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P2000 Configuration BK829A AJ941A D2700

 
rae123456789
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P2000 Configuration BK829A AJ941A D2700

I have a P2000 LFF Storage Enclosure with a pair of iSCSI controllers installed. The controllers are p/n BK829A

I want to verify, firstly, that I can attach these three enclosures by SAS in a supported configuration:

1x P2000 LFF p/n AP844B

2x D2700 SFF p/n AJ941A

...such that the full "stack" of disk enclosures will look like this:

P2000 - BK829A - 12x LFF 300GB 6G SAS 15k

P2000 Enclosure - AP844B - 12x LFF 300GB 6G SAS 15k

D2700 Enclosure - AJ941A - 25x SFF 300GB 6G SAS 15k

D2700 Enclosure - AJ941A - 25x SFF 300GB 6G SAS 15k

Secondly, assuming that all drives are equal in capacity (300gb) and spindle speed (15k) but not of the same form factor (LFF/SFF) I want to know if it is possible to construct a single RAID10 logical drive from ALL of the drives across the four enclosures, including one or two hot spares in the array. In other words, is there are any restriction here that will prevent me from constructing a logical array using physical drives that differ only in form factor?

Thirdly, I am seeking to verify that this particular stack of hardware is "6G" bandwidth from top to bottom. 

Fourthly, I am seeking to verify that I can use with this stack, a SAS cabling configuration consistent with the dual-port "performance" cabling configuration specified by the HP D2700 cabling guide. I would like to know that the BK829A controllers at the top of the stack support this configuration.

I am intending to use this stack as a secondary storage tier for VMWARE Replication. (I use NIMBLE for primary storage). What I am hoping to do with this stack is to construct a 72-disk RAID 10 array with a couple of hot spares. Speed is important, reliability (relatively) less so. 

I appreciate any feedback or observations in addition to any specific answers to the above questions.

Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Jason_L
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Re: P2000 Configuration BK829A AJ941A D2700

Q1:  As for mixing the enclosures, I believe this is yes according to both the quickspecs and cabling guide.

P2000 G3 Mixed-connect expansion configurations:

The following illustrations show examples of expanding storage from P2000 G3 array enclosures to multiple drive enclosures of different models. Adding a P2000/D2700 mixed-connect configuration The following figure shows a dual-controller P2000 G3 MSA System (1) connected to a P2000 6Gb drive enclosure (2) and D2700 6Gb drive enclosure (3). Data throughput in the array performs at the 6Gbps rate, as both the controller enclosure and the drive enclosures support 6Gbps speeds (assuming that all disk drives in the array are also 6Gb drives).

http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=4118559&docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c02254377

 Q2: I would say no, according to the SMU Guide:

 http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c02520791

A vdisk is a “virtual” disk that is composed of one or more disks, and has the combined capacity of those disks. The number of disks that a vdisk can contain is determined by its RAID level. All disks in a vdisk must be the same type (SAS or SATA, small or large form-factor). A maximum of 16 vdisks per controller can exist.

A vdisk is a “virtual” disk that is composed of one or more disks, and has the combined capacity of those disks. The number of disks that a vdisk can contain is determined by its RAID level. A vdisk can contain different models of disks, and disks with different capacities. For example, a vdisk can include a 500-GB disk and a 750-GB disk. If you mix disks with different capacities, the smallest disk determines the logical capacity of all other disks in the vdisk, regardless of RAID level. For example, if a RAID-0 vdisk contains one 500-GB disk and four 750-GB disks, the capacity of the vdisk is equivalent to approximately five 500-GB disks. To maximize capacity, use disks of similar size. For greatest reliability, use disks of the same size and rotational speed.

Q3: According to the cabling guide it should operate at 6GB backend rates.

Q4: You can use "straight-through" cabling with the p2000 which may provide performance benefits, with a tradeoff of redundancy.  So I would recommend to follow the P2000 cabling guide and other P2000 supporting documentation. Same link referenced in Q1.

Hope this helps to answer your questions.

I work for HPE.