HP is adding Fibre Channel connectivity to its previously iSCSI access-only StoreVirtual range of arrays. These are the re-branded LeftHand Networks iSCSI arrays and HP is introducing a new mid-range product as well as adding Fibre Channel access. The new StoreVirtual models are: 4630 for the mid-range with 6Gbit/s SAS, a …
It was all looking good until we got to the D2220sb....
"......D2220sb storage blade....... It also says that drive removal from carriers is prevented when data on the drives is being accessed......" Erm, is that because the disks on the D2220sb are INSIDE the blade, not hot-swappable, meaning you have to power off and yank the whole blade to pull a drive anyway, so if anyone is stupid enough to pull a live blade is makes squat all difference. Someone in marketting trying to sell the not hot-swappableness as a "feature"?
Information regarding support for FC on the StoreVirtual family was leaked to the Reg back in November last year. The 4330 FC has been available since the new range launched last December. The newest models such as the 4730 FC were added to HP documentation towards the end of March.
So this isn't really news if I'm honest.
D2220sb do have hot swappable drives.
The drives are on a tray that pulls out from the blade while it is in the chassis.
Re: akro42 Re: D2220sb
"..... The drives are on a tray that pulls out from the blade while it is in the chassis." OK, so you want to physically pull out a tray of spinning disks running production data? Sorry, not going to happen! In reality, rather than risk a head crashing on a spinning disk, all the disk activity will be stopped before you pull the one broken disk, meaning you have to stop activity on all the servers using the disks in the storage blade (or point them at a mirror on another storage device). Yes, we are rediculously paranoid about the idea of jarring the disks, but then you'll find that's quite a common sentiment at the coal face, and risk reduction, even if it means downtime, is pretty much the norm.