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Fabric Zone Creation based on Analysis of Existing Zones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234101D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 117K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enables a storage administrator to create a new zone, specifying only the host and the storage volume to include (or host and storage system to include), and then creates the zone exactly as the user would have desired. The system uses discovered preferences and patterns to perform zone control with minimal input from the user.

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Fabric Zone Creation based on Analysis of Existing Zones

Storage Administrators provision storage for host servers through fibre channel fabrics. This includes creating zones in the fabric so that members of the zone (initiators and targets) can communicate across the fabric. Most storage administrators follow certain patterns for the zones' attributes. For instance, a storage administrator usually follows patterns or rules for (1) a naming convention for zones, (2) a naming convention for zone aliases, (3) zone member types to use for the zones and zone aliases, (4) use of zone aliases or no use of zone aliases, and (5) storage controller port distribution for the zones and zone aliases.

Storage administrators use tools such as Storage Resource Management (SRM) software applications to simplify common tasks (e.g., storage provisioning and zoning). To simplify the zone creation task, an SRM application allows the user to zone a host and storage system together without burdening the user with requests for detailed information, such as to supply a zone name, or specify which zone member types to use. The SRM application may create the zones with application-specific naming conventions and other patterns.

Alternatively, the SRM application may require that the user configure the zoning patterns such that all future zoning requests follow the patterns. The storage administrator may not have time or may not want to perform this setup task for the SRM application.

Current solutions include (1) SRM applications use associated rules and thus apply zoning naming conventions, zone member types, and other patterns, which may not be desirable to the storage administrator, and (2) SRM applications burden the storage administrator with configuring it to follow certain patterns when creating zones and zone aliases.

A method or system is needed that enables storage administrators to use SRM applications to configure zoning with minimal or

no setup/configuration of rules and patterns, but also allows the SRM application to create zones and aliases that follow the patterns that the storage administrator desires.

This solution is a system that reads the managed fabrics' current zoning library, analyzes it, and determines the storage administrator's most commonly used and recent patterns for zone/alias naming convention, zone/alias member types, use of zone aliases, and storage controller port distribution within the zone. The system then applies these patterns to the subsequent jobs for zone creation and zone alias creation.

This approach preserves existing rules and patterns of the storage administrator's managed fabric's zones and zone aliases. The user can configure zoning without having to specify a zone name, zone alias name(s), zone member types, whether or not to use

zone aliases, and without having to configure which storage target ports to include in the zone or the number of "paths" to use from the host to the storage.

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