Requirements for switch zoning in a MetroCluster configuration with array LUNs

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When using switch zoning in a MetroCluster configuration with array LUNs, you must ensure that certain basic requirements are followed.

The requirements for switch zoning in a MetroCluster configuration with array LUNs are as follows:

  • The MetroCluster configuration must follow the single-initiator to single-target zoning scheme.

    Single-initiator to single-target zoning limits each zone to a single FC initiator port and a single target port.

  • The FC-VI ports must be zoned end-to-end across the fabric.

  • Sharing of multiple initiator ports with a single target port can cause performance issues.

    Similarly, sharing of multiple target ports with a single initiator port can cause performance issues.

  • You must have performed a basic configuration of the FC switches used in the MetroCluster configuration.

Shared initiator and shared target support for MetroCluster configuration with array LUNs

Being able to share a given FC initiator port or target ports is useful for organizations that want to minimize the number of initiator or target ports used. For example, an organization that expects low I/O usage over an FC initiator port or target ports might prefer to share FC initiator port or target ports instead of dedicating each FC initiator port to a single target port.

However sharing of initiator or target ports can adversely affect performance.

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