You will also need a properly configured NPIV capable fibre switch.

Jim Oberholtzer
Agile Technology Architects



On Jan 20, 2020, at 1:28 PM, Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I was SO happy to be rid of SAS/SCSI tape controllers and go to fiber channel. Then having that virtualized by VIOS and being able to perform backups on multiple lpars simultaneously was awesome. Even with your existing TS3100, providing you switched it to FC and have multiple drives in that library.
The HOURS of downtime every quarter eliminated by that was fantastic!

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Holger,

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 06:26:08PM +0100, Holger Scherer wrote:

When you happen to have VIOS, create a NPIV based config so you can
save all your LPARs using a single FC port to the VTL and you do
not block your local network with the FTP traffic.

We don't have VIOS. We have i hosting i, with one host and three guest
LPARs. We only have two tape drives in our TS3100, and only two SAS
controllers. So we resort to DLPARing the SAS controllers, and only one
LPAR can use our TS3100 at a time. That has proved to be inconvenient at
times. We definitely have room for improvement.

Also check out Quadstor as an alternative to get started with VTL.

I've been checking it out, and have mentioned it to the powers that be.



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