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Cluster Storage Configurations? (CI, SCSI)

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The Question is:

Dear Wizard,
I want to ask more about using SCSI in building serious I/O subsystems (re:
 question 1137).
Given the same redundancy and failover options being employed, is SCSI based
 cluster I/O ( with multiple U SCSI adaptors on each node, multiple buses,
 RA8000 units with redun. HSZ80s etc) reliable as CI based I/O ? Are there high
 availability large cluste
rs using SCSI happily for I/O in place of CI ?
Much Regards

The Answer is :

  There is no answer to the question, as there are a large number of
  factors involved -- not the least of which involve the cost of the
  host and storage hardware involved, the value of the data itself,
  and the value of the accessability of the data.  These factors are
  trade-offs, rather obviously.
  SCSI is not used as a cluster communications interconnection, SCSI is
  solely permitted and solely used as a storage interconnection.  (One or
  more cluster communications interconnects is required when a multi-host
  SCSI configuration is planned.)
  SCSI is a single-channel path, while CI provides two parallel paths.
  Disconnection of SCSI bus requires controller support (to quiesce the
  SCSI bus) where upgrades to hardware on CI cabling is rather easier.
  Recent OpenVMS versions (V7.2-1 and later) support multi-path failover
  of SCSI widgets with specific HSZ-series controllers -- configurations
  where specific HSZ controllers are connected across two SCSI buses.
  Older OpenVMS releases and older HSZ controllers permit connections
  to only one SCSI bus, meaning that any bus fault (SCSI controller or
  SCSI widget) can trigger more general failures.
  Host-based volume shadowing can be of interest.
  High-end storage configurations typically include Fibre Channel widgets.
  Other topics of interest include 1354, 1727, 1766 and 4348.

answer written or last revised on ( 6-JUN-2000 )

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