The Infinispares feature enables the InfiniBox system to keep running even in a situation where dozens of disks have failed across a long period of time. In such a situation, where all of the system spare disks space is consumed, an additional disk failure will cause the system to activate the InfiniSpares feature.
When the feature is engaged, InfiniBox allocates free system capacity as spare disks. At any given time, InfiniBox ensures that the system has an enough spare capacity to hold 2 additional disks failures.
Preconfigured number of spare drives
The maximum number of InfiniSpares disks is set to:
|InfiniBox model||Max spare capacity||Number of spare drives|
- When engaged, InfiniSpares consumes system usable physical capacity to recover data on failed disk drives, this capacity will be reclaimed back as usable capacity when failed drives are replaced
- When engaged, InfiniSpares preserved ahead physical usable capacity equals to 2 disk drives, this capacity will be reclaimed back as usable capacity when failed drives are replaced
- If more than the above number of disks have failed, the system performs an emergency shutdown
INFINISPARES_ENGAGED event with error severity is emitted on any disk failure when system has no "native" spare disks left and the InfiniSpares feature has to allocate spare capacity for the rebuild.