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rusty_feo2
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Mainframe Data Domain - 2 heads

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Okay first I let me say I might be missing a piece or two of the architecture.  What I am trying to figure out is - redundancy within the DD.

let's say we have DD9500 with ONE HEAD servicing 500 TiB of storage and structured into 5 MTREE; replicating to an identical system 347.8 miles away.

If I loose the functionality of the DD9500 head - I loose access to the mainframe library is supports.

Redundancy in the head I believe to be in 4's CPU/FAN/RAM/POWER.

One of the reasons I ask is that normally new storage in configured with a new head.

I do not consider it a "redundancy" of the original DD9500 head.

How should one consider redundancy for the DD head

Rusty

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ble1
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Re: Mainframe Data Domain - 2 heads

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If you wish to have redundant head, you have failover head (but this is always active/passive setup and comes at price). 

I think if your head is gone, it would be replaced soon in case of such failure (and you can always request spare parts on site if paranoid, but it will cost you).

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ble1
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Re: Mainframe Data Domain - 2 heads

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If you wish to have redundant head, you have failover head (but this is always active/passive setup and comes at price). 

I think if your head is gone, it would be replaced soon in case of such failure (and you can always request spare parts on site if paranoid, but it will cost you).

Repl-Man
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Re: Mainframe Data Domain - 2 heads

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We now have the ability to do HA (two heads) on the 9500 as Hrvoje has mentioned it is expensive but doable with your model. 

rusty_feo2
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Re: Mainframe Data Domain - 2 heads

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Thank you for your replies.

Having spent now some time with HA heads here is my summary:

1. Having HA heads does not eliminate a filesys failure, found out the hard way of course over Thanksgiving Holiday.

2. Upgrades have several options. Normal is both heads are engaged in the upgrade process at the same time.

3. We prefer to

  • failover to the Seconday,
  • upgrade Primary
  • Failover to Primary
  • Upgrade secondary

We think as time moves on the DDos upgrade process will get better when it involves a HA head.

 

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