Difference between Zone Set and VSAN

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Aug 28th, 2007

It looks from the config the a Zone is the connection between the server and the switch port, is this correct?

What is the difference between a Zone Set and a VSAN?

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inch Tue, 08/28/2007 - 15:16


A zone can contain "connections" from server, port on switch, storage device or another server.

A zoneset is a collection of zones. One zoneset can be active in a vsan at a time.

A vsan (virtual san) is a means of segregating traffic from one SAN. You might want to do this to separate development traffic from production.

inch Fri, 04/11/2008 - 21:51


One reason to have multiple zonesets is for a backout procedure after making a change.

It is possible to clone your active zoneset to a new zoneset, make your changes then activate this new one.

If something went wrong you can simply re-activate the old zoneset.



spwvol1978 Wed, 08/29/2007 - 19:28

vsan: an allocation of switch ports that can span multiple physical switches and forms a virtual switch (i.e. fabric). A single switch can contain multiple vsans.

zoneset: a set of zones. You zone a fabric and activate a zoneset against a fabric. Only 1 zoneset can be active in a fabric.


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