InfiniBox host connectivity
A host is an entity that represents a physical, or a virtual host that volumes can be mapped to. InfiniBox can be attached to various host systems by using its FC ports. Each InfiniBox node has 8 FC ports (a total of 24 ports on the system). The host is a server that runs an operating system that is recognized by InfiniBox and to which InfiniBox provides storage services.
Operations available on hosts
The following operations are available on hosts:
- Creating a host from InfiniBox
- Creating a host using Host PowerTools: see the documentation for each Host PowerTools package
For example, for Linux, see:
- Adding a port to a host
- Mapping a volume to a host or a cluster
- Unmapping a volume from a host or a cluster
- Viewing the host connectivity status
- Setting the host security properties
- Deleting a host
In order to attach the host to InfiniBox, there is a need to install a HostPowerTools package. More information about Host PowerTools is available on the Host PowerTools section on the Support site:
- Host PowerTools for Linux and Windows
- Host PowerTools for VMware
- InfiniBox Storage Replication Adapter
- And many more
Host PowerTools compatibility and supported operating systems
This Support article specifies:
- InfiniBox compatibility with other Infinidat products
- Host PowerTools compatibility with operating systems
- Host PowerTools compatibility with VMware Products
- Infinidat OpenStack Cinder Plug-in compatibility with OpenStack
- And many more
Best practices for integrations
The following articles describe best practices for integration with SAP HANA, IBM SVC, and SQL Server.
- InfiniBox SQL Server Database Integration & Best Practices White Paper.
- InfiniBox with IBM SVC Best Practice Guide.
- InfiniBox with SAP HANA best practices FC Guide.
- InfiniBox with SAP HANA best practices NAS Guide.
Connecting a host without using Host PowerTools
Instructions are available on this Support site article.
Connecting a cluster of hosts to InfiniBox
A host cluster is a group of independent hosts that are working together as a single system to provide high availability of services for clients. When a failure occurs on one host in a cluster, resources are redirected and the workload is redistributed to the other hosts in the cluster.
Host clusters are designed for applications that have long-running in-memory state or frequently updated data.
The hosts in the cluster share the same volumes mapping.