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Building a Basic OpenVMS SCSI Cluster for High Availability
Topic Area:
Track: Open VMS
Topic: Clusters
Type:  Breakout Session

Schedule:
11/09/99   03:00 PM     Duration: 90 Min.     Room: 2

Presenter:
Wes Roberts
Systems Administration Manager, Bell & Howell - Information and Learning  

Abstract:
This session is based on the recent efforts of UMI staff to acquire and install a three node SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)OpenVMS/Alpha Cluster for a high availability application. Topics covered include: - System requirements. - Cluster components, their options and alternatives. - Configuring for high availability, an exercise in paranoia. - Limitations discovered; the pros and cons of SCSI based clusters. - The detailed configuration, including why the items chosen were chosen. - Description of hardware and software installation steps,including the tips and tricks we learned along the way. The three node SCSI cluster at Bell & Howell - Information and Learning was purchased as a replacement for a three node VAX 4000 based DSSI cluster. The project was justified on maintenance cost savings. The new systems are paying for themselves within two years, so affordability was a major configuration requirement. The new cluster is now in production.

Objectives:
Understand the hardware components of a basic OpenVMS SCSI Cluster and how they go together.
 
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using a SCSI based cluster for a high availability environment.
 
Understand the OpenVMS installation steps necessary to implement a SCSI cluster.  

Prerequisites for attendees:
A general understanding of OpenVMS Cluster configurations, topology and functionality is suggested.

Required Skill Level:
Intermediate
Assumes general knowledge of topic, familiarity w/basic terms & procedures

                                                                                                                                                                           

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