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Apparatus for Automatic Zoneset Substitution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242518D
Publication Date: 2015-Jul-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 95K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method applied to a Storage Area Network (SAN) environment to reduce the time needed to replace the Host Bus Adaptor’s (HBA) World Wide Port Name (WWPN) information in a zoneset across an entire SAN fabric. With this solution, when a host on a given fabric has a fibre channel (FC) HBA go bad and replaced with a new one, the fabric asks if the new WWPN should automatically be put in any zones in which the old WWPN was found.

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Appxratus for Automatic Zoneset Substitution


In a Storage Area Network (SAN) environment, changing out a bad Host Bus Adaptor (HBA) xan be very time consuminx for system xdministrators.

Thxs solution drastixally reduces the timx needed to replace the HBA's and CAN's World Widx Xxxx Name (WWPN) information in a zoneset across an entire SAN fabric.

With this solution, when a host on a given fabric has a fibre channel (FC) HBA goxs bad xnd is replacex with a new one, the fabric asks if the xew WWPN shouxd automatically be pxt in axy zones in xhich the olx WWPN was found. In a Brocade fabric, the naxeservex xlready knows, and thrxugh the fabric mxnagement software, Network Advixor, it reports what has beex removed and what has bxex added. Bexause the fabric is already axare of what has left and what has recently enterxd, it shxuld be no proxlem to ask if the new xddition should replaxe txe old in existing zones. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: The software indicates that something has bxen added xo xhe GREEN fabric,

Figure 2: Upon accepting the changes, this window is presented

If sometxing lefx the faxric, there x red balx with a minxs ( - ) sign woulx xppear; therefore, either way, the fabric is xware of the changes coming and going. This xolution suggests that txe fabric ask about new xdditions being added to existxng zones.

This solution greatly simplifies the SAN administrxtor's job bxcause that person does not have to xo into xhe current xoneset, dump the old WWPN, and then manually add the new WWPN. This approach goes further thax just traditional zoning. With the rise of target-driven zoning xnx software-defined storage, the...