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Dell PowerVault MD3600f Configuration Manual

Configuring fibre channel with dell md3600f series storage arrays.
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Dell PowerVault MD3600f and
MD3620f Storage Array
Configuring Fibre
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MD3600f Series

Storage Arrays

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  • Page 1: Storage Arrays

    Dell PowerVault MD3600f and MD3620f Storage Array Configuring Fibre Channel With Dell MD3600f Series Storage Arrays...
  • Page 2 Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell™, the DELL logo, and PowerVault™ are trademarks of Dell Inc. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this publication to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Configuring Fibre Channel on Direct- and SAN-Attached Storage Arrays ....Other Information You May Need ... . . Installing Supported Fibre Channel HBAs .
  • Page 4 Contents...
  • Page 5: Configuring Fibre Channel On Direct- And San-attached Storage Arrays

    This document provides information about configuring Fibre Channel communication between the host server and the storage array. For basic setup information such as racking, power cabling, and recommended handling procedures, see the Dell PowerVault MD3600f and MD3620f Storage Array Getting Started With Your System at support.dell.com/manuals. NOTE: Throughout the document, Dell PowerVault MD3600f series storage array refers to both Dell PowerVault MD3600f and Dell PowerVault MD3620f.
  • Page 6: Other Information You May Need

    Table 1. Configuring Fibre Channel Direct-Attached Storage Arrays SAN-Attached Storage Arrays* Install the supported HBAs on your Install the supported HBAs on your host server. host server. Cable the host server to the storage array. Cable the host server to the Fibre See "Direct-Attached Cabling Examples"...
  • Page 7: Installing Supported Fibre Channel Hbas

    The storage array supports a specific set of Fibre Channel HBAs, each requiring a unique driver and firmware level. See the Support Matrix at support.dell.com/manuals for a list of supported HBAs with the software patches, knowledge bases, drivers, firmware, and BIOS versions.
  • Page 8: Using Fibre Channel Switch Zoning

    NOTE: Support Matrix For a list of supported Fibre Channel switches, see the support.dell.com/manuals. Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 9: World Wide Name Zoning

    Zone 2 Zone 1 Zone 3 Zone 4 PowerVault MD3600f series storage array World Wide Name Zoning There are several different switch zoning techniques used across various SANs. When configuring zoning with your storage array, use 64 bit World Wide Name (WWN) port zoning to uniquely identify each component in your Fibre Channel switch fabric.
  • Page 10: Switch Zoning Requirements

    Only data traffic related to Remote Replication can move through that zone. For more details and requirements regarding Remote Replication, see the Owner’s Manual at support.dell.com/manuals. Setting Up Zoning on the Fibre Channel Switch Hardware Setting up zoning on Fibre Channel switches varies greatly between manufacturers.
  • Page 11: Cabling The Storage Array

    Cabling the Storage Array Cabling the storage array depends on a number of factors such as: • Direct- or SAN-attached storage array • Required level of redundancy or throughput • Number of host servers connected to the storage array • Type of HBAs (dual- or single-port) used in the host server(s) •...
  • Page 12 If one path fails, the host server on that path is disconnected from the storage array. Figure 2. Two Host Servers With Dual Port HBAs Connected to a Single-Controller (Simplex) Storage Array Server 1 Server 2 PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Corporate, public, or private network Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 13 Figure 3. Two Host Servers With Two Single-Port HBAs Connected to a Single- Controller (Simplex) Storage Array Server 1 Server 2 PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Corporate, public, or private network Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 14 Figure 4. Four Host Servers With Single-Port HBAs Connected to a Single-Controller (Simplex) Storage Array Server 4 Server 1 Server 2 Server 3 PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Corporate, public, or private network Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 15 Figure 5. Two Host Servers With Two Dual-Port HBAs Connected to a Dual-Controller (Duplex) Storage Array Server 2 Server 1 PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Corporate, public, or private network Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 16 Figure 6. Four Host Servers With Single-Port HBAs Connected to a Dual-Controller (Duplex) Storage Array Server 2 Server 4 Server 1 Server 3 PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Corporate, public, or private network Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 17: San-attached Cabling

    Figure 7. Four Host Servers With Single-Port HBAs Connected to a Dual-Controller (Duplex) Storage Array Using Cluster Cabling PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Corporate, public, or private network Figure 7 shows a four-cluster node connected to two RAID controller modules. Since each cluster node has redundant paths, loss of a single path still allows access to the storage array through the alternate path.
  • Page 18 Figure 8. Three SAN-Attached Host Servers Connected to a Storage Array Using Multiple Paths Server 2 Server 1 Server 3 Switch fabric A Switch fabric B PowerVault MD3600f series storage array Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 19 Switch Fabric A Switch Fabric B Zone_1_Server_1_HBA_0 Zone_5_Server_1_HBA_1 Server1-HBA_0 Server1-HBA_1 Array_Ctrl-0-1 Array_Ctrl-0-0 Array_Ctrl-1-0 Array_Ctrl-1-1 Zone_2_Server_2_HBA_0 Zone_6_Server_2_HBA_1 Server2-HBA_0 Server2-HBA_1 Array_Ctrl-0-3 Array_Ctrl-0-2 Array_Ctrl-1-2 Array_Ctrl-1-3 Zone_3_Server_3_HBA_0-0 Zone_7_Server_3_HBA_0_1 Server3-HBA_0_0 Server3-HBA_0_1 Array_Ctrl-0-1 Array_Ctrl-0-0 Array_Ctrl-1-0 Array_Ctrl-1-1 Zone_4_Server_3_HBA_1_0 Zone_8_Server_3_HBA_1_1 Server3-HBA_1_0 Server3-HBA_1_1 Array_Ctrl-0-3 Array_Ctrl-0-2 Array_Ctrl-1-2 Array_Ctrl-1-3 Remote Replication Cabling Example Remote Replication is a storage array premium feature that provides online, real-time replication of data between storage arrays.
  • Page 20 Figure 9. Remote Replication Cabling Server 2 Server 1 Server 3 Switch fabric B Switch fabric B Switch fabric A Switch fabric A PowerVault MD3600f series storage arrays Configuring Fibre Channel...
  • Page 21 Switch Fabric A Switch Fabric B Zone_1_Server_1_HBA_0 Zone_5_Server_1_HBA_1 Server-1-HBA_0 Server1-HBA_1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-0 Array-1_Ctrl-1-0 Array-1_Ctrl-1-1 Zone_2_Server_2_HBA_0_0 Zone_6_Server_2_HBA_0_1 Server-2-HBA_0_0 Server2-HBA_0_1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-2 Array-1_Ctrl-1-2 Array-1_Ctrl-1-1 Zone_3_Server_2_HBA_1-0 Zone_7_Server_2_HBA_1_1 Server-3-HBA_1_0 Server-2-HBA_1_1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-0 Array-1_Ctrl-1-0 Array-1_Ctrl-1-1 Zone_4_Server_3_HBA_0 Zone_8_Server_3_HBA_1 Server3-HBA_0 Server3-HBA_1 Array-2_Ctrl-0-1 Array-1_Ctrl-0-2 Array-2_Ctrl-1-2 Array-1_Ctrl-1-1 Replication_Zone_1 Replication_Zone_2 Array-1_Ctrl-0-3 Array-1_Ctrl-1-3 Array-2_Ctrl-0-3...
  • Page 22 Configuring Fibre Channel...

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