Q

The difference between volume and a LUN

This is a Q&A from SAN School Lesson 3. Click here for more SAN School lessons

What is the difference between volume and logical unit number (LUN)?

A volume normally refers to a "disk" created via a "volume manager" such as Veritas or a volume created by an operating system such as Windows NT. A LUN refers to a "logical unit number" presented to a host as a SCSI ID. (i.e., LUN number 1 specifies SCSI ID 1 on that port. Therefore, the term volume can be considered software based and LUN considered hardware based.

Chris

This was last published in February 2004

Dig Deeper on SAN management

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchSolidStateStorage

SearchConvergedInfrastructure

SearchCloudStorage

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchDataBackup

Close