HPE EVA Storage

MSA2012i, ESX 4.x -- MRU or round robin, which is better??

 
Tom Lyczko
Super Advisor

MSA2012i, ESX 4.x -- MRU or round robin, which is better??

We have an MSA2012i with vSphere/ESX 4.x -- presently it uses MRU, would anything be gained by changing it to round robin??

Thank you, Tom
4 REPLIES 4
Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: MSA2012i, ESX 4.x -- MRU or round robin, which is better??

Do you have dual controllers on the the MSA?


Steven
Steven Clementi
HP Master ASE, Storage, Servers, and Clustering
MCSE (NT 4.0, W2K, W2K3)
VCP (ESX2, Vi3, vSphere4, vSphere5, vSphere 6.x)
RHCE
NPP3 (Nutanix Platform Professional)
Tom Lyczko
Super Advisor

Re: MSA2012i, ESX 4.x -- MRU or round robin, which is better??

Forgot to say that...yes, we do.

vSphere and the SAN are using software iSCSI, which means only one vmhba per host, which I've come to learn means that round robin wouldn't have any effect, since it requires multiple HBAs.

Thank you, Tom
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: MSA2012i, ESX 4.x -- MRU or round robin, which is better??

ESX 4 allows multiple VMkernel ports for iSCSI.

Even with one initiator port you should see two paths to a volume (even on ESX 3.5) if you have properly presented the volume to both host ports of the controller managing the vdisk on which the volume is located.
.
Tom Lyczko
Super Advisor

Re: MSA2012i, ESX 4.x -- MRU or round robin, which is better??

Then I have indeed set up things correctly.
In vCenter I see two paths per LUN in the storage adapters' Paths view, all are marked active, and one of each path also notes I/O, which makes sense since I don't have multiple HBAs.
Thank you, Tom