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Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

Daniel Estevam Gomes
Occasional Visitor

Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

Hello guys,
We are planning to install some HP boxes (hp-ux 11.11 64bit) in a Hitachi Data System Thunder 9570V. Each hp box have 2 HBAs and the thunder has 2 controllers. Each controller has 2 FC ports.
My question is: can I use HP Securepath to provide HBA availability (failover for example)? Is this Securepath compatible with Thunder 9500 series?

Thanks,

Daniel Estevam Gomes
System Engineer
destevam@gplus.com.br
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

You should use pvlinks to handle failover.

http://www.docs.hp.com/hpux/onlinedocs/B2355-90681/00/04/411-con.html

Also known as alternate links.

http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=685871

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Daniel Estevam Gomes
Occasional Visitor

Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

Hi,

I know that PVLink is compatible, but Is the securepath compatible too?

Thanks.
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

Secure Path (at least on Windows) only works with known storage arrays. I doubt that the HP-UX version is different, because there is an 'enterprise' and a 'workgroup' version available, so it has to be able to understand which array it is talking to.
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Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

Yes you probably can.

SecurePath 3.0D is available for both HSX (EVA/VA) and XP Arrays (Hitachi based). The SecurePath 3.0D installer asks for the type of array at install time.

SecurePath gives you active path protection and load balancing (HBA and Controller) but you will pay licensing costs.

However, if you are using LVM .. then PVLINKs will work (just present the LDEVs to both HBA but such will not be active-active (on the FC links) as well as on the controller side). If you use VxVM (Full License that is), then Hitachi arrays are supported under its DMP (Dynamic Multi-Pathing and is an active/active setup..)

Hakuna Matata.
kavanagh_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

The SecurePath product is an amalgamation of two peices of software - SecurePath itself (from Compaq and for HSG and HSV based controllers) and AutoPath (for VA and XP arrays). When you start a SecurePath install it asks you which array you want to install against and will select the sub-product accordingly.
As a result the question you should ask is "Does AutoPath XP woth with my Hitachi Thunder?"

cheers... Ian.

Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

Hi,

SecurePath (XP) is not supported with Hitachi Storage. HP also told me, that SP will be discontinued this year.

Regards

CR
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: Securepath and Hitachi Thunder 9500 Series

That is correct since VxVM (and its DMP feature) will now be the preferred Volume Manager for HP-UX environments.

SecurePath for XP arrays (really the same AutoPath product) only supports the XP branded Hitachi arrays. If you are however using VxVM (full license) on your HP-UX environments - then the Hitachi Thunder array is fully supported under DMP.. Additionally you will need to download and install the ASL - Array Support Library for Hitachi Thunder arrays from Veritas or HP.

Otherwise, if you're stuck with LVM - then you're left with no recourse but to simply use PVLINKs -- you'll have no active active balancing but you'll have failover/path protection.


Hakuna Matata.