With our software updates, we are also constantly preparing new materials to support you on each step of your software implementation and daily management. In this article we’re again presenting how Open-E JovianDSS works with the recently added Fibre Channel Target option.
Fibre Channel (FC) uses a high-speed network technology for data storage that has grown into a popular type of connection that allows for creating high performance SAN enterprise storage for virtualization e.g. ESXi, data centers or other platforms that deal with Big Data. Fibre Channel solutions allow users to avoid any collisions as well as congestion. Additionally, the protocol allows a significantly higher saturation of a Fibre Channel connection.
Open-E JovianDSS Data Storage Software supports Fibre Channel technology twofold, as Initiator and as Traget. As Initiator it connects external Fibre Channel devices while as Target it serves virtual volumes over the Fibre Channel protocol. The combination of the built-in features in Open-E JovianDSS with the structure simplicity of this protocol adds up to a straightforward, reliable and stable solution of great performance.
With Fibre Channel, the software supports multiple client protocols (unified storage) thanks to which high storage capacity and scalability is guaranteed. An easy configuration and maintenance of the whole storage, especially in High Availability environments rounds up the profile of the software, plus, it reduces downtime and ensures Business Continuity through the built-in On- and Off-site Data Protection feature. What is more, it can be used as a single node Fibre Channel server or cluster Fibre Channel solution using ALUA (Asymmetric Logical Unit Assignment).
When it comes to hardware, Open-E JovianDSS with Fibre Channel Target requires Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus Adapters). The solution supports Qlogic FC HBAs up to 32Gbps.
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Take a look at the gallery below with example topologies that can be set up with the ZFS-based Open-E JovianDSS with Fibre Channel Target: