Albertwt
2 Iron

How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

Hi people,

I'd like to know if EMC VNX array can be implemented to support Active/Active Windows file server replication from Production site A to site B like in the following diagram:

Site A: VNX 5300

Site B: VNX 5500

EMC Replication Manager (to leverage SAN Copy)

Windows Server 2012 R2 file server

Physical RDM LUN formatted as 4 TB NTFS on each sites.

1.png

Any kind of suggestion and comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

0 Kudos
13 Replies
dynamox
6 Gallium

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

i think you need to look into VPLEX

Albertwt
2 Iron

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

Why do I need EMC VPlex ? is there anything special with VPLEX ?

because I'd like to utilize the current infrastructure investment that I have here to achieve the result above.

0 Kudos
Rainer_EMC
5 Rhenium

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

You need to be a bit more specific

0 Kudos
dynamox
6 Gallium

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

if you to write to one volume from different systems you need some kind of federation system

Albertwt
2 Iron

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

Dynamox,

Isthere any example of what sort of Federation System that I need to implment ?

0 Kudos
dynamox
6 Gallium

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

VPLEX provides that federation.

Highlighted

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

With only RDM luns as the criteria (might need bit more information), VPlex looks like the best option since it would provide the capability of Storage Federation to support and manage multiple arrays from a single source.

Albertwt
2 Iron

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

Unfortunately I do not have access to use VPlex at the moment because my company has already invested in the VNX 5300 and 5500 series with fully loaded DAE & FAST cache.

is there any software base solution or any other feature of VNX ?

0 Kudos
Rainer_EMC
5 Rhenium

Re: How to utilize VNX to synchronize Active/Active file server in two sites ?

I am still not sure what exactly you want

Do you want to use VNX block systems and native Windows server running on VMware connection to the VNX using FC ?

Or do you want to use the VNX file portion as a CIFS server ?

What do you mean with active / active ?