SUMMARY: SDS/SVM+UFS vs Foundation Suite on Solaris 8/9 Systems

From: Caparroso, Nelson T. (AAS) <>
Date: Mon Jul 01 2002 - 10:27:14 EDT
Over a dozen responses... and a fairly divided bunch. Half  still insisting
on VxVM plus add-ons on enterprise critical servers regardless of "size"
while others are indeed discovering the cost benefits of just employing SDS
(or SVM as it is in Solaris 9) and just using UFS.

Regarding the "free PHOTON" license on 3500's and V880 -  most claim this is
a bug because of a code in VxVM that see's the FC chip on the 3500/V880 the
same as a SSA/SENA... but I have seen this behaviour in practically all
versions of VxVM... many mentioned that this will be "rectified" .

>  -----Original Message-----
> Been itching to ask this, so here it goes:
> I've been questioning the practice of still having Foundation Suite
> (Veritas Volume Manager + VxFS) on small to mid-sized server
> implementations under Solaris 8/9 environments - for the very reason that
> SDS/SVM already is a robust product and with soft partitions - is highly
> configurable. Also, since UFS is vastly improved with logging and improved
> directIO performance why invest on VxFS? And since most of these boxen are
> 3500's and V880's which have the PHOTON license for the internal FC loop -
> VxVM license should come free and  we could still stick with UFS and
> realize co$t savings..
> Any thoughts on these?
> Thanks and I will summarize.
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