Load balancing on FC HBA

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Load balancing on FC HBA


We have many storage virtual disks presented via 2 SAN switches to a RP4400 running HP-UX 11.11 and using 2 FC HBA (each HBA connected to a different SAN switch)

Because of performance issues, we installed in the server 2 new FC HBA, so we have in total 4 new FC HBA (2 HBA connected to the same switch.

The question is how to implement load balancing on the four FC HBA to increase performance, and this for:

- Volume Groups contaning lvols using one PVG with strict allocation policy

- Volume Groups without PVG and strict allocation policy
Rita C Workman
Honored Contributor

Re: Load balancing on FC HBA

You probably have pvlinks on the box, but that really doesn't load balance. More like failover to other HBA if one goes down.

You could install software that allows for more verbose load balancing - SecurePath is the HP product. We're an EMC storage shop, so we use PowerPath for load balancing.

When you get to 11.31 it seems that SecurePath is part of the kernel - but that is for another thread.

Just a thought,

Re: Load balancing on FC HBA

Some clue as to the sort of disk array you have would help here... You almost imply that this is an EVA of some sort without explicitly stating that...



I am an HPE Employee
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Occasional Contributor

Re: Load balancing on FC HBA

yes that's right it's an EVA ;-)
Tim Nelson
Honored Contributor

Re: Load balancing on FC HBA

Then secure path is what you need to purchase.

With out it your only option is to manually round robin the pv-links/alternate paths.

On my older systems without any secure path I stagger the primaries over all 4 paths.

dev1 on path1
dev2 on path2
dev3 on path3
dev4 on path4
dev5 on path1
dev6 on path2

If you wish to be more effective then monitor the io usage of each of your lvols and balance that way and review on a weekly/monthly basis. Something is better than nothing.