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Old 04-02-2014, 05:09 AM   #1
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is there a OS on the storage array in a san?


Hi All,

I would like to know whether there is an OS running on a storage array(such as EMC vmax, vnc, vplex or HDS, netapp storage arrays and so on) used in a SAN.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-02-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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I'd say "yes" as something has to be used to map and zone the disks. I did a course on an IBM DS8000 SHARK SAN a long time ago and it had a couple of RS6000 H70 nodes running AIX which handled the storage. This allowed for live maintenance, the SAN would run with one node while the other was repaired/patched/whatever.
The host systems just see the disks they're configured to see.


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Old 04-02-2014, 08:21 PM   #3
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Hi,

Thanks for your quick reply. Can you give a list of OS that used by all vendors?
 
Old 04-03-2014, 03:49 AM   #4
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Nope! 'Fraid not as that's quite a tall order. I don't know all the OS's that exist out there just as I don't know all the SAN vendors. You might get some sort of answer by Googling something a lot more specific.

I believe most modern cars have about seven computers but again, I wouldn't know what operating system they would be using though I'd suspect some sort of embedded Linux. Does Ford use a different OS from GM or Toyota? No idea.

What's used in a Playstation? Is it different from a Nintendo Wii? Do Sony, Samsung, LG, etc, use the same OS in their televisions and set-top boxes? Probably an embedded Linux variation, again, no idea.

You're asking a VERY big general question, I've no idea where you'd find the answers all in one place.

On the lighter side... I also read that 95% of the ATMs in the US are still running Windows XP which is possibly a bit concerning with XP going EOL in a few days. (OK, OK, so they're on very secure private networks, It was just a nice piece of info.)

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Old 04-03-2014, 05:01 AM   #5
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Ok, I see, the "OS" you mentioned must be a firmware. Am I right? But what I want to ask is the general OS they are using like linux, unix-like etc.
 
Old 04-03-2014, 09:20 AM   #6
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I really don't know but the larger SANs from EMC2, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Sun/Oracle, etc, will probably be some form of Unix/Linux running from a hard drive loaded OS (Linux, AIX, Solaris, etc,)I'd reckon using x86, Sparc, PowerPC processors, whatever. Smaller NAS devices and similar bits of kit I'd say run the firmware embedded Linux style OS, probably ARM or x86 processors?

You'll have gathered I'm guessing now. I had a quick look at the HP 3Par storage system which appears to have some sort of proprietary OS, For the .pdf concepts file see:

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...64125504,d.Yms

Does this help in any way as you haven't mentioned what you need the info for or what you're trying to do.

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Ok, I see, the "OS" you mentioned must be a firmware. Am I right? But what I want to ask is the general OS they are using like linux, unix-like etc.
Then why don't you ask your SAN team for information? Call the different vendors, and do some reading on their websites?
 
  


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