected to a
seperate Connectrix director. From the AIX TSM host I
have 3 HBA's going to each of the Connectrix boxes
(total of six).

I'd like to configure for availability and
performance. I'd like to exploit failover capabilities
along with any kind of load balancing I may be able to

My dilema is how to configure the drives to AIX. Would
it be best to group drives and distribute them across
the HBA's defining a single primary and redundant
path. Or would it be best to pool all the HBA's and
define primary and alternate paths to each of the
drives on each HBA (16x6 devices)?

I'd appreciate any input from anyone that has a
similiar configuration in place or can lead me to any
information that will assist me.

Many thanks,
Rodney Hroblak

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