Network and Storage Protocols

Looking For NetApp Documentation About Disks

sanman2304

Hi NetApp Community, I am looking for documentation about the underlying technology of NetApp's devices.  Meaning when a volume is created how is that placed on the disks and within an aggregate and RAID group.  And then when a LUN is created, how is that treated within a volume.  Is it spread across a limited number of disks or all of them?  I am also looking for information on IOPS.  I want to learn the engineering technology about how NetApp does things not just the way to set it up.

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ekashpureff

LUNs get spread across all disks in all RAID groups in an aggregate.

See the Storage Management Guide and Block Access Protocols Guide in the Data ONTAP

documentation for a good start...

At your service,

Eugene Kashpureff

AdvUniMD

The most technical info you'll find is the paper "FlexVol: Flexible, Efficient File Volume Virtualization in WAFL" from Edwards et.al.that was published at USENIX 08.

Available for download here: http://www.usenix.org/event/usenix08/tech/full_papers/edwards/

still leaves open a lot of questions but answers many as well

-Michael

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