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Can you share one tape libary between two MSA 1000s?

Ayman Altounji
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Can you share one tape libary between two MSA 1000s?

I would like to know if you can share one tape library between two Compaq MSA 1000s. Each MSA 1000 will be connected to a 2-node Proliant cluster, and the tape library will connect to the SAN fabric via a fibre-scsi bridge. Any help is much appreciated!
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Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Can you share one tape libary between two MSA 1000s?

This is very much dependent upon how the MSA1000's has been confiured, in an ideal world you would have used two external switches, to a switch would be connected a MDR, if both hosts have dual fibre cards each host will be able to see the library, its then down to the Backup software and the licensing of such.
If you used the internal switch option, I'm not sure! You can connect a tape drive to one MSA1000 but cascading of these internal switches is limited and certainly not able to be linked to an external switch.