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What's Quad-path used for?

Hi All :

 

I am install FAS9000, is there any know what's Quad-path  used for? Only more safety?  Should I cable as Quad-path  right now?

 

I study the document "Installation and Cabling Guide for DS460C, DS224C, and DS212C" but only got cable rules and got no answer to use Quad-path HA cabling.

Re: What's Quad-path used for?

Hi,

 

Hope this helps https://library.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_download_file/ECMLP2485106

 

 

Thanks

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Re: What's Quad-path used for?

Earlier SAS connectivity from shelf to controller used to have multipath which has 4 paths. Now it is an optional you can connect quad-path which means 8 paths from controllers to shelfs.

 

 

Re: What's Quad-path used for?

Hi River,

 

While quad-path HA provides additional path resiliency, the main purpose for the additional cabling is to double the I/O bandwidth to the SAS3 storage stack.

 

Configuring the storage stack with quad-path HA and double-wide intrastack connections is optional.  All-SSD storage stacks can benefit from the increased bandwidth, especially for

for large block (e.g. 64KB) sequential read streaming workloads.

Re: What's Quad-path used for?

Hi Andris:

 

Thanks for your answer.

I just think in the same way, as take AFF700 document as reference, Quad-path should be use in AFF solutions just in case of bandwith bottleneck.

Re: What's Quad-path used for?

Sure... If you don't want to peruse performance graphs/counters (e.g. via OnCommand Performance Manager) to check the storage utilization percentage or worry about specific workloads, going with Quad-Path cabling for AFF storage is a great rule of thumb.  There's just the minor extra costs of using extra HBA ports and cables.