Veritas San Storage Option without FC-AL?

Posted on 2004-10-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
Would it be possible to run veritas' SSO to share resources, and more importantly, have a primary master and secondary slaves so the computers would share resources and be somewhat redundant without putting the tape drives onto a SAN?  We have three servers and are trying to automate the backup into one instance (running on three servers) of backup exec's DB.  I realize that running over ethernet, if possible, would affect performance without a doubt, but we have plently of headroom, and reliability and dependability is more important than speed (in addition, we have 4 LTO2 and 4 LTO1 drives running to backup about 1.2 TB a night, so not too big of a deal.)  I could not find any good technical documentation on this, and translating our scsi tape drives to fiber and running over a SAN may or may not be practical, depending on the performance and compatability of veritas' SSO.  Thanks
Question by:cdesimone

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    Found the answer to be that the SSO is dependant on a universally device to device communication not involving the hosts in any way (which I thought, but not hoped for.)  So we would need tranlational scsi to fiber bridges and switches and HBA's on each server for this to work.  
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    BTW, what had it got to do with Security ? Should be in Storage TA...

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    Yes, sorry.  If an admin see's this, then can you please move to Storage TA?  Thanks

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    I found the solution to this months ago.

    To use backup exec 9.1 and prior in a shared balanced environment, you must connect your tapes with a fiber switch (you cannot put this over ethernet)

    However, on backup exec 10.0 you can share the jobs (and thus the tape drives) with a master server.  This is a better solution for us and anyone else with existing multiple servers attached via scsi.  

    Please close this question, as it has been solved


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