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Multipath fibre channel storage example

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Multipath fibre channel storage example

Discovery creates configuration items (CI) and CI relationships for multipath physical and logical storage components attached to application and database servers by fibre channel switched fabric.

In this example of a fibre channel storage area network (SAN), two physical storage devices, mpatha and mpathb, are attached to a Linux host through fibre switches, which provide failover capabilities. The mpatha drive contains two partitions, mpatha1 and mpatha2. The first partition is mounted directly to /boot on the Linux host. Three logical volumes are mapped to the mpatha2 partition and to the physical device mpathb. The logical volumes are mounted as Ext4 file systems in folders on the Linux root structure. This example shows the CIs that Discovery manages for each component and the mounting points for the logical volumes on the Linux host.

Figure 1. Multipath fibre channel storage example
Multipath fibre channel storage example

Switched fibre fabric details

Discovery creates CIs for the logical sub-components in NAS and SAN environments, such as fibre channel disks and pool components, as well as for host bus adapters (HBA) and physical block storage. In multipath environments, Discovery creates CI relationships within the switched fibre fabrics that connects the Linux host to the physical storage devices. In this diagram, the fibre fabrics have redundant paths that the SAN environment can use for failover if connections fail.

Figure 2. Fibre fabric redundant paths
Fibre fabric redundant paths