I am building a large tape SAN. However, I think that trunking could cause performance problems with OOF issues. Do you have a opinion regarding tape SAN traffic and trunking?

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Yup, no need to trunk to tape drives. The tape will become the bottleneck long before the link will. Just make sure you allocate tape resources either within a separate tape fabric or if within the disk fabric then avoid going across inter-switch links. Allocate tape on the same switch as the server resides and zone the tape HBA away from the disk ports.


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This was first published in August 2003

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